Hey! Welcome to the Five Oaks Worship Arts blog! We are looking forward to getting to share with you all a bit more of who we are and why we do what we do. We might even throw in a funny story or two once in awhile for your amusement….like that time during the service a couple weekends back when someone got a little dizzy and nearly fell over, prompting her to grab her equally unstable mic stand. Yep. It was a near display of something NOT described as graceful. :)
Our Worship Arts team is made up of a variety of people who give of their time and talents one or more weekends a month to serve any number of roles in our weekend services. We are a diverse crew with different gifts serving together with one common purpose— We love Jesus and want to give God glory by bringing praise and worship to him and leading our church body to do the same.
We all have different styles and preferences of worship, and every so often that leads to some interesting conversations. Not long ago, I was asked by someone how a person leading worship could be sincere in their outward expression (in this case, hand raising) week after week. While genuine worship is a matter of the heart and is not for us to measure, this was a reminder to me that we worship God because of who he is, not because of how we feel. We serve an unchanging, ever faithful God. He is worthy of our praise!
See you on the weekend!
Our worship is not based on feelings alone.
We praise God because he is worthy of it.
He is worthy of our praise.
This is true regardless of our personal day to day circumstances.
We come before him with all that we have.
We lift our hands, we cry out,
we lift our voices and our eyes, because of who God is.
He is worthy.
Even if we can’t see past our hurt;
even if we can’t see past the struggle;
even when we don’t understand,
we know that he is still God.
He is still good.
So we lift our hands and we praise him anyway,
regardless of our fleeting feelings.
The truth is why we continue to praise.
The truth is not disingenuous.
His truth is not based on our feelings,
or lack of understanding, or level of trust.
The truth of who God is, the truth of his promises -- are fact.
We choose to praise.
Our lives are not perfect. Our praise is not insincere.
We aren’t fakers.
We are worshipers.
He is worthy of our praise because of who he is.
He is worthy of our worship.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.