SING to the LORD …
Lots of wonderful things are happening at Switzerland Community Church this year. As we look forward to 2017 I wanted to take a moment to give an idea of where we are going. Last year we had great success in restructuring our Family Ministry department. Rather than letting children, youth and preschool to continue on as individual, isolated islands, we consolidated vision and support by creating the families ministry umbrella under which all those elements come together and begin to work under a unified vision. In 2017 we are taking that same philosophy and taking a look at our worship ministry to do the same thing. We are pulling together music, tech production, front of house (ushers, greeters, connect desk, etc) and liturgy (preaching, communion, scripture reading) and consolidating the vision for those under the banner of worship ministries. There will be a refreshing of vision and a new excitement of unified co-laboring.
We are really excited to take a new look at our holiday services. This year we will have a special service on Good Friday (please save this date on your calendar – April 14) and a special Christmas Eve service. Both of these will showcase all of the amazing God-given talent at SCC. Even though we LOVE the fact that we have two worship services on Sunday in order to offer a worship style that would comfort any one’s worship style, we believe that the holiday services should be one singular big tent under which all members can come together and share. Holiday services will feature all of the great talent we have at SCC, including all of the different musical styles that we are capable of at SCC. We want as big of a tent as possible for holiday services, meaning we want services that have a little something for everyone, but most importantly a focus on who we are worshipping, not how.
Part of the movement in worship ministry is to consolidate and talk about our policies and shared beliefs. I want to publish part of the work we are doing by sharing with you the SCC Philosophy of worship. If you have questions about worship, or you want to get involved, please contact me directly and we will see how we can plug you in!
Switzerland Community Church Philosophy of Worship
At SCC we believe that worship is an essential component of the Christian life. Worship, which includes music but is not limited to it, is the appropriate response of the creation toward the Creator, giving God the honor He is due.
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 feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless 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 families 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 Chr. 16:23-29 ESV)
Worship for the Christian involves an entire lifestyle, not just what happens in the sanctuary on Sunday. Worship is the primary function of humans, who were created in God’s image to glorify Him.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12:1-2 ESV)
Worship is something that every Christian must participate in, however worship leaders are set apart to perform skillfully and intentionally in leading a congregation in worship. This requires God-granted talent, disciplined rehearsal, and organized leadership. This does not elevate the worship leader in any way, rather this is a normal function of those whom the Spirit has gifted in this manner.
David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. (1 Chr. 15:16 ESV)
Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music,
for he understood it. (1 Chr. 15:22 ESV)
They were all under the direction of their father in the music in the house of the LORD with cymbals, harps, and lyres for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the order of the king. The number of them along with their brothers, who were trained in singing to the LORD, all who were skillful, was 288. (1 Chr. 25:6-7 ESV)
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. (Ps. 33:3 ESV)
Pastor Jake Corn
In an effort to continue the move of campus improvements, the next two areas we will do clean-up is under the stage in the sanctuary where there is tech and music equipment we no longer use as well as behind the JCMC stage. These items will be moved to the DAC foyer and will be there for a month. If you have specific questions regarding these items, please feel free to contact me directly.