Once a year we take a night to free ourselves of distraction and spend time with God. What is it and why do we do this?
For some, hearing that music can act as “worship” might be confusing, and for others, it may be a habit that isn’t given much thought. So, why is it that we sing on Sundays? Why is music part of what we do?
For John, who has served as a vocalist on the team for about a year, music plays a pivotal role in his ability to connect with God.
“During a past event like this I was going through a lot of stuff, in a dark place and feeling overwhelmed,” he says. “I wasn’t sure what to think or what to do. And then they started singing ‘Oceans,’ one of my favorites.”
Even though it’s a popular song, it hadn’t been part of Sundays for awhile, so this came as a surprise to John.
“It was the first time I felt God was really answering my prayer,” he says. “I started crying, then laughing and crying. I was reminded God is here with me through all my struggles, and it was that song He used to speak to me. That’s the power of music.”
But, why devote a whole night to music?
“We all worship in different ways,” John says. “Maybe you’re not going to be the person lifting your hands, but it can be a time for you to spend in prayer in a conversation with God.”
Hannah, who serves as a leader on the Worship Team, describes music as “a gift He’s given all of us.”
“Worship is not just about singing and music,” says Hannah. “Even if you’re not comfortable singing, I’d encourage you to come because God uses these moments to draw our hearts to Him.”
It’s also a time when you can be fully focused on being with Christ, she adds.
“We can do that all the time, but there’s something powerful in being able to do that with our family, our community.”
“Music is simply a tool for responding to all Christ has done for us, it’s like engaging and meditating on His Word,” she says. “He created music and enjoys music. You can see it throughout scripture.”
Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before Him, singing with joy. – Psalms 100
God uses music to speak to us. Over the years, members of the band started writing songs- things they felt God was showing and teaching them in their own lives and in the lives of our community. Dana, the Arts Director, saw this and realized how important it was for the team to come together in the writing process. Together, they completed several original tracks and made an album that was released last year. Some originals, plus your Sunday favorites will be part of Worship Night.
See you there! Worship Night is February 22nd at 8pm – 301 Garden Street