Worship & Music
How we worship
at Glacierview Baptist Church
Our Philosophy of Worship
Worship is an active response to God through which believers declare His worth and celebrate a personal relationship with Him. True worship occurs when believers focus their mind’s attention and their heart’s affection on the Lord Himself, glorifying God for who He is and what He does.
Here at Glacierview Baptist Church, we place a high priority on encouraging a personal, relevant, and creative worship experience that is uplifting to the worshiper and pleasing to God. All elements of our worship are selected to enable the worshiper to communicate with God and to bring Him glory. Guided by God’s Word, we know that
“true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
John 4:23 (NIV)
Our services are planned with the needs of the believer in mind, while maintaining a sensitivity to those who may be investigating the claims of Christ. There are many ways in which individuals may worship. The style of worship is perhaps one of the most sensitive issues within churches today, since it is usually based on personal preference rather than theological conviction. Personal preferences and tastes within a body of believers provide remarkable diversity, which is not only biblically sanctioned, but healthy and desirable. Since worship is to be God-centered, we discourage anything that is self-centered and strive to
“Do it all in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
Styles and Expressions of Worship
Although our worship style may be different than you are accustomed to, we strive always to align ourselves with solid biblical principles.
At Glacierview Baptist Church, we believe worship is more than something to be viewed, and we deliberately encourage congregational participation. You may see things in our worship and fellowship with which you are unfamiliar or initially uncomfortable. Many of us have also experienced this, so we can appreciate how you might feel. You may ask:
Why Do We Sing New Songs As Well As Hymns?
We believe that a variety of music brings greater balance and richness to our worship experience.
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord…”
Ephesians 5:19 (NIV)
Why Do We Use Slides Instead Of Song Books?
Using lyrics on slides rather than from books permits greater flexibility in choice of music, but more importantly establishes a posture of worship. As our eyes are lifted up, we sing out to God rather than down into our books and our hands are free to participate in worship.
“I lift my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven…”
Psalm 123:1 (NIV)
What About Clapping Our Hands?
Clapping expresses joy and rejoicing and is a universally accepted sign of approval.
“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”
Psalm 47:1 (NIV)
Why Do We Stand To Worship?
Standing is a sign of respect and honor in response to our holy and awesome God.
“…they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.”
Isaiah 29:23b (NIV)
What About Lifting Our Hands?
When we lift our hands to God, we are exalting His character and expressing personal humility and dependence on God.
“May my prayer be set before you like incense: may the lifting of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.”
Psalm 141:2 (NIV)
What About Using All Kinds Of Instruments?
Musical instruments are used in order to aid and assist us in our worship experience. The use of strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments are all recorded in the Bible.
“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals…”
Psalm 150:3-4 (NIV)
Why Is Praise Sometimes Enthusiastic?
God’ message of salvation is “good news” and one way to showing appreciation is through celebration.
“Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing to the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious!”
Psalm 66:1-2 (NIV)
What About The Use of Drama In Worship?
We have found drama to be a helpful teaching tool to illustrate the truth of God’s Word.
“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parable…”
Matthew 13:34 (NIV)
How Is Giving Money Part of Worship?
Worship is giving of ourselves to God.
Contributing financially is evidence of that surrender and shows genuine concern for His work.
“You must each make up your own mind as to how much you should give. Don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves the person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need.”
2 Corinthians 9:78 (NLT)
Why Are There Periods of Silence?
For the most part, we must be silent to listen. Occasionally we sense the presence of the Lord like Isaiah the prophet did (Isaiah 6:10) and our only response can be silence.
“But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.”
Habakkuk 2:20 (NIV)
How is Listening to the Sermon Part of Worship?
Listening is an obedient response to the spoken word. Giving attention to God’s Word with our hearts and minds is His desire. This is one way God speaks to us. His Word reveals the “good news” that Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life. We celebrate God when we honor His Word.
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.”
1 Peter 1:23 (NIV)
Why Do People Sometimes Bow and Kneel In Worship?
In sensing God’s presence, we want to express a humble acceptance of His Lordship over our lives and our corporate worship.
“Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”
Psalm 95:6 (NIV)