"Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, 'Amen! Amen!' Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground."–Nehemiah 8:5-6 (NIV)
"The duty to worship God is based upon the fact that He is the Creator and that to Him all other beings owe their existence.... Says the psalmist: 'Know ye that the Lord He is God: it is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves.' 'O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.' Psalm 100:3; 95:6. And the holy beings who worship God in heaven state, as the reason why their homage is due to Him: 'Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things.' Revelation 4:11."–The Great Controversy, p. 436
Purpose–The purpose of the Worship Ministry is to promote praise, reverence and holiness in the services of the Virginia Beach Seventh-day Adventist Church–in both personal and corporate settings. The goal of the Worship Ministry is to create an atmosphere that invokes the presence of God and facilitates an attitude of reception to the Holy Spirit. Coordination with the many ministries of the church is needed for each of the services to run smoothly and members to have an opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit.
Members–The members of the Worship Ministry include: Pastor, Elder, Head Deacon, Head Deaconess, Music Coordinator, Communication Coordinator, and lay members.
Responsibilities–The Worship Committee’s responsibilities include the scheduling of participants and coordination with the pastor and guest speakers for the design of the weekly service.
Opportunities to Serve–The Worship Ministry offers opportunities for involvement for a wide range of ages in the following areas:
Scripture reading (children and youth)
Children’s story (children and adults)
Offering call (children and adults)
Music (see Music Ministries)
The Worship Ministry seeks to lead church attendees to God in a service of reverence, praise, and awe.