Music & Worship Ministry
Worship Is Participation
Jesus said, “True worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” (John 4:23b).
Christ Community Church wants to become the kind of worshipers the Father is seeking. This is a heart issue more than a style issue. Authentic worship involves inward sincerity and love for God more than outward forms and practices (1 Samuel 16:7). That said, the New Testament give us specific practices for Christian worship:
• The Scriptures are to be read (1 Timothy 4:13).
• Prayers are to be offered (Matthew 21:13; Acts 4:24-30).
• God’s Word is to be preached (2 Timothy 4:2; Romans 10:14-15).
• The sacraments are to be rightly administered (Matthew 28:19; 1 Corinthians 11: 23-26).
• Praise and worship songs are to be included (Ephesians 5:19).
At Christ Community Church, we seek to celebrate the strengths of both tradition and innovation, all within the parameters of biblically based worship.
During our regular Sunday morning worship gatherings at Christ Community Church:
• We sing vintage hymns celebrating the character and ways of God as our response of gratitude and love to him (pipe organ, brass and wind instruments).
• We sing current songs of worship that also praise God’s character and ways as our response of adoration to him (acoustic worship team).
• We devote considerable time to the public reading of Scripture, often following the Revised Common Lectionary readings in order to hear the whole biblical Story.
• We offer several prayers of adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and requests—spending time connecting with God and supporting each other.
• We listen to intentionally crafted biblical sermons that are sensitive to both ancient and contemporary contexts, leading to life applications and transformation in our day.
• We gather in sacred space in sacred time with sacred symbols surrounding us in order to enhance our connection to God, his Story, and his people.
Beyond our regular Sunday morning worship gatherings at Christ Community Church:
• We receive Holy Communion seven times throughout the year.
• We hold additional worship events during special seasons (Christmas, Holy Week, etc.).
• We seek to resume our chancel choir and music ensembles after the pandemic.
• We seek to resume our age-adjusted worship (nursery and children’s church) after the pandemic.
It is clear from Scripture that God is worthy to be praised, but why does he want to be praised? For more theological reflections on why we worship, check out Pastor Tim’s blog post on This New Life called, “Why Does God Want Our Praise?”
William Temple has said, “Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God. It is the quickening of the conscience by his holiness; the nourishment of mind with his truth; the purifying of imagination by his beauty; the opening of the heart to his love; the surrender of will to his purpose—all this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable.”
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