The purpose of the Worship Ministry at Gap Community Church is to pursue the presence of God, no matter what it takes. We want to redirect the attention of everyone in the room (including the worship team itself) from the natural workings of our instruments and voices to the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit.
As we feel the presence of God and see him in all of His glory and perfection, we see our own inequities and failures more clearly. We understand the vastness of God’s love and it brings us to the end of ourselves. Worship is a tug of war between the sorrow of our failures and the goodness of God’s grace. It digs deep into our hearts to find the lies, the false idols, the envy and all other defiling seeds planted within us by the enemy as well as our own flesh.
David writes about this is in Psalm 25:11-22:
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!
David was pursuing God’s presence the best way he knew how: by laying his confused and imperfect heart out before him as an invitation for God to come rescue him. We strive to do the same thing as a worship team. We take the broken, messed up pieces of or lives and offer them to God as a sacrifice, as an offering, as an invitation for him to come rescue us.