Notes from the Worship Committee:
Time: In an effort to keep our services on time, we will be keeping our announcements to an absolute minimum. Instead, the announcements will be placed in the church bulletin, newsletter, and will be continuously posted in church emails. We will trust these mediums for communication. If you are not currently on our church email list, please contact Sherry Unger at 650-2020.
Movement of Musicians: Many people have shared with us that they are distracted when our musicians move during prayer or preaching. Please know that, in order to avoid long pauses in the worship, our musicians will have to move quietly on the stage. We feel that these discreet movements are necessary and proper and we do not feel that this is disrespectful to the Lord in any way.
Instrumental Music: So that you are aware, our pastors have asked our musicians to play soft instrumental music during the pastoral prayer to set a tone of worship. Not always, but at times the musicians will also be instructed to play instrumental music during closing moments of a sermon in order to move the congregation directly into a response of worship.
Standing v. Sitting: The congregation is often instructed to stand during worship, however we realize that many of our people may not be able to stand for long periods of time. Therefore, please know that you are permitted to sit at any time during the singing portion of worship.
Entertainment v. Worship: This is a topic that is often discussed among our worship team. In our music and preaching, our desire is to lead God’s people into worship of the Living God. However, in keeping with scripture, we also desire to engage the entire being of our people – intellect, will, and emotion. While we want to avoid “emotionalism” (defining the quality of worship by how it makes us feel), we believe that God has made us as emotional beings, and therefore, emotion is an expected response to the Lord. No one knows the heart of another person, and so we would ask you to prayerfully consider that when congregants clap, laugh, weep, lift their hands, or say Amen – they are doing so to the glory of the Lord. Yet, we would ask that these responses be expressed in an orderly fashion, and in keeping with the natural direction of our worship services.
Shoes v. Bare Feet: As many of you may have noticed, during our contemporary service, a couple of our musicians lead us without wearing shoes. We assure you that our musicians DO wear shoes to church, but they find it more helpful to be barefooted when they using the foot pedals associated with their instruments – just like an organist who doesn’t wear shoes because they are better able to play the foot pedals of the organ. Again, in keeping with Exodus 3:5, we do not believe that this is disrespectful to the Lord.
As always, please keep us in prayer as we desire to bring fame and glory to God in all that we do at Surfside Presbyterian Church.