This ministry is responsible for all aspects of the
worship life of the church. Working with the Pastor, this Ministry not only
coordinates the details of the Sunday service, but plans and executes special worship opportunities
throughout the year. It is the responsibility of the Worship Ministry to enable
you to experience and grow in your relationship with God.
The Worship Ministry of
King's Grant Presbyterian Church oversees two Sunday morning worship services (8:45 AM
Contemporary Service and an 11:00 AM Traditional Service) as well as several
vocal and bell choirs of various age levels. The music program is particularly
strong and diversified. Nursery service is provided for both services as well
as Faith Formation classes. Communion is
normally served on the first Sunday of each month, on Maundy Thursday and
Christmas Eve. All are welcome and invited to the table.
Worship is central to our lives. It is that time when, regardless of what else is going on in our lives, we put it all aside and come together for a single purpose--to worship our Lord. In worship we find common bonds. With one mind and one heart, we publicly proclaim our faith, give God our thanks, praise and adoration, confess our sins, pray for each other, and receive teaching and encouragement from the Bible for our spiritual growth.
CURRENT SERMON SERIES:
Gifts of the Dark Wood
This series, based on the book by the same name by Eric
Elnes, is about “seeing life through new eyes, recognizing that experiences of
failure, emptiness, and uncertainty are as critical for finding our way through
life as they are unavoidable.” We will see how experiences of life through the
“dark wood” actually open us to lessons and new growth that wouldn’t otherwise
be possible. How can the struggles of life be the seedbed of spiritual
awakening to the fullness of life?
January 19 The
Gift of Temptation Matthew 4:1-11 We ask God
to “lead us not into temptation,” but temptation remains an integral part of
life. While we might not audibly hear Satan’s voice, the temptations of this
world lure us away from God. What does Jesus’ temptation teach us about how to
face our own? In the temptation, we are formed through our discipleship,
informed through God’s Word, and transformed through the process. The
temptation prepares Jesus for his ministry and prepares us for our ministry as
well.January 26 The
Gift of Uncertainty Matthew 14:22-33 “Sometimes…
you need to step away from the security of your boat onto the stormy sea of
your own awakening to discover that a sinking stone is a far firmer foundation
than you ever have imagined.” We are invited to explore all the places where we
find ourselves–not just the seemingly stable and blessed places, but the ones
that feel like utter failure, or the most tenuous at the least. These are the
places where Jesus says “Do not be afraid, it’s me calling you out here to find
the depths of your very soul.”February 2 The
Gift of Emptiness Luke
9:18-25 Our journey
through the Dark Wood invites us to the gift of emptiness. Many of us at some
point feel empty inside and we fear that there is nothing there of worth. But
what if we let go of our obsession with worthiness and embraced the idea that
if we want to be filled by God’s Spirit and power, getting empty is the best
way. We must empty ourselves, as Jesus did on the cross, in order to follow
him. Paradoxically, to save our lives we must first deny and empty ourselves
before God.February 9 The
Gift of Getting Lost I
Samuel 3 The path of
life is rarely clear or straight-forward. We find ourselves lost in a Dark
Wood, unclear which direction to go, perhaps having strayed from the path we
thought we were on. It is at these times that the gift of getting lost is that
we begin to pay more attention than we usually do. Perhaps we are looking for
blatant signs when the subtle nudges of Spirit are already right there.
Sometimes in getting lost, God finds us…and we find our way.February 16 The
Gift of Weakness 2
Corinthians 12:5-10 No one
wants to be weak. Weakness means we need help, we are incompetent on our own
and must have someone else so that we can accomplish what we want to do. Yet,
weakness keeps us dependent on God, reminding us that we cannot live an
abundant life on our own. Our weakness reminds us how powerful God is, for
God’s power is made perfect in weakness. So let us boast of our weaknesses!
February 23 The
Gift of Failure John
5:1-9, Romans 5:1-5 Journeying
in the Dark Wood, the last gift we are given is failure. Like the past five
weeks, failure hardly seems like a gift. We avoid failure at all costs, trying
not to embarrass ourselves. The paralyzed man who had been ill 38 years failed
several times to get into the pool in time to receive healing. Yet his failure
gave him an opportunity to meet Jesus, and more than just his body was healed
that day. Failure and suffering drives our imaginations, our endurance, our
character, and even our hope. God is at work in us when we receive the gift of
UPCOMING LENTEN SERIES Busy: Reconnecting
with an Unhurried GodCome to me all you who are weary and are carrying heavy
burdens, I will give you rest. (Mat. 11:28) The season
of Lent has often been a time when we think about "giving something up.”
