Worship

Worship Ministry

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 failure.

UPCOMING LENTEN SERIES                                           
Busy: Reconnecting with an Unhurried God


Come 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 Manners                         Psalm 23
            The Twenty-third Psalm is a great comfort to us as we imagine the green pastures and
still waters. It also recalls the dark valleys and calls us into the not-so-easy practice of
sitting down at the table with our enemies. An unhurried God is present with us in the
good times and in the difficult time and invites us to be radically present to each other
in 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 In                                            Luke 10:38-42
            Martha was busy. Mary chose to be still, to tune in to Jesus. The lesson here is not that
it is bad to work, but that we also need times of connection to God. Tuning in to the
holy may mean just taking time to notice things that are beckoning to dwell with us a
while. 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 the
office." And yet many of us live with the tyranny of measuring-up that keeps us
weighed down. Lightening the load of expectations and "shoulds" is one way to lighten
up as well as to literally lighten the clutter that crowds out our serenity. How do we
create 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 with
the seasonality of life. We want what we want, when we want it. We come to believe
that no time is off limits and the lines between busy and rest, work and play, have
become increasingly blurred. How far are we from the rhythms and "pleasure of our
toil?" What cost to ourselves, to our relationships, and to our planet is this frantic
pace?

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 the
one about not murdering. But what, and who, suffers in our society when we value
economic 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 proclaim
justice 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.


 

 

 

The programs that encompass the Worship Ministry include:

THE MUSIC:

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.

HANDBELL CHOIRS:

MUSIC TEAM FOR CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP:

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

 “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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