WORSHIP – “upwards”
For millennia, the people of God have made music and sung their praise to the King of Kings. Together in these times, we seek and expect to encounter and experience the very real presence of God as we take the time to dwell with Him, celebrating His glory, grace and goodness towards us.
Worship in our churches
St Thomas à Becket
We value a traditional liturgy for its time-honoured beauty and its reverence, which we find uplifting to the mind and spirit.
The 08.00am service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays is a quiet and reverential spoken service.
The 10.30am service has an emphasis on traditional hymn singing, with organ accompaniment. There is a small informal choir.
We are blessed by having a talented regular organist, Jules Addison, who is also often available to play at weddings.
We are passionate about worshipping God and find that one of our key expressions of this is through band-led, vibrant and engaging corporate times of sung praise and worship.
Our worship band each Sunday is drawn from a large team of musicians who are all members of our congregation. They meet regularly to rehearse and worship together.
If you are a church member and sing or play an instrument and are passionate about worship or the technical side of sound or vision, and would like to find out more about how to get involved with the worship team, please contact us.
Values in worship
Our values have been established and inspired in the light of Psalm 71
- Our worship should be accessible to all. The Psalmist says in verse 1: In you LORD I have taken refuge. This carries with it the idea of being able to encounter God in a meaningful and transformational way. Our worship has a pastoral function, it helps people to connect with, or to access God, whatever their circumstances. It also has implications for the style in which we worship, which must be as accessible as possible to both those who are part of the church, and those who are not yet part of the church.
- The Psalm paints a picture of someone worshipping God from cradle to grave. For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth, and also: Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone. This value stresses the importance of helping all the generations of the church to engage with God, sometimes together, sometimes separately. We are a family and our worship should reflect this.
- The Psalmist says Though you have made me see troubles many and bitter, you will restore my life again. Our sung worship must be honest and have emotional range and depth. We must be honest and authentic Christians as we lead worship too.
- We should be declaring the great truths of the Bible when we worship. There is another side to the value of Authority, namely spiritual authority to see the Kingdom advance and declare Jesus’ victory over evil. We should be expectant to see God move in power as we worship - healing, the prophetic and life transformation. The Psalm closes with a note of victory, v.24 My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion.
- The Psalmist says in verse 7 & 8: I have become a sign to many; you are my strong refuge. My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your spender all day long. There is an evangelistic edge to the Psalmist’s worship - he is a sign to many. Every time we lead worship we need to inspire people to experience something of the glory of God. If we are to accomplish this we need to lead with both excellence and with humility.