WORSHIP is more than singing praise and worship songs at Church or at home. When we worship God we are showing reverence and adoration to Him. We honour Him when we pray, when we reach out in kindness to others and when we share how wonderful He is. He changes us from being confused or bitter to being grateful with a purpose.  For everything that happens good or bad, in every circumstance we run to Him.  By naming those circumstances we show Him how we feel.  We are His treasure and we are worthy to be called His child.  We hold Him in high esteem and we look up to Him each time we extol all the goodness and grace He has bestowed upon us.  We magnify Him when we acknowledge that it is through Him that we are saved and He has given us strength to go through difficult times with joy in our heart.  It is not happiness we seek, it is Him in us that we seek, a true relationship of love. We can freely declare that it is through Him that we have joy and peace beyond all understanding through all circumstances.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength [Deuteronomy 6 v 5]

Here’s a Recent Song List

 
Drenched in Love (Bethel)
 
Another in the Fire (Hillsong)
 
Do It Again (Elevation)
 
Surrounded (Upper Room)
 

Why We Worship

 
We’re all designed to worship and do so whether we admit it or not.  Many people worship things of the world like money, possessions, jobs or even people.  God’s plan and design is for us to worship Him.  He is worthy.  The worship of God is a sacrifice for Him, it’s an act of faith, we’re surrendering everything to Him.  It humbles us and exalts the Lord. It is a way of acknowledging our need of Him and shows our love for Him.  It takes the focus off ourselves and our troubles and honours the one with the answers.  
 
We’re called to worship the Lord always in every part of our life.  We do this by the way we live, speak and love.  We can use our creativity for His glory.  One common way to worship is through music and that is a part of our services here at Hope Community Church.  We believe worship is from the heart and is a tangible thing. It should be free!  It is a connection between the Lord God and the worshipper. 
 
This means it may look different for each person. At Hope you may see people raising their hands, clapping, dancing or waving flags.  We encourage people to surrender into it as they feel comfortable and what’s right for them.  We have no strict rules, there is no obligation for you to do what someone else is doing. Be true to yourself and what’s in your heart, that’s what the Lord is seeking.
 
By worshipping together, we create an atmosphere that is celebrating what the Lord has done for us, what He’s doing and what He’s going to do.  This atmosphere brings peace, joy, healing and restoration and invites the Holy Spirit to move.  It’s not uncommon for the gifts of the Spirit to manifest.  This may be through prophesying or people seeing visions from the Lord during this time.  It is an important part of the service so please join in.  King David demonstrated his enthusiasm in worshipping the Lord with heartfelt dancing and looking foolish to others.  He was willing to be undignified before others and humbled himself (2 Samuel 6:14-22).  This is the kind of surrender that pleases the Lord and is encouraged at Hope. This freedom of worship is a great way to encourage you to be more bold in your faith, to build you up.  At church, you are amongst friends. 
 
 
 
 

Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! 5 Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals

6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

Psalm 150:4-6 [NKJV].

 

A Word On Our Worship Music

 
Everybody has a personal preference for the style of music they prefer and it is not possible for us to accommodate so many tastes.  All songs chosen for worship at Hope are done so by prayerfully seeking what the Lord desires.  Additionally other factors are always considered such as: how easy they are to sing and learn, that they proclaim Biblical truth and are most likely to encourage the congregation to engage.
 
Typically at Hope, our music is modern and what some may describe as loud.  This is deliberate because the extra volume helps people feel more comfortable in singing along.  It also adds to the atmosphere we’re trying to build because our worship is a celebration!  We often start with some more upbeat songs before easing into a more gentle worship style.  Our worship team are all volunteers growing in their gifts.  Like everyone who serves, we don’t seek perfection, we seek a heart that pursues Jesus.  Just below are Youtube clips showing the current songs we are singing.  This will let you know in advance what to expect and allows you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with them.  We thank you in advance for you grace as we all constantly learn and grow in this important ministry. Please see further down this page for more information on what worship is all about and what you may see happen. God bless. 
 

Song In The Storm

The following button provides access to a preacher’s sermon notes titled Song in the Storm which beautifully explains the power of singing praises to God when things are tough.  It is a message on the book of Habakkuk (You may click HERE to go directly to the internet link)