by Joe Mayers
My Dear King’s Cross Family,
It is a privilege and pleasure to serve as your worship leader over this last year. Those of you who know my story understand that it is only by grace that I am in this position, and I hold it with seriousness and respect. With that in mind, I want to share with you a brief summary of the philosophy of worship through song that we, the church leadership, are striving to uphold. These ideas are biblically based and aimed at further equipping each of us for the daily work of ministry for the glory of God and the good of our neighbors.
- We intentionally maintain a relatively small repertoire of songs so that we may be well versed (haha, music pun) in the words and melodies, thereby encouraging corporate singing. Gathering for corporate worship is an important Christian discipline and one we must not neglect (Heb. 10:24-25). God is glorified—and we are encouraged—when we continually come together to serve and worship him (Romans 12:3-8). The act of singing in unison is a further demonstration of our common goal of worshiping God as one body.
- We choose songs that focus on God, who He is, and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ. Throughout our series in the Psalms, we have seen that our hearts play a vital role in worship. God has given us the gift of emotions, and we should indeed use them for his glory! But an unbridled, untaught heart can be dangerous. Jeremiah 17:9 says that, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” The question, of course, is rhetorical, for the Lord is the one who searches hearts. By carefully selecting God-exalting and Christ-centered songs, we seek to inform our hearts by the truth and give direction to our beautiful gift of emotion.
- Worship doesn’t stop when the singing ends. We are beings created to worship! Sunday mornings should not be a once-weekly “pause for Jesus,” but a communal continuance of a worship routine that has been carrying on all week long. When we sing, and confess, and learn, and pray, and feast, and remind ourselves of God’s grace together, we are reinforcing rhythms to manifest in our everyday lives. Scripture says that, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31) This means that every action: work, family time, even sleep, can be done to the glory of God!
With these points in mind, we have created a playlist of all the songs we have in our worship rotation. It is my hope that you will listen to them periodically, as you have time, and that it will be an encouragement as you continually seek to worship God with your whole life.
Grace and Peace,
P.S. – If you don’t know the story of how I came to lead worship at King’s Cross, I’ll be sharing at our next connect coffee. Feel free to come by and hear all the juicy details!