Princeton Pike Worship
Pastor Cory & Shelly Norton
Worship Arts Ministry
The Worship Arts Ministry of the Princeton Pike Church Of God exists to magnify the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, with psalms, hymns, spiritual songs and a variety of artistic expressions that reflect the creativity and glory of God.
Our Musical Style
PPCOG is a diverse body of believers which is a wonderful foretaste of heaven! As such, our musical style is diverse. We value singing a “new song” to the Lord (Psalm 96) by modern songwriters like Chris Tomlin, Elevation, Israel Houghton and others, set to guitars, keyboards and drums as well as woodwinds, brass and strings. We also value the timeless lyrics and soaring melodies of classic hymns like, Because He Lives and How Great Thou Art set to organ and piano. We appreciate the enhancement of digital electronics, but also relish unplugging and/or adding orchestral instruments from time to time. We delight in the joyful energy of songs from the Gospel tradition, but also appreciate more contemplative tempos of more classical composers. At PPCOG, we strive to set aside our personal preferences to appreciate a variety of musical and lyrical styles, recognizing that each has its strength in attempting to reflect God’s inexpressible truth, wisdom, and beauty.
Frontline Worship Band
The Worship Band is the back-bone of our worship through music at PPCOG. Therefore, skilled instrumentalists (guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard) are needed to regularly accompany congregational singing. In addition, we are eager to have other instrumentalists (brass, woodwinds, strings, etc.) step forward for more occasional service. To apply to be a part of the Worship Band, visit ppcogmusic.com to audition.
Frontline Worship Singers
The Worship Team consist of individually miked singers who play a vital role in our worship services, modeling whole-hearted worship and providing vocal leadership for the congregation, year round. Having a voice for solos is not required, though being able to sing on pitch and blend with others around you is necessary. Reading music is not required but would be very helpful. To apply to be a part the Worship Singers, visit ppcogmusic.com to audition.
The Choir plays a vital role in our worship services, ministering through choral anthems, modeling whole-hearted worship and providing vocal leadership for the congregation. In addition to weekly ministry, the choir presents an annual Christmas concert/musical and may be involved in other special services or events. Choir members are not required to read music, but must be able to match pitch and rhythm. To apply to be in the Worship Choir, contact Pastor Cory Norton.
Throughout the year, gifted singers and instrumentalists are invited to provide Special Music during Sunday worship services and special services. While it’s preferred that these individuals serve in the Worship Arts Ministry throughout the year, we understand that work and family schedules don’t always permit regular mid-week and Sunday rehearsals. Contact Pastor Cory Norton for more information.
We are looking for people of all ages to be involved in occasional drama ministry at PPCOG. Contact Pastor Cory Norton for more information.
What is Worship?
Worship is not the slow song that the choir sings. Worship is not the amount you place in the offering basket. Worship is not volunteering in children’s church. Yes, these may be acts or expressions of worship, but they do not define what true worship really is. There are numerous definitions of the word worship. Yet, one in particular encapsulates the priority we should give to worship as a spiritual discipline: Worship is to honor with extravagant love and extreme submission (Webster’s Dictionary,1828).
True worship, in other words, is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. Thus, if your lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and you do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then we invite you to make worship a non-negotiable priority in your life.
We worship God because he is God, Period. Our extravagant love and extreme submission to the Holy One flows out of the reality that God loved us first. It is highly appropriate to thank God for all the things he has done for us. However, true worship is shallow if it is solely an acknowledgement of God’s wealth. Psalm 96:5-6 says, “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.” In other words, our worship must be toward the one who is worthy simply because of his identity as the Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent One, and not just because God is wealthy and able to meet our needs and answers our prayers. We must focus our practice of worship on the worthiness of God and not his wealthiness.
Evaluate your expressions of worship so that through singing, declaring, and giving, you will “give to the LORD the glory He deserves … ” (Ps. 96:8). The promise is that when we worship God in this way, He will come and commune with us. And above all, God will respond to your worship by making your heart more like His.
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”