What Does the Worship Ministry Do?
As the Worship Arts Ministry of Grace Church, our desire is to utilize the artistic gifts represented in our congregation for the glory of God and the building up of the body of Christ. In all that we do, we seek to “serve the LORD with gladness,” (Psalm 100:2) faithfully stewarding the gifts God has given us. Our primary focus is preparing for and leading in our weekly worship services. We work in collaboration with our pastors, as well as numerous other staff members, elders, and volunteers, to promote artistic excellence and proclaim the gospel of Christ.
What are the Worship Ministry’s Values?
God’s Word is the foundation upon which our services are built, as we know it is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:103-105). As such, we gather together each Sunday to worship biblically: reading the Word, preaching the Word, praying the Word, singing the Word, and seeing the Word through baptism and communion.
We are daily confronted with temptations to exalt ourselves and other creating things above our God, the Creator, who alone is worthy of exaltation. This is why we must be reminded to lift up our mind’s attention and our heart’s affection to adore God alone. To that end, we gather together each Sunday to worship vertically: glorifying the Father by exalting Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Hebrews 10:1-25).
As we meet collectively to glorify God, we also build one another up with gospel truths. Though we all have our various preferences, they are peripheral to our love for and humble submission to our brothers and sisters in Christ. For this reason, we gather together each Sunday to worship horizontally: edifying each other by reminding ourselves and those around us of the gospel and how it sustains us in everyday life. (Ephesians 5:15-21; Colossians 3:12-17)
We stand in a long line of worshippers, from the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, to the first established congregations in the first century, to the European Christians gathered in cathedrals throughout the middle ages, to the Puritan churches scattered along the East coast of America in the 17th century. From this rich history comes a vast wealth of theological and practical worship patterns. Thus, we gather together each Sunday to worship historically: honoring Christian generations past by incorporating their worship traditions into our services.
As we honor the past in our worship, we also reflect modern times and contexts. Though our services are certainly not driven by nuances in our culture, they are filled with people who represent a certain time and context in history. In light of this realization, we gather together each Sunday to worship accessibly: accurately representing the cultures around us through our songs, prayers, and sermons.
How Can I Get Involved?
There are many ways to get plugged in and serve within our ministry, as we encourage and employ a wide range of gifts and skills. Maybe you sing, play an instrument, or have experience with sound equipment or set design. If you are interested in using your gifts in this way or would like more information, contact Worship Arts Director, Josh Poore.