Worship Team

Love God, Love People, Grow in God’s Grace. The worship team has adopted this mission statement. When we’re up front leading worship we’re not just a singing team. We are a ministering team. First and foremost, we want to minister to God in song. We also want to minister to people not only in song, but in praying for people and caring for them. We can’t do that unless we’re walking with God in the manner we should, so we’re learning how to do that better.

Colossians 3:16 says “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” This verse captures the essence of my thought process as I pick worship songs. In my mind, worship music should be about offering thanks and praise to the Lord. But it should also be about teaching and admonishing.

One of my favorite “teaching” songs is “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”. It describes what Christ did for us as well our humble position. In other words, we didn’t deserve His mercy but He offered it anyway. There are plenty of teaching songs out there, both old and new. I believe they need to be included in our worship.

Now comes the admonishing. Any song that encourages us to choose Christ and to live for Him is high on my list. Brian Doerksen wrote a song that starts out – “Today I choose to follow You”. Later he sings “As for me and my house, we will follow You”. Following Him is more than just saying “Yes, I believe”. It’s about living our lives the way he wants us to. It’s about loving one another, in spite of our differences. It’s about living a pure life. Anyone who knows me, knows that I tend to prod people to do the right thing, to live a right life. I know I need that same prodding from others on occasion, just to keep me on track.

Here’s a side note on worship styles. We offer a traditional service and a contemporary service. I’m not interested in debates about which is better. That’s more about personal tastes than anything. I think it’s important to pick songs that the congregation can relate to. If it’s a mixture of mostly older generation with a few from the younger set, then that’s how I’ll adjust the music. That means it will be mostly hymns and older songs with a spattering of newer songs. For the younger crowd in the second service, it will be mostly contemporary songs, with an occasional hymn thrown in. After all, we don’t want to forget our history.

Hopefully you have a better insight as to how I go about selecting worship music. Now get out there, teaching and admonishing each other. Sing songs to the Lord and don’t forget to thank Him.

Rick Pitman, Worship Director

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