Worship


Worship is about responding, with all that we are, to all that God has revealed Himself to be. At Cornerstone we endeavor to give God all the glory that is due to His name. Here are some parameters that help guide us in exalting the Lord.


Integrity of Worship

A hallmark of our worship has been the intentional non-manipulation during worship times. We know that, at any given time, what is an expression of worship for one person may not be for another. One may stand quietly in God’s presence, another may clap or lift their hands in praise to Him. Our desire is that our worship be holy, pure, and pleasing to our Lord. The worship leader will encourage biblical expressions of worship, but will not manipulate or coerce, for that would take away from the sincerity of the worship. Integrity of lifestyle must also be lived out by those in worship leadership. Intimacy with God and willful sin don’t mix. Worship leaders are expected to spend consistent time in God’s presence and in accountable relationship with His Body, so as to be able to lead His people with clean hands and pure heart.


Intimacy of Worship

Expressing and receiving love is the essence of intimacy. Therefore, our worship is filled with intimate songs of love and adoration. Intimate expressions are often gentle and quiet, but you'll find us also expressing our love to Jesus Christ in joy and celebration of who He is and all He has done for us. The majority of our songs are addressed directly to the Lord, for how can one be intimate in "third person?"


Simplicity of Worship

We open our hearts honestly and transparently to God by expression of our love, honor and praise to Him, and then receive His impression of His love, direction, and words of encouragement to us. We sing, clap, stand, kneel, lift our hands, wait, listen, speak - all as simple biblical ways of inclining our hearts toward our Lord. We use music as the primary vehicle of worship, steering away from being performance-oriented, while at the same time having a worship team that provides music that the present generation of churched and unchurched (yet not excluding older generations) can relate to and enjoy, therefore coming into God's presence without distraction. Simplicity (versus complexity) is also desired in the lyrics and music of the songs we sing, for the express purpose of providing something people can take home - songs they can worship the Lord with throughout the week, personally, in small groups, youth groups and children's ministry. Worship that stops when we leave the corporate setting is contrary to our belief that worship needs to be our lifestyle, a daily reality in our lives.


Vulnerability of Worship

An outcome of intimacy is vulnerability. We take off our "faces" before our loving Father. We worship Him in honesty, brokenness, and repentance, letting Him see our pain. We expose our sin to His light, and let our family in Christ know who we really are. God’s presence is the safest place to do this. Exposure before Him is not exposure at all because He knows us better than we know ourselves. Authentic worship happens when we are first honest with God and honest with ourselves. This leads us to be honest, open, and transparent with those around us.


For more information about our worship service, music, and our audio /video ministry please contact Pastor Drew Webb at 563-285-8080.


Music


According to the Bible, singing and music are a required part of worship. There is a strong Old Testament basis for music and singing and songs were very much part of the worship service in the New Testament church as well. Philippians 2.5-11 and Colossians 1.15-20 are widely thought to have been musical passages that were inserted into Paul’s letters.


Singing is our duty and God calls us to make music to Him:

Psalm 81.1; 95.1; Ephesians 5.19; Colossians 3.16; James 5.13; I Corinthians 14.15

Examples of singing and music from Scripture:

I Samuel 10.5; II Samuel 6.5; I Chronicles 23.5; II Chronicles 7.6; Matthew 26.30; Revelation 5.9; Revelation 15.3


Examples of singing accompanied by an instrument:

II Chronicles 30.21; Job 21.12


Our philosophy on worship leadership from the stage is as follows:

Theologically sound- Our music is to be theologically informed. I particularly look for songs that are rich in theology, many of which are hymns (modern and old). People do not walk out of the worship service singing the sermon, but they will walk out of the service singing the songs that connected with their hearts.

Artistic Integrity- Music is an art form and as such there are specific judgments that have to be made concerning accessibility of music, appropriateness to the context, and quality of the “performance.”


Christian Character

We uphold the standards of Christian character in the expression of all of our gifts for God's glory. We also recognize that we serve the Creator God, and that God is the sole object of our worship.


Community

Ministering on the worship team is all about community and working together. This is the first step (next to being a Christian) in leading. Second, it is imperative that those involved in worship leadership are doing so as an act of service. The task of the worship team is to serve the congregation by helping draw them into God’s presence.


Authenticity

We lead from our hearts. The new take is to call the team “lead worshippers.” This new title refers to those who are on stage leading, yet emphasizes the primary goal of that person, worship of God. Leading worship is more about worshipping than leading. If we are not worshipping then the people are more likely to not worship also. The congregation will usually follow the lead of those on the stage.


Audio-Visual

The audio-visual ministry supports the people "up front." Their goal is to be invisible, to allow everything, from a technical perspective, to flow as seemlessly as possible. They run the sound board, as well as video cameras, and computer for the lyrics and sermon points.