• WORSHIP AND MUSIC MINISTRY

    God deserves and requires the praise of all people but He calls and equips His own to worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) From the creation of God’s chosen nation to this very day, His call remains the same: “worship the Lord God and serve Him only.” (Deuteronomy 6:13 / Luke 4:8)

    All our worship services are based in the Word of God, led by the Spirit of God and centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. We gather each Sunday to call one another to prayer, praise, attention to God’s Word, surrender to His Spirit and to a renewed commitment to Christ. We seek to inspire one another to offer our very lives “as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God.” (Romans 12:1) THIS is authentic worship and our reasonable service to the One Who has redeemed us “according to the purpose of His will and to the praise of His glorious grace with which He blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:5-6) 

    With respect to music in worship, we are intentional about employing the principles for corporate worship that are established in the Scriptures. We make it our aim to teach and admonish one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Colossians 3:16-17). What a vast and rich repertory of sacred music, both choral and instrumental, as well as congregational song is available to the Church today! We are exceedingly grateful for the musical riches we have received from previous generations and we rejoice in the host of new anthems, choral and instrumental arrangements, hymns, psalm settings and spiritual songs that are being written for worship today. We pray that the employment of all these genres and musical styles will serve to edify the entire body of believers and afford the Lord the greatest glory from His people.

    We value the gifts of God’s people and seek to engage individuals in the use of their varied gifts through service in our adult and children’s choirs, orchestra, worship band, vocal ensemble and vocal teams. The participants in these various ensembles assemble each week to prepare for leadership in our Sunday morning worship gatherings. Our participants range from children to senior adults; all of whom love the Lord and are eager to see Him glorified through our service together. We would love to have you join with us in our joyful ministry through music. 

    Call the church office or contact Pastor Nathan directly to find out how you can be involved. Nathan can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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    Choral Music

    Choral music has been a significant part of corporate worship for the people of God since the establishment of the Levitical priesthood by King David. There are specific references to its dramatic engagement in worship leadership in 1 Chronicles 6/15/25/26, 2 Chronicles 5, and most explicitly Nehemiah 12. We are confident it was prominent in the worship experience of the synagogue until the time of Jesus. A choral assembly of angels was sent to proclaim our Messiah’s birth and the shepherds listened in awe (Luke 2:14). Paul employs choral metaphors in speaking of believers’ life and service with one another (Romans 15:5-6). There can be no question that the choruses of angels around God’s throne stirred the Apostle John in his revelation of the throne room of God (Revelation 4-5). The same company of angels, elders, prophets, apostles and all those who have proceeded us into the presence of Jesus, even now sing great anthems of praise that one day will become corporate songs of praise for all the people of God (Revelation 7:9-12). We esteem choral music according to the precedents established in God’s Word and seek to employ it in the magnification of God and the inspiration of His people.  Our choral ensembles prepare to lead worship most Wednesdays and Sundays of the year.  If you would like to find out about participating in choral music at Cornerstone, please contact Pastor Nathan.  "Oh, magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together!" (Psalm 34:3)

     

     

     

     

     

    Worship Choir

    The principal responsibility of our adult choir is to exhort and inspire our congregation to worship the Lord with greater intensity and integrity. In addition to their service as co-worship leaders with our band, orchestra and worship pastor, the members of the choir present a wide variety of choral anthems as calls to worship, offerings of praise and preparatory mediations on the Word of God. We see their engagement in this capacity not as special music but as musical ministry of the Word through which our hearts are prepared to receive the Word of God that is proclaimed from the pulpit.

     

    Adult Worship Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:45-8:30 PM in the Choir Room, from September through June. 10th graders through senior adults are eligible to participate. We’d be delighted to have you join us in praise of our Lord and service to His people. Please contact Janie Platt for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Vocal Ensemble

    Sacred choral music is so rich and varied in style and voicing. Classical as well as contemporaneous composers have set poetic and scriptural texts of rich imagery and spiritual merit to be employed in the praise of God. We are exceedingly fortunate to have many folks from the adult choir who are able and interested in preparing choral music of greater complexity than that which is presented regularly by our worship choir. The works of classical composers such as Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Byrd, Croft, Gibbons, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Stainer, Tallis and Vaughan Williams as well as contemporary (often a cappella) arrangements of traditional hymns with jazz harmonies and contemporary stylings have all been presented by our Vocal Ensemble in corporate worship. Their contributions are employed intentionally to compliment the preaching of God’s Word and the repertoire they present affords another facet of musical artistry to be offered for the glory of God. 


    Participation in the Vocal ensemble is by audition and invitation. If you would like to know more about the ensemble’s rehearsal schedule and expectations for participation, please contact Pastor Nathan by email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

     

     

    Vocal Team

    While the role of our adult choir is to inspire the congregation in our corporate worship gatherings, a select number of singers from the choir is engaged on most Sundays to assist the Worship Pastor with leadership during the service. These individuals master and clarify vocal parts that are then augmented by the choir. They also provide alternate vocal leadership to the worship leader on particular songs and exhort the congregation through Scripture reading and solo performance.

    Participation on Vocal teams is by audition and invitation. If you would like to know more about service in this capacity and the expectations for leadership, please contact Pastor Nathan by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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         Children's Music

    We believe the nurture of children and youth in their understanding of worship is a critical component of our calling as a church of the Lord Jesus Christ. With that in mind, we provide educational and leadership opportunities for all ages throughout the year.

