Sing to the LORD, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be held in awe above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. Ascribe to the LORD, O clans of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness. - 1 Chronicles 16:23-29
"He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord." - Psalm 40:3
The God whom we serve is real and present as we gather together to worship Him. We lift our hearts, voices, instruments, gifts and talents as we celebrate Christ's work on the cross and the love and mercy He freely gives. We seek not to merely lead others in worship, but to worship together, experiencing the life-changing effects of an ever-growing relationship with Christ resulting in:
Devotion to the truth of the gospel - Promote the truth of Scripture through all aspects of our worship service. God’s Word is the foundation upon which our services are built and the basis of our appeal to the Lord. (Isaiah 40:8)
Give all of the glory to God
- We want to “disappear” and allow the greatness of God to shine through. Our trust is in His Message and person, not ourselves as messengers. (Psalm 115:1)
- Open & humble (real) before God and the congregation, worship – “lead by worshiping”, striving for a personal encounter with God. Avoiding pride, pretense and posturing, pursuing reverence, with truth and passion applied. (Psalm 96)
Be Relational - You are a part of a team and need to pray for and care for your team members as well as allow them to minister to you.
Be Purposeful - Don’t do things for Coolness’ sake – Everything (music, lights, sound, drama, decor…) should build an environment of worship.
Celebrate diversity - Through musical styles and creative content. Not for the sake of appeasing demographics, but to demonstrate how the glory of God transcends personal preference.
Model Excellence - Actively avoid shoddiness and lack of preparation. Bring your best to God and do your best before God. (Col. 3:23-24)
Demonstrate an active and growing relationship with Christ - Our Sunday experience is a reflection of our daily walk. Be active in the Word and with accountability and an ongoing pursuit of spiritual growth.
Sunday is not a day unto itself… Our services and the worship we experience are a culmination, an extension, of our daily walk with and regular worship of the Lord…
“The local church exists to do corporately what each Christian believer should be doing individually—and that is to worship God. It is to show forth the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. It is to reflect on the glories of Christ ever shining upon us through the ministries of the Holy Spirit.” (A.W. Tozar)