The Falls Church Anglican Worship Ministry is a community of singers and instrumentalists that seek to glorify God and lead God’s people in reverent, joyful and sincere worship.
We don’t want to settle for just showing up to play the notes and sing the lines while experiencing little to no meaningful connection with those we are serving alongside. The Falls Church Anglican worship is first and foremost a community of love. Love provides the foundation and framework for how we think about and pursue ministry together, even down to the way we play and sing music together. Are we honoring one another, making space for one another, elevating one another? To foster this community, members of the Band and Choir are strongly encouraged to come to our regular fellowship opportunities. This happens most frequently on the second Saturday morning of each month at various homes. We also take time during rehearsals to share with and pray for one another, and have occasional special fellowship events (e.g. Summer BBQ, Christmas Party). The more relational face-time we have with one another, the more connected we will feel when we gather to worship.
+ Singers and Instrumentalists
Though worship consists of far more than the songs we sing when we gather, music is a wonderful gift from the Lord and creates a context in which believers can express their faith, stand in solidarity with one another, and experience the presence of God in a special way. We love this gift of God and seek to steward it for his glory and for the good of his people. Members of the band and choir are committed to personal practice and preparedness. The more familiar we are with the songs, the more free and confident we will be when leading God’s people in singing them.
+ Glorify God
Our “chief end," as the Westminster Catechism says, is to “glorify God and enjoy him forever.” So we are a community of people who pursue God’s glory above all other things. We have each, personally, placed our trust in God and the saving work of his Son, and we heed Christ’s command to “love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). One way this is expressed is through the songs we sing and play when we gather corporately.
+ Lead God's People
As an expression of our love for God, we also seek to love our neighbor, which includes God’s people when we gather. Leading the church in worship is an expression of love for them, and all of us who sing and play from the front are worship leaders. We each contribute in our own way to creating a space and context in which God’s people might “lay aside every weight” (Hebrews 12:1) and join their voices with all God’s people in joyful, reverent, and sincere worship.
+ Reverent, Joyful and Sincere Worship
Paul said to the believers in Galatia, when they had fallen under the burden of a false gospel, “what happened to all your joy?” (Galatians 4:15). Our lives as believers should be marked by joy in response to our salvation. This doesn’t mean that we ignore pain or heartache, but that we can face these under the shadow of a God who cares for us and fights for us, and who will ultimately make all things new. Christian joy is most powerful when it is experienced in the midst of hardship, and this joy is meant to be expressed in our worship. So the Psalmist says, “Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95:1)
Christian joy is not shallow or fickle. It is rooted in a personal experience of the Lord who is awesome and holy. Our worship is to be anything but trite. Psalm 95 continues with another invitation to worship: “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker” (v. 6). So we are to respond to the Lord in reverent worship. As we seek to experience the presence of the God, we are mindful that his presence is holy, and that it may require something of us. We are reminded that we exist for God’s sake, not the other way around.
And yet, the reality of God’s holiness does not mean that we should hide or cower, because this holy God has made a way to dwell with and redeem a fallen people. Because of Christ’s death for us on the cross and because of his resurrection, we can now “approach God's throne of grace with confidence” (Hebrews 4:16). We are able to be ourselves in God’s presence, with all our baggage, without shrinking back. In other words, we can be sincere in our worship, not putting on a mask or acting like something we’re not.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God." (1 John 4:7)
Love is the character of God and the summary of all we are called to be and do. We seek to demonstrate love in every aspect of our ministry. In our actions and our speech we are for one another. Ask yourself: Do I appreciate and care for those I’m serving with?
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)
We seek to elevate one another rather than ourselves. When each of us is operating this way, every member of the team is appreciated and honored, and none of us get the spotlight. The spotlight is reserved for the Lord! Ask yourself: Who am I really doing this for?
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." (Romans 12:1)
To serve God with excellence simply means that we aren’t holding back, but giving all of ourselves to the task before us. So we devote time and effort to our ministry, and we are always seeking to grow in our gifts. Ask yourself: Am I holding back anything that God wants from me?
Band Vision Day, Aug. 24, 2019
Before you “hit the stage”
We desire all of our worship volunteers to be walking with the Lord Jesus Christ and meaningfully engaged in the life of our Church. We ask that those who are new to the church attend for at least six months and/or attend the church’s New Members’ course before joining us in leading on a Sunday morning. Anyone who is interested in auditioning to be part of the choir or band can start by emailing our contemporary worship leader, Ben Doggett (email@example.com) and by filling out our online application. Outlined below are additional steps to take toward involvement in our worship ministry.
CONTEMPORARY CHOIR — sings with the band once a month
Email Ben. No audition required, just enthusiasm for worship.
Attend choir rehearsals. (The choir is scheduled to sing one Wednesday evening each month, and there is one final run-through the following Sunday morning.)
BAND — generally scheduled once or twice a month
Meet with Ben and audition.
Meet with a current member of the team.
Come to a fellowship breakfast (usually the second Saturday of the month).
Attend a rehearsal before you’re scheduled to play.
LEAD VOCALS — generally scheduled once or twice a month
Join Contemporary Choir (sings at the 11:15 service monthly).
Meet with Ben and audition.
Meet with a current member of the team.
Come to Fellowship Breakfast (usually the second Saturday of the month). Attend a rehearsal before you’re scheduled to sing.