But what if we thought less about "giving up" and more about “slowing
down” and "making room?" In this Lent series, we will find out what
it really costs to be so busy. Join us as we reconnect with an unhurried God.February 26, 2020 Ash
Wednesday: Busy Matthew
6:1-6 In this
21st century world many of us have come to believe, however subconsciously,
that being “busy” is what is required of us and ultimately what makes us a good
person. But perhaps we’ve forgotten that God isn’t looking for humans to
“perform” as if we must earn God’s love (or anyone’s love) through succumbing
to a faster pace for more productivity in order to be “worthy." How can we
be “simply and honestly” present in this Lent season? We begin by repenting or
“turning around” from unrealistic expectations and false beliefs.March 1, 2020 Table
Twenty-third Psalm is a great comfort to us as we imagine the green pastures
andstill waters. It also recalls the dark valleys and calls us
into the not-so-easy practice ofsitting down at the table with our enemies. An unhurried God
is present with us in thegood times and in the difficult time and invites us to be
radically present to each otherin the same way. Have we been too busy to be really present
to one another?March 8, 2020 Does It Fit You Well? Matthew
11:28-30 Jesus never
promised that the yoke would literally be "easy." This is a
mistranslation. In this context of yoking oxen, the translation means
"well fitting." As we continue our "Busy" series, we
discover that each of us has a tempo that fits well, that energizes us. What
tempo gives you life and energy?March 15, 2020 Tuning
10:38-42 Martha was
busy. Mary chose to be still, to tune in to Jesus. The lesson here is not thatit is bad to work, but that we also need times of connection
to God. Tuning in to theholy may mean just taking time to notice things that are
beckoning to dwell with us awhile. What contemplative practices can feed and nourish our
active lives?March 22, 2020 Lightening
the Load Luke
12:29-34 No one, at
the end of their life, would say, "I should have spent more time at theoffice." And yet many of us live with the tyranny of
measuring-up that keeps usweighed down. Lightening the load of expectations and
"shoulds" is one way to lightenup as well as to literally lighten the clutter that crowds
out our serenity. How do wecreate space to flourish in the ways God intends?March 29, 2020 Everything
Has Its Time Ecclesiastes
3:1-13 For many of
us in this modern, industrial, tech-savvy world, we have lost touch withthe seasonality of life. We want what we want, when we want
it. We come to believethat no time is off limits and the lines between busy and
rest, work and play, havebecome increasingly blurred. How far are we from the rhythms
and "pleasure of ourtoil?" What cost to ourselves, to our relationships,
and to our planet is this franticpace?April 5, 2020 Give It
a Rest (Palm Sunday) Exodus
20:8; Mark 2:21-28 The
commandment to keep the Sabbath is one that might not seem as important as theone about not murdering. But what, and who, suffers in our
society when we valueeconomic security over well-being? As we give witness yet
again to the story of Jesus'entrance into Jerusalem, proclaiming justice for the
oppressed, we must also proclaimjustice and peace... and rest... for the weary of this
world.April 9, 2020 Making
Time for What’s Important (Maundy Thursday) John
13:12-35 At the Last
Supper, Jesus was doing and saying things that he knew would be his last.How would we spend our time if we knew there was not much of
it left? This Holy Week worship experience will make space for guided
conversation, food and reflection–a time of naming and claiming the most
important things of life.
We have two gifted and creative people on our staff to lead our music programs. Janet Phelps is Director of Music Ministry, and Jill Caynor is Director of Children’s Choirs. Our music ministry is designed to give people of many ages and abilities a chance to express their heartfelt love for God in creative and meaningful ways.
Youth Choir –is for youth from grade four and up. They rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
Rainbow Choir – is for children from kindergarten through third grade. They rehearse on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m.
Cherub Choir – is for children from three years through five years. They rehearse on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.
King’s Grant Presbyterian has several handbell choirs. They participate in the worship services at various times during the year. Rehearsals are scheduled from September through the school year.
King’s Bells – rehearses on Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and offer music for worship every few weeks.
Chancel Bells –Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. They also offer music for worship every few weeks.
Youth Bells – is a handbell choir for 4th through 12th graders. Rehearsals are on Thursdays at 6:15 p.m.
Our contemporary worship music team consists of vocalists and instrumentalists playing drums, guitar and other instruments for contemporary Christian music. Rehearsal times are Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Sunday mornings prior to worship at 8:00 a.m.
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into His presence with singing! ” Psalms 100: 1-2
Christmas Season— Our annual Service of Lessons and Carols is presented by the Sanctuary Choir, Bell Choirs, Children’s Choirs, and Orchestra.
KGPC has three Christmas Eve services. 3:00 p.m - A Casual Candlelight and Communion service where we will sing all our favorite Christmas hymns and hear the Christmas story through scripture.5:00 p.m. - A Bell service for the whole family. All are invited to bring a favorite bell and to ring them during the service while singing Christmas music together as a church family. 7:00 p.m. - At we will have a Candlelight service with Communion with Sanctuary Choir, Music Team, our Children & Youth Choirs, and instruments.
Easter Season - On Easter day we celebrate the risen Lord at 7:00 a.m., 8:45 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. The Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. is outside around the cross as we usher in this glorious day. The 8:45 a.m. service is a contemporary way to celebrate the resurrection with our Music Team and added instrumentalists. The 11:00 a.m. service provides special music with the Sanctuary Choir, handbell choirs and added instrumentalists.
Summer Picnic On the Lawn - We have an annual patriotic picnic on the lawn the Sunday on or before July 4th. This is a gift to the community and all are invited to bring neighbors and enjoy music and a picnic with hotdogs, chips, watermelon, snowcones and homemade pies!
King’s Academy of Fine Arts—This program offers morning classes in music, art, and dance/creative movement. Classes are September through May and open to 2 1/2 to 5 year olds. Contact Janet Phelps, Music Director for more information.
Trinity Preschool—This program offers morning and afternoon classes (M T W 9 -12 & 12:30 – 3:30) for 3 and 4 year olds. Classes are held September through the school year. Registration begins in January. We have experienced teachers-CPR, First Aid & MAT trained, an assistant teacher in each class, music teacher, and chapel teacher. There are field trips & special programs, a new playground and we are certified by the Department of Social Services. For more information contact: Trinity Preschool Director, Marion Mitchell (757-478-4381)
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