Common Questions about Our Worship
What is your "style of worship"?
A pastor of one the largerst congregations in the country once said, “I could change our theology and no one would notice. If I change the smallest thing about worship, I could lose my job!” Worship rightfully matters to people. Often, though, people are not as concerned with the Biblical principles of worship as they are with the style of worship. Styles, however, are not Biblical; they are simply human preferences. One person likes traditional worship, which to them means hymns sung to either a piano or organ. Another person likes contemporary worship, which to them means songs written during the last 30 years, accompanied by a band. Some like worship to feel austere and reverent, while others appreciate an approach that feels accessible and familiar.
At Christ Presbyterian Church, we want our “style of worship” to be a reflection of both our ancient Christian heritage and the modern church culture. This means that we recognize that the church has a long and important history as well as a vibrant present and future. We want to draw upon the ancient creeds and confessions while recognizing that God is at work in Christian artists and musicians today. It would be equally arrogant and foolish to disregard what God has done in the past as it would be to ignore what He is doing in the present. By reflecting both the church’s past and present, we hope to preserve our rich Christian heritage while remaining relevant as we carry God’s truth into the future.
How did you choose your style of music?
The short answer is because we want to minister to the culture where God has placed us. To explain further, we want to communicate the Gospel to a 21st century community in Georgetown, TX. If God had placed us in 12th century Western Europe, we might consider adding some Gregorian chants to our worship service. Even if you are someone who longs for those days gone by, the reality is that we live very close to the self-proclaimed “Music Capital of the World”! This fact dictates that our culture communicate through modern styles of music. While not all modern styles of music are conducive to or helpful for worship, we are open to the ones that are. To do any less would be to turn our backs on communicating to the very culture that God is calling us to reach.
On the other hand, our commitment to a corporate worship that is fully participatory guides our decision to limit the volume and size of our worship band. We want you to be able to hear yourselves and one another singing. We believe that our style of music is both culturally accessible and practically approachable. We try to sing songs that are easy to learn and to sing. Of course, that means different things to different people, but we want you to know that we have your singing in mind as we choose songs.
What kind of songs do you sing?
At CPC, we sing everything from contemporary worship songs to traditional hymns. We probably lean more heavily on hymns and modern renditions of hymns, but all of our music will feel contemporary and current. This is more because of the commitments we described above than it is because of our preferences, but we hope you'll find that our music engages both your heart and your mind.
Why does your worship have so much structure?
Some might argue that a worship service with as much structure as ours has would inhibit worshippers from responding freely to how the Holy Spirit leads. We should start out by saying that we believe the Spirit leads us in worship and often moves in powerful ways. We believe we should worship as the Lord leads. However, being led in private worship and being led in corporate worship are not the same. It might be helpful to think of how a band works. When a musician plays by himself, he has great freedom to play whatever he wants in whatever way feels best to him. When he plays with others, however, they must play the same music, or chaos will result. It is the same with worship. Private worship can occur at any given time in any number of settings and can take various means of expression. Corporate worship, on the other hand, must out of necessity follow an order. This is the purpose of liturgy. A congregation’s liturgy allows the congregation to be “led” in unity into the presence of God as a corporate body.
What does it mean to have a liturgy?
The word "liturgy" comes from Greek and means, "the work of the people." In the context of the church, it refers to the structure of the worship service. Every church has a liturgy, and some are more structured than others.
The Bible indicates that there should be some order and intelligibility to the way that we worship (Ex. 25-31, 1 Cor. 14:6-19, 40). However, there is no prescribed liturgy mandated in the Bible. Therefore, it is the responsibility of each congregation to attempt to establish a liturgy that will both edify its members and glorify God.