As a ministry, and more importantly as a congregation, God has been leading us and growing us to find our “VOICE”. UUMC’s Music and Worship Arts Ministry is becoming more than a ministry that presents musical offerings. It continues to seek God’s direction and guidance to be a ministry that has a deep and meaningful interdependent relationship with the congregation – The Body of Christ.
We have a purpose and a destiny – and it’s all wrapped up in our relationship to our creator God. “Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” (Psalm 100:1 – 3 NIV)
As we draw deeper and closer in our relationship to God we find that our whole being yearns to PRAISE and express passionate Worship. Passionate worship is a necessary thing – the Bible and the glory of God demands it! Lifting our hands and our voices and declaring “the praises of our Lord” become the very fabric of our lives.
The Bible also calls us to worship with all we are; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your understanding, and with all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:33 (NIV)
He calls for us to commit “ALL” – this means our relationship with others, our obedience to God and the way we live everyday. ALL OF LIVES ARE TO BE WORSHIP! EVERYTHING we do and say – whether singing together at church, or working, being at school, interacting with our families – all is to be done in light of, and for, the glory of God.
Colossians 3:17 “Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him”. (NIV)
We are becoming a ministry and a church that doesn’t just sing songs, but a body of believers whose ‘purpose and destiny’ is to live a life of WORSHIP. It’s not just about “going through the motions” but rather giving of ourselves wholeheartedly in worship; singing and saying and demonstrating with others as we gather to celebrate the One who is receiving our praise. It’s both the fruit of our lips and the fruit of our lives
We will continue to commit our ministry and our lives to expressing ‘wholehearted’ worship to actively encounter God and work toward bringing that same Presence to all we meet and in all we do. We will strive to let our roots go down deep in our relationship with the Lord so that both our lips and our life bear much worshipful fruit.