Arts in Worship
‘O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
Bow down before Him, His glory proclaim.
With gold of obedience and incense of lowliness,
Kneel and adore Him the Lord is His name.'
Using our creative gifts is a lovely way of worshipping our Lord - and He enjoys our fellowship with Him in this way. Also, in our everyday lives, there are other ways in which we can use the individual gifts that God has given us in order to worship Him.
We are a fairly small group of singers and musicians who are simply seeking to use the musical talents and gifts that God has given us to help in leading the worship in the church. All our members are committed Christians, and we want to see our worship at St. John's strengthened and deepened. We enjoy singing all sorts of music, modern and traditional, and work hard on our harmonies.
Flower arranging is a lovely way of relaxing and enjoying God's gifts to us in the form of beautiful flowers, and helps us in understanding His creation and love for us.
'Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Your name be the glory because of Your love and faithfulness'
A personal trust in the Lord allows the power of the Holy Spirit can speak to us, through words, pictures, materials, threads and colours. Creativity comes with spending time with the Lord, giving Him our ideas and letting Him guide us. The work we are doing is greatly blessed, especially as we see the banners hanging in our church knowing that our work has been for the Lord. God gives us different gifts which we use for His glory and the pleasure of others.
This is just another way of expressing ourselves in worship. Occasionally, small groups from our youth groups, or individuals, lead the congregation in thought or meditative prayer through contemporary music and dance. This is a new concept of worship on which we are trying to build and encourage with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
This covers a variety of things from producing posters and other things for publicity purposes, to organising displays on the boards at the back of church.