We all need the Lord. We need to live by His truth, need to feel the force of that truth in our souls, and need to be transformed by His presence and by the sight of His glory. Sadly, so many people- Christians included- do not realize that these things are mainly found in the house of the Lord, and found not by those who come to get for themselves but are received as a blessing when God dwells with and is honored by the praises of His people in corporate worship.
Worship is not merely one activity among many, it is the purpose for which God has saved us from sin (John 4:23, I Peter 2:9). Not only is worship the goal of our salvation, but it is the goal of all history (Rev. 5:12-13). God is gathering a people from every tribe and tongue and nation to worship Him.
At Decatur Presbyterian Church, we gather weekly as God’s people to meet with our Father. In the Scripture which is read, in good hymns and praise songs that are sung, in the preaching and the praying, in the sacrament of communion, the gospel message is renewed in us. Together we hear again the promises of God and our lives are wonderfully enriched and empowered.
Our worship absolutely has contemporary character. We sing new hymns and songs that speak our own language and use the music and expressions of our own day. But, our worship also connects us to the past. There is a special power in the Apostles’ Creed or the Gloria Patri, precisely because Christians have used them for centuries. Together with contemporary expressions of our own, we make use of the best of all the centuries of worship in the church. We see ourselves joined hand in hand with the great multitude of believers before us and the believers now worshiping Him in heaven (Heb 12:22-24).
Worship in the Lord’s house with the Lord’s people was the master passion of David’s life.
One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in His temple --Ps 27:4 To quote Robert S. Rayburn “You cannot read aright David in Ps 27:4 and all the many other passages like it, without acknowledging that the worship of the Lord for His sake, the giving of a right and true service to God, should be so much the greatest interest and pleasure of your life, so much that which you long for the rest of the week, so much that which you come to church on Sunday anxious, ready, and determined to do, and so much that from which you receive most of what is far and away the most important and the most necessary and the most wonderful thing in your lives, that the house of God comes so to dominate your lives, becomes so much the center of your thoughts and your expectations, so much the love of your lives, that it will seem as if you never leave the temple either, but worship there day and night.”
The primary role of the music ministry at Decatur Presbyterian church is to help the people of God participate in singing praises to Him. We seek to blend the best of the great traditional hymns and anthems of the faith with the best of the new contemporary hymns, psalm settings and spiritual songs.
We want to develop the God-given talents of our congregation. To that end, there are numerous opportunities to use and nurture the gifts of God’s people. From children to adult, instrumentalist to vocalist, contemporary to classical, solo to choir, DPC has a place for you to participate.
It is our goal that our music be biblical and gospel-driven, glorify God, transcend style, edify the church and evangelize the unbeliever. This sets the criteria for our song choice. To see a list of songs click here.
Additional information: Worship Choir
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