    • Fall Children's Choir, Sunday evenings, October - December
    • Fall Youth Choir, Sunday evenings, October - December
    • Kids Worship and Music Camp, 2nd full week of August each Summer
    • Spring Children's Choir, Sunday evenings, March - May
    • Spring Youth Choir, Sunday evenings, March - May
    • Youth Instrumental Ensemble, Seasonal Preparation and Leadership 
     
    1st through 5th graders are eligible to participate in Children's Choir. 6th through 9th graders are eligible to participate in Youth Choir.  We would be delighted to engage all of your children in worship!  If you would like more information on the dates, times, and locations of these musical activities, please contact Janie Platt This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  regarding Children's Choir and Heidi Streetman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. t regarding Youth Choir.
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    Instrumental Music

    Both the Old and New Testament Scriptures refer implicitly and speak explicitly to the use of instrumentation in corporate worship. From the tabernacle, to the temple, to the synagogue, to the influence of Gentile culture in early Christian worship, throughout the majority of Church History until our day, instruments have been employed for the praise of God in one way or another.

    We are grateful to God that He has gifted many believers with instrumental musical gifts to compliment and accompany our congregational singing and enhance the beauty of worship with instrumental offerings for the glory of God.  If you have musical training and experience, and would be interested in contributing instrumentally to worship, we would be delighted to speak with you, assess your skills, and determine how/where you might best serve the church.  There may be a variety of contexts in which you could contribute to worship at Cornerstone.  Please contact Pastor Nathan or Pastoral Assistant, 
                        Jan Alvaro,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out how you can participate in our orchestra, seasonal instrumental ensembles, and/or worship           band.  "...offer praises to the Lord with the instruments that I have made for praise." (I Chronicles 23:5)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Orchestra

    We are very fortunate to have an unusually large number of folks who play orchestral instruments and contribute to worship throughout the year.

    The orchestra rehearses each Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM in the Worship Center.

    Our instrumentalists range from 10th graders to senior adults and are invited to participate with the orchestra based upon skill level and a trial period of participation in our Wednesday evening rehearsals.

    All our orchestra members who participate in weekly worship leadership are expected to be members of Cornerstone.

     

     

     

     

     

    Worship Band

    We are equally blessed with numerous players who contribute rotationally to our band which accompanies congregational song throughout the entire year.

    Worship Band rehearses simultaneously with the orchestra on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 PM. Additional rehearsal time is expected on Sunday mornings before and after the main preparatory rehearsal for Sunday morning worship.

    All our band players are expected to be members of Cornerstone as their service is a vital part of corporate worship leadership.

    If you would like to find out more about the expectations and opportunities for band players, contact Jan Alvaro: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

     

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         MEDIA & SOUND

    Artistic sound reinforcement and presentational media are nearly essential to communication in the age in which we live. We no longer gather to worship in fundamentally acoustic environments. Contemporary musical styles and their requisite instrumentation require the assistance of sound amplification and those operating sound are as essential to the final presentation as the musicians and singers themselves. Moreover, our lives are significantly influenced and often enhanced by the modern benefits of visual communication. We are no longer dependent upon, nor in many cases, accustomed to the use of printed resources for congregational song. We need the assistance of believers with experience and/or an interest in contributing to the technical aspects of our worship gatherings.

    Each Sunday a team of unsung volunteers faithfully contributes to our worship services by running sound, producing and presenting media which aids our congregation in praise, and promoting an aesthetic atmosphere that enhances our corporate worship experience through the use of lighting and artistic visual media. 
    If you would be interested in assisting with this ministry, please contact our Media Director, Josh Scott: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Meditation on Psalm 57

Are you ever remiss in praising the Lord and prompted by your circumstances to grumble rather than give thanks?  I certainly am, though I have no reason whatsoever to do so.  The Lord has been nothing but abundantly benevolent and exceedingly gracious to a sinner such as I am.  In my consideration of Psalm 57 I am arrested by the intentionality with which David praised God in spite of his circumstances.  The following is the fruit of meditation on David’s personal call to praise the Lord.  Let us learn from him. Amen!

How amazing is David’s attention to the glory of God!  Psalm 57 concludes with an ecstatic call for the Lord to bring glory to Himself.  “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!”  This is David’s earnest desire even though he, the Lord’s anointed King of Israel, is hiding in a cave.  Though his life is in jeopardy and his reputation is in question, he has confidence in the Lord’s purposes and assurance in the Lord’s love toward Him.  He doesn’t pray for his rightful promotion.  His plea is not for vindication or even deliverance from his circumstances. He is content with the Lord’s mercy and watch-care while the difficulties are endured.  Ultimately he is confident that God’s will shall be accomplished and prays that the Lord will be exalted in the pains-taking but purposeful process.

Even more remarkable than David’s demeanor in the midst of deadly circumstances is the action he determines to take in spite of his plight. “My heart is steadfast  he says. “I will sing!” with beauty of melody and fervor of heart for Him who has endowed him, though not yet appointed him, to glory.  David willfully summons the skill of his fingers and the strength of his voice to declare the glory of God from the outset of each new day.  Most astonishing are his willful words, “I will give thanks to You, oh Lord” – the sovereign one He knows and to Whom he submits.  In addition, he intends to make known the Lord’s praise among the nations and he begins by simply penning His praise. As he does, he recognizes anew the greatness of God’s love and the sovereignty of his King even though everything around him encourages doubt, fear, insecurity, anger and discontent.

“Be exalted, oh God [above all things]! Let Your glory be [displayed in me and may I work to the end that You, not I, oh Lord, receive glory in all] the earth.” May this be my perpetual plea!  May I ever be mindful of His mercy to me.  May I ever seek the provision of His watch-care and the purpose of His will for me.  May I ever revel in the greatness of His steadfast love toward me and be mindful of His daily deliverance from destruction.  Above all, may I always be steadfast to sing, play and proclaim His praise with beauty and skill and fervor for His glory.  May He grant me the dawning of many more days to praise His name!  AMEN!

“Let my soul live that it may praise you.” Psalm 119:175

 

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