We believe that biblical worship entails our most complete and affirming response to the revelation of who God is and what he has done. Furthermore, as the church we joyfully embrace the worship of God in two ways: (1) through corporate worship each Sunday morning and (2) through lives of worship, dedicated and obedient to God’s Word—both made possible only by our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.
In worship, we are more concerned with substance than with style, yet our services remain warmly traditional—maintaining the historic hymns of faith and embracing newer songs of worship. Our ministry exists to exalt God, teach the Word, and to lead others before Him and in following after Christ. Our aim to point to the excellencies of God and to the gospel in all that we do in the worship of Him. Descriptions of opportunities to serve through choral and instrumental music, as well as examples of Scriptures that guide our ministry are as follows.
The choir at Bethany leads in worship each Sunday morning. During the Easter and Christmas seasons each year, cantata celebrations are presented. If you are between the ages of 13 and 113, we would love for you to consider joining us! We rehearse from 4:45-6:15 each Sunday night. No audition is required.
As part of the choir, children learn how to use their voices together to praise God and think on His Word, incorporating an understanding of worship from a biblical standpoint. Learning hymns, songs and anthems are part of this process.
We use a blend of instruments at Bethany each Sunday. Service leadership may include piano, violin, guitar, and organ. Participation in instrumental leadership is encouraged for those who have an ability that supports our ministry offerings.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:16,17, ESV
Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength! Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts! Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.” Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; Let the field exult and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in faithfulness. Psalm 96, ESV