“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
As Dr. Ken Read writes, “We are wired to worship.” Being able to express ourselves in worship is a vital part of our relationship with the Lord. When we praise him, we are giving our best to honor our “Audience of One,” the Lord God Almighty. Our band and praise teams use their talents unselfishly to help us experience the presence of the Lord in worship through a genuine encounter with Christ.
As such, I would like to recognize those that are part of our band and praise teams. Matt Archibald provides leadership to this important ministry. We are grateful for his efforts. Here is the list of participants that he provided to me: Michelle Roseberry, Liz Crabtree, Bridget Hale, Lyndsi Weaver, Kathy Kellenbarger, Lydia Archibald, Jordan Divine, Tracy Stillion serve as praise team members. In the band we have: Stu Stull, Roger Tedrow, Bruce Arbaugh, Adam Thompson, Zack Thompson, Dan Napier, Joe Steager, Tim Kanke, B.J. Freeze, Jeff Nash, Mindy Thorp, Pat Fitzsimmons, Diane Barnes, Mary Duncan, Tom Hollinger, Bob Rutherford, Donna Rutherford, Lex Lemmon, and Noah Seckman.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank each and every one of these people. They are able to do extraordinary things with musical excellence, combined with a heart of genuine worship. They devote untold hours to rehearsal with each other and on their own. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.