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. However, during Covid restrictions, our service is virtual at 10:00 AM on the Youtube channel.

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.

Advent Worship Series:            

A Discipleship Journey with Matthew
          
  Discipleship is how we live out our calling to be followers of Jesus both individually and as a church. The Matthew 25 initiative of the PC(USA) is a call to actively engage the world as disciples of Jesus Christ through three foci: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty. This winter we will journey through Matthew’s gospel as we explore these themes, bracketed by the two events that point to Jesus’ identity: baptism and transfiguration. Come join us as we are comforted and challenged by Jesus’ words. Join us as together we grow in our discipleship.

Jan. 3 – The Pilgrimage of Discipleship                Epiphany Sunday                                                          Matthew 2:1-12                 Matthew is the only author who describes the pilgrimage of the Magi. These Gentiles go to great lengths to offer their gifts to the newborn king, Jesus, even risking their lives. Nevertheless, they make the difficult journey to experience Jesus themselves and then offer their presents to him. What lengths will you go to to have an experience of Jesus? What gifts will you offer him?

Jan. 10 – Baptism Is Just the Beginning               Baptism of the Lord Sunday                                 Matthew 3:13-17
              
Where does discipleship begin? In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus’ ministry begins at his baptism, where he is claimed as God’s beloved child and anointed with the gifts of the Spirit. The same is true for us. Baptism is the beginning of a lifelong journey of discipleship in Jesus’ name.

Jan. 17 – Dismantling Structural Racism                                                                                Micah 6:8; Matthew 23:23-28 
           
This form of discipleship fulfills the call to “do justice.” Justice involves applying our faith to break down the systems, practices, and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice, and oppression of people of color. Both our inward thoughts and our outward actions must align with the “weightier matters” of justice, mercy, and faith. How will we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our brothers and sisters of color? In what ways will we address our inner biases, our outward actions, and our society’s systemic discrimination?

Jan. 24 – Eradicating Systemic Poverty                                                                       Matthew 6:2-4; Matthew 22:34-40
         
   Discipleship not only temporarily relieves the needs of the poor but works to eliminate the laws, policies, and structures that promote the economic exploitation of people who are poor. Loving our neighbor means both addressing the immediate short term problems as well as the underlying long term issues that keep people in poverty. Our giving and our actions must reach out to those who live in poverty in order to demonstrate the love of God for all people. While we may not eradicate poverty, how can we contribute to loving our neighbor in poverty by working on short term and long term solutions?

Jan. 31 – Building Congregational Vitality                                                        Matthew 28:16-20; Matthew 10:5-20
            Congregational vitality deepens and energizes our faith to grow joyful disciples sharing the gospel of Jesus by word and deed. Vitality is measured not by church membership, worship attendance, or budget size, but by a church’s faithfulness in demonstrating the love and justice of Jesus. Matthew 10 embodies this mission as twelve disciples are sent into the community to proclaim the good news, teach, heal, and confront evil. Jesus sends us out as disciples to become an integral part of the community and to bless them in significant ways. How are we engaging our community, meeting their needs and becoming a blessing? In what ways are you sent out on a mission to your neighborhood to bestow peace and share love?

Feb. 7  - Being a Matthew 25 Church: Actively Engaged in the World                                          Matthew 25:31-46
       
     A Matthew 25 church is outward oriented, existing for the sake of others by advocating for justice, serving the poor, and blessing the surrounding community. The sheep and the goats are separated and judged on how they treat “the least of these.” Sheep live with compassion, generosity, and self-sacrifice as they provide for the basic needs of those whom they meet. Unbeknownst to them, they serve Jesus himself and are welcomed into his kingdom.

Feb. 14 – Shining God’s Glory One Degree at a Time           Transfiguration Sunday
                                                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 3:12-18; Matthew 17:1-9 (10-23)  
                      
  How can we see God’s glory? The disciples glimpsed it in the face of Jesus Christ on the mountain of transfiguration. The early church leader Irenaeus said we can see it in “a human being fully alive.” To live into our calling as Jesus’ disciples is to shine with God’s glory.

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. 

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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