In Touch – August 3, 2012
Posted on August 3, 2012 by under Touché,

The Heart of Worship

“We who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:12)

On Pentecost 2000, HRC held it first “contemporary” worship service in the sanctuary.  We had drums, electric guitars and miked singers in the sanctuary.  It was great.  I hesitate to use the word “contemporary” because all worship should be contemporary, meaning in that moment, but “contemporary” has become a catch phrase for a style of worship.  Since that time Hopewell has branched out in many different directions in worship so that now on a given Sunday there may be six different styles of worship represented by the greater church that is HRC.  Our mission statement for worship came from Paul “I’ve become all things to all people that by all means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)

HRC has gone wide in worship. We now come to time when we want to go deep in worship.  That begins tomorrow.  A group will be gathering at the Bushey’s home to look into the riches of worship in its totality.  We will not be focused on style, but on substance.  I have defined this as a year of going deeper in worship, discipleship and mission.  Tomorrow we will begin the process with worship; this fall we will be looking at the depth of our discipleship with REVEAL and Mark and the mission teams are continuing to look at where we are headed in mission.

I send this out as a last invitation to join us at the Bushey’s at 8:45.  I am excited about the foundations that will be laid, but more excited about this next stage of our growth of going deeper in worship.  If you are not registered, but would still like to come, Jan said there is still space for you.  E-mail her at and she will let you know what you need to do.  We meet at 35 Carpenter Road in Hopewell.  I hope to see you there.

In 167 Worship,