Helping Believers Worship In Spirit And in Truth

A NOTE FROM TOM OHNESORGE 
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC          t.ohnesorge@alcsuncity.org

tom-tHow do you make people worship? The short answer is, you can’t. It is humanly impossible to make people worship. Regardless of the talent of the musician, the mood of the worship service, the expertise of the worship, or the volume of the music, nobody can make another person truly worship. That being said, a worship director should strive to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to worship.

Worship is about ascribing to God His worth (1 Chronicles 16:27-292 Kings 17:36). First off, worship is not even about us to begin with. Worship is about God. It sounds simplistic, but think about how easy it is to slide in and out of a worship service, giving scant attention to the Very One for whom the worship service exists. At the very least, such a truth should humble us and knock us off our high horses if we think we can somehow manipulate or coerce people into a worshipful attitude.

Here at American Lutheran Church of Sun City, we reverence our times of worship unto the one true God. We consider it an honor to sing to Him, for He is most worthy of all our praises. Our music ministry is designed to provide opportunities for our members to grow in Christ as we give witness to our faith through musical expression. Musical skills and experience are also developed as we strive to offer our best to our Lord.

The singing of hymns and spiritual songs, the playing of instruments or the performance of anthems, whether done individually or as the corporate body of Christ, are always acts of devout spirituality and not just moments of “entertainment.” At American Lutheran Church of Sun City we draw upon the entire history and tradition of Christian music to provide our members with that atmosphere most conducive to spiritual as well as spirit-filled worship. From ancient chant to the most recent contemporary sounds, from bluegrass and gospel to the songs we sang in Sunday School, all music is acceptable to the Lord if it inspires us to worship God and love and serve each other.

At the beginning of all creation God made us in his own image. At that moment he endowed us with his very own language of spiritual laughter: the language of music.  It is when we worship him through music that we come closest to life in God’s own image and laugh alongside him.

Several musical groups contribute regularly to our worship. We extend a warm welcome and encourage anyone to review our music ministry programs and select a group or activity through which you may experience the love of Christ and the joy of music.

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