C.S. Lewis once said: "Anytime the worshiper's attention is drawn more to the performer than to God, the musician has done a great injustice." By the very implication of the term 'worship,' we proclaim that the Triune God is solely worthy to be worshipped. In a culture where the performing arts are often oriented toward personal entertainment, our highest goal is to please our Savior, Jesus Christ. In worship, Christians respond with all that they are (mind, emotions, will, body) to who God is, to what God says, and to what God does.
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We are not overly concerned with the style of music and feel that God can be worshiped through various genres of music. Our styles can vary from week to week. At times we may use a full pop/rock band with a vocal team, at other times we may lead the congregation with the help of an acoustic "unplugged" band fully equipped with accordions, acoustic bass and percussion, we may use just one leader with a guitar, or a full choir with orchestra.
There are universal musical qualities that we seek to implement in our musical worship: we put a high emphasis on interesting and singable melodies and on instrumental musical excellence. The songs can be stylistically diverse and span from the most current contemporary songs (i.e. Hillsong, Sovereign Grace, Tomlin, etc) all the way to old hymns (i.e. Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, etc).
We want our songs to be centered on God and the Gospel. We want our congregational songs to speak of the majesty, power, holiness and character of God. Since God is most clearly revealed in the work of His Son on the cross, we want to seize many opportunities to sing of the Gospel and how it shows the greatness of God in all aspects of salvation.
We desire to glorify God with our best resources and with the highest effort of musical excellence. In 2 Samuel 24:24 David affirms: "I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing." Our approach to musical worship echoes the words of King David by emphasizing the necessity of our greatest effort in worshiping the King of Kings. We cannot approach the worship of our great God with a casual attitude. Instead, each one must do his/her very best to glorify God with excellence and to provide a worship environment free of distractions for the local body of believers.
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
~ Psalm 147:1