Worship

Worship Ministry   

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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
Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple
                 Summer Worship Series

       
         He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. He was the first to profess Jesus as the Son of God, yet he later denied knowing him. Simon Peter is an ordinary fisherman who heard an extraordinary call. In this five week study based on Adam Hamilton’s book by the same name, we will study Peter’s life in-depth from his call as a fisherman through his death. Perhaps we will see ourselves in Simon Peter, the flawed but ultimately faithful follower of Jesus Christ.

July 19                  Fishing Reluctantly in Deep Waters               John 1:35-42; Luke 5:1-11                    Jesus calls the fisherman, Simon, on the Sea of Galilee’s shoreline, asking him to "push into the deep water". Simon reluctantly agrees. The deep waters are the places we would rather not go, or have painful memories of from previous experiences. After witnessing the power of Jesus, Peter leaves everything he’s ever known to follow the call to catch or fish for people. "Fishing for people" would push them, and us, into the deep waters of a whole world filled with suffering and spiritual hunger. 

July 26            Walking with Jesus in the Storms        Psalm 107:23-32; Matthew 14:22-34
               
After the death of John the Baptist and unexpectedly feeding 5,000 people, Jesus was emotionally and physically exhausted. He sent the disciples on a boat trip while he went up to the mountain alone to pray. That night, a storm arose that put the lives of the disciples in jeopardy. Upon seeing Jesus on the water, Peter asked to join him. He does the impossible until he lost his focus on Jesus, distracted by the storm. Jesus doesn’t rescue us from the storm, but he keeps us from drowning. Often it’s the presence of Jesus in the storms that leads to a deeper profession of faith, “Truly, you are the Son of God.”

August 2              Bedrock or Stumbling Block?                                       Matthew 16:13-23
               
Yes. Simon Peter was not a perfect saint or an evil villain. He was human, a mixture of faith and doubt, of clarity and obscurity, of alignment with God’s will and against it. Just like each of us. One minute he makes the audacious claim that Jesus is the long-awaited for Messiah, a revelation from God the Father. Just a few verses later he is an obstacle, setting his mind on human things instead of divine will. Peter means rock. This rock was both a foundation on which to build faith in Jesus the Messiah as well as a stumbling rock to Jesus fulfilling his Messianic mission. When are the times you have felt aligned with God’s will? When are the times you have been a stumbling block, keeping your mind more on the human perspective instead of the divine?

August 9           I Will Not Deny You                                                         Matthew 26:31-35, 69-75
               
Promises, promises. While often made with good intentions, sometimes the promises we make to God, to others, and to ourselves are not kept. Peter emphatically declared he would never deny Jesus; however, less than 12 hours later he did exactly that. It was a moment of weakness, of failure that is told by all four gospels. That night could have destroyed him, but instead it eventually propelled him into a faithful ministry of proclaiming Christ the last 35 years of his life. Our failures are not a reason to give up, quit, or stop. They only remind us that we are both flawed and faithful, and that God can use us, like Peter, in powerful ways for years to come.

August 16            Peter’s Re-Call                                  John 21:4-18; Acts 2:36-41
               
After Peter’s biggest failure, he needed a second chance, actually 3 second chances. Jesus finds him where it all began, fishing on the Sea of Galilee. The parallels to Peter’s call story are palpable. Peter recalls the good ‘ole days when Jesus re-calls him into discipleship. After three opportunities to profess his love for Jesus, Peter receives his life’s purpose: to feed Jesus’ sheep and lambs. Peter proclaims for the next 35 years the Good News of the Gospel, starting with Pentecost. He becomes the leading disciple among the early church movement and causes some waves when he proclaims that Gentiles are welcome without following Jewish laws. Peter arguably becomes the most influential disciples of the original twelve, flaws and all.

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. - 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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