“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer you bodies as living sacrifices,
holy and pleasing to God ~ this is your spiritual act of worship." Romans 12:1
Pinewood’s Worship Choir is open to singers from High School to Adults who sense a calling from God to use their gifts for His glory, in His service and in the service of the church. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 and lead worship at our 8:45 worship service. We invite all who love to sing to join us in the adventure of leading worship. Those in the choir find that it is a joy and a privilege to use their gifts in such a vital and fulfilling way, and we all encourage those of you with a song in your heart to join with us in this ministry!
What is Pinewood’s Worship Choir all about?
A few years ago we changed the name of our 8:45 Worship service choir from “Chancel Choir” to “Worship Choir.” This was a very intentional change, and was done to support the teaching that we were doing about the purpose of the choir ~ our choir ~ in our services; in the worship life of our church. We figured that most people knew what a choir was, but probably could not easily define the word "Chancel."
Besides, we wanted to emphasize our calling and our purpose, which is to lead worship. Our name change reinforces some subtle and some not so subtle differences that we have been working through. To expound on some of these, I’d like to share a bit from some material written by Dave Williamson, founder of an organization called “The Worship Leading Choir” which is dedicated to helping traditional performance based choirs become worship leading choirs. Dave’s principles have been very instrumental in my thinking about these things and have helped me to communicate these things to our Worship Choir. He writes…
“Now, most of us know what worship leading is when we see it. But what do we mean by the term, "Worship Leading Choir?" Don't all church choirs lead worship? The answer is, yes and no! Yes, in the sense that every "living sacrifice" offered by the believer is an act of worship, and every time any choir of believers sings about God in spirit and in truth it is an act of worship. But, no, in the sense that, until our hearts, minds, and spirits are fully engaged in passionately glorifying Jesus in the congregation so that its members are drawn with us into an encounter with the living God, worship leading has not fully happened.
The worldwide form today's choir is beginning to take on is a departure from much of the "traditional" aspects we have come to recognize.
· The emerging choir is not primarily about performance; it is primarily about worship.
· It's not about being slick; it is about passion.
· It's not about acquaintanceship; it is about family.
· It's not about momentary emotion; it is about eternal significance.
· It's not about competition; it is about servanthood.
· It doesn't view talent as primary; it does view character and faithfulness as primary.
The Worship Leading Choir stands before a congregation as a well-schooled, unified battalion, locking arms to come both humbly and boldly into God's presence, realizing that every word that enthrones Jesus dethrones the enemy. When it sings, it is not to impress, but to inspire. Its audience is not the congregation, but together with the congregation, their joint audience is God Himself. Its members may sing music that is traditional or contemporary, black or white (or somewhere in between).
They may be young, old, or both. They may wear robes, suits, or jeans. They may offer musicals, cantatas, oratorios, or worship concerts. They understand their calling, and they are passionate about fulfilling it. They may be described as "ushers", for their task is to usher people into an encounter with God.”
If you are interested in serving in the Choir, contact the Worship and Music Ministry at 904-272-7177 or contact us online.
Pinewood Presbyterian Church, 198 Knight Boxx Road, Middleburg FL 32068, 904-272-7177