Join in with all your heart, soul, mind and strength . . . don't hold back. Sing with everything inside of you. Pray from your guts. Worship the Eternal Creator from your soul. When we worship God, we express our love and devotion to Him. Worship at Church of the Highlands is sometimes exciting, sometimes touching, and usually thought-provoking...but it's always relevant to your life.
Why We Sing
It’s not very often that you gather with a large group of people and sing. Other than a baseball game or occasional birthday party, people don't usually stand around and sing. But we do every weekend at The Highlands. Why? From King David to Martin Luther to Bono, men and women have often expressed their faith, whether in painful cries or through gushing praise, with singing. The reasons behind this aren't always clear, but the power of music is undeniable. It seems to tap into deeper and more honest places than words alone ever could. It has been said that music is the language of the soul. We believe it. That’s why attending a concert for your favorite band can become a lifetime memory, with thousands of people singing songs that connect with their experiences. Sundays are like that at The Highlands. We sing and celebrate that you can build your life on the foundation of Christ.
What is Worship?
Worship is like a conversation with God. Imagine if a friend spoke to you, and you just stared at them with no response! Every good conversation involves dialogue between at least two people. Every worship experience involves a give and take between us and God. He speaks to us about who he is and what he has done. We respond by the things we say and the way we live.
"But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray."
"With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; And in the midst of many I will praise Him."
Biblical forms of worship should be sought out and lived out. In everyday life these postures of worship should be used when we recognize His goodness, feel the worth of it and ascribe to Him praise.
Biblical Forms of Worship:
- Standing - They will stand in awe of the God of Israel. Isaiah 29:23.
- Singing - I will be glad and exalt in You; I will sing praise to Your name, 0 Most High. Psalm 9:2.
- Sitting - Then David the king went in and sat before the Lord, and he said, "Who am I, 0 Lord God..." 2 Samuel 7:18.
- Clapping - O clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy. Psalm 47:1.
- Bowing - Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. Exodus 34:8.
- Praying - In the morning, 0 Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. Psalm 5:3.
- Dancing - Let them praise His name with dancing. Psalm 149:3.
And the list goes on . . . just like the outpouring of response at our favorite concert or sporting event, we should feel excited to enter into the divine conversation with God.
Worship Team Philosophy
We believe that it is our job and privilege to be the leaders to the choir in the crowd, that is, to the people of The Highlands. The quality of the music is extremely important to us and we are equally concerned with authenticity . . . becoming the kinds of people do everything they can to Reach Our Community, America, and the World for Jesus Christ.
The Highlands worship team along with Church of the Highlands at large is continually growing and changing in our attempts to provide people with unforgettable encounters with God. We are committed to growing the most effective worship team in order to create a weekend experience you won’t soon forget.
The Highlands’ band consists of acoustic guitar, electric guitar, drums bass and keyboards. Our worship choir for our classic service is off-the-hook, and we sing all types of classic songs to the Lord together. On special occasions we will use different instruments to enhance the worship experience. If you play an instrument and would like to get involved in the worship band, please fill out this online application.
Questions? Email Jonathan.