Pastor Marty and Marie Pierce - Worship Pastor
Just in case our form of worship is new to you, we’ve compiled some information from Scripture that we believe will be helpful to your understanding. Scripture is our source for our pattern of worship.
We at Rock Church want our visitors to feel comfortable while here. If anything in our form of worship is different from your own experience, please feel free to join with us or just observe how we come into God’s presence.
All references in this pamphlet are from the New International Version of the Holy Bible.
If you have any questions about our form of worship here at Rock Church, please feel free to ask any of our pastors.
Why do we have audible praise unto God?
“I will extol the LORD at all times; His praise will always be on my lips.” Psalm 34:1
“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth… give thanks to Him and praise His name.” Psalm 100:1,4
“When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.” Acts 4:24
“…let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess His name.” Hebrews 13:15
Why do we clap our hands?
“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” Psalm 47:1
Why do we lift our hands?
“I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:4
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.” Psalm 134:2
“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer…” I Timothy 2:8
Why do we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs?
“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” Ephesians 5:19
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs…” Colossians 3:16
Why do we have a worship team lead us?
“These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the LORD after the ark came to rest there.” I Chronicles 6:31
“After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the LORD and to praise Him for the splendor of His holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, for His love endures forever.’” II Chronicles 20:21
Why are musical instruments part of the worship service?
“The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the LORD’S musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the LORD and which were used when He gave thanks.” II Chronicles 7:6
“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.” Psalm 150:3-5
Why do we sing in English and also in the Spirit?
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is unfruitful. So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind.” I Corinthians 14:14,15
Why do we exercise the gift of tongues and interpretation in our services?
“…When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.” I Corinthians 14:26b
“…Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. For this reason anyone who speaks in a tongue should pray that he may interpret what he says.” I Corinthians 14:12, 14
Why do we prophesy?
“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy.” Acts 2:17
“For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Revelation 19:10
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. …But everyone who prophesies speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.” I Corinthians 14:1, 3
“For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” I Corinthians 14:31
Why do we dance before the Lord?
“David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might.” II Samuel 6:14
“Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp.” Psalm 149:3
“Praise Him with tambourine and dancing.” Psalm 150:4
Why do we give of our finances?
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” Proverbs 3:9
“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” II Corinthians 8:7