Music in Worship


At Broad Street Ministry, we don’t believe Christian music and non-Christian music are opposites.  The real distinction is between profound and shallow music.

Music in worship at BSM isn’t based on JPMs (Jesuses per minute).  It’s based on how transformative it is – how much has a song changed the world, how much has it liberated people, what has the song taught us about God, others, and ourselves?  How much does the song have to do with the scripture we’re studying that given week?

At BSM, we’ve sung Public Enemy, Common, and Prince; Tracy Chapman, The Beatles, and First Aid Kit; Amazing Grace, Come Thou Fount, and Be Thou My Vision; Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down, We’ll Understand It By and By, and Down to the River to Pray.  The music we make helps make us.

We sing the songs through which we believe God speaks to us, shapes us, and creates with us the Kingdom of God on Earth as it is in Heaven.  This kingdom is characterized by justice, empathy, peace, equality, compassion, healing, love, and liberation. We sing “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Ephesians 5:19) to God, to humanity, and to each other because these songs resonate with us to the deepest core of who we are as individuals, who we are as a community, and who God is as lover of souls and liberator of the oppressed.

Whether you are an art student, a professional musician, or someone with ‘closet’ musical gifts, your participation is welcomed and encouraged.  We want you to be involved. We hope that you’ll let us know what gift you can bring, and that you will step forward and be a part of what God is doing here at Broad Street Ministry.

Our ensemble typically alternates on Sundays between Tony Moore & the Motley Order Choir and John Francis & the Amen Corner.  There is always room for another singer or musician.  If you would like to be part of the Motley Order Choir, contact BSM’s Choirmaster, Tony Moore, at  If you are interested in joining John Francis in the Amen Corner, contact him at

Why I Sing

Find out why these choir members give of their time and talents in worship.




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