Worship as Foundation
Worship is our justified response to God. It goes beyond music and lyrics. Worship happens when we choose to serve the Lord, faithfully, in small things; when we take on the mantle of patience through difficult times and areas or our lives. Worship, coupled with music, can be a powerful force. This is witnessed throughout the Bible. We notice how David’s playing of the harp calmed the troubled King Saul when, in the first book of Samuel, an evil spirit tormented him. During the battle of Jericho, the musicians blew trumpets and let out cries of triumph, leading to the collapse of Jericho’s walls. Even angels in the book of Revelation are described as singing an endless chorus of, “’Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
The music program at First Baptist Church operates on a convergence of historical and contemporary themes. Our Sunday bulletin might include music anywhere from Haydn to Hillsong. This provides a musical outlet for each person of the congregation.
The Chancel Choir is, quite literally, the “voice” of First Baptist Church. It includes twenty plus dedicated vocalists that come to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. This group covers all vocal parts (soprano, alto, tenor and bass). Repertoire consists of varying styles (classical, traditional and contemporary) accompanied by piano and organ. New members are always welcome. Rehearsal takes place on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m. A nursery is provided for any singers with young children.
The Praise Team adds a layer of Contemporary Worship Music (CWM), encouraging a more casual approach to the throne room. This team consists of vocalists, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion. We meet once a week for rehearsal. Please contact the Director of Music if you wish to be involved in some way.
Jesus loved the little children and even encouraged his disciples to follow their example. During this time, we sing songs together that build on biblical teaching in a fun and engaging way.