Striving, with excellence and authenticity, to lead genuine, uncompromising encounters between God and His people.
The Purpose of FBC Worship
The primary purpose of any worship team is to give glory to God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. He is the Alpha and Omega, the God of the Universe who is to be the whole purpose of our lives. He is worthy of all our worship, and in our church, the responsibility lies with the worship team to help design and facilitate congregational worship encounters that allow others to experience genuine, uncompromising worship of God.
Working as a whole, the worship team brings several elements to our service of worship including music, but also reinforcement of the spoken message, scripture readings, drama, visual arts, and media; these are the visible ministering arts aside from our individual worship. Ministry should not be a responsibility that is taken lightly, nor with mediocrity. We want to bring God the best that we have - our excellence.
In the context of a worship team, excellence would include all of the talents and skills He has blessed us with, time devoted to rehearsals, practicing and learning at home, and leading worship services with a genuine heart to glorify God.
Music is an essential part of worship. Psalm 84:1-4 says, "Sing praises to God, our strength. Sing to the God of Jacob. Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp. Blow the ram's horn at new moon, and again at full moon to call a festival! For this is required by the decrees of Israel; it is a regulation of the God of Jacob" (NLT). Music is something that is not only encouraged for worship in the Bible, but it is commanded. It is a very valuable tool for leading people into worship.
But worship music should never be thought of as the entirety of worship itself. Worship is to be an expression of love and praise toward God that comes out from our entire lives, not just our songs. "Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship" (Romans 12:1 NIV). We are to live our lives for the glory of God - that is true worship. Someone once said, "Every thing we do is either an act of worship or an act of idolatry." The truth is, many people tend to view music as the only form of worship we offer to God. We sing songs and worship God, and then we go home and live our lives like normal. But this is not what God has commanded. Everything we do can be worship. If we walk the dog or fold the laundry to the glory of God, even that is our offering of worship. Serving others is our worship of God. Serving others is our reflection of Christ's heart in our lives.