Worship Committee (WC) is an active committee of session with the purpose to provide oversight and leadership to our faith family’s worship’s life – its planning, development, implementation, and evaluation.
Our mission as the WC is to be faithful stewards of the worship life and space of the LVHPC, so that:
God will be praised, glorified, and followed.
Our people may be transformed and renewed in Christ.
The church may be equipped by the Holy Spirit for God’s service in this Community and the world.
Once again the Worship Committee has honored our session of LVHPC as they have empowered and delegated the work of coordinating the necessary leaders to serve as ministers, musicians, liturgist, presenters, greeters, communion servers, flower coordinators, acolytes, and ushers. We are very grateful to each person who has served our congregation through one of these ministries.
The Worship Committee consists of the following faithful members: Ken Andrew, Dave Dorman (Elder), Rev. Jonathan Hughes (Pastor), Townie Losey (Director of Music Ministry), Barbara Shock, and Shelley Ulrich (Elder Chairperson). This was a very faithful team of dedicated and talented members who met on a regular basis throughout the year. Each person on the committee participated in active service and helped to fulfill the work of the committee.
The focus of our year consisted of a couple of key concerns. First, we dealt with the concern for the length of our Sunday worship services. We did a study that timed our worship service elements to get a better idea of the timing of each to better understand where we might cut back. During Advent season we re-arranged the Worship Service and found the results to be positive. We are still considering the role of the children’s time as we move forward. We have also been considering the purchase of new hymnals that might better reflect our worship desires and to continue to provide the rich traditional hymns loved by LVHPC.
We also considered the creation of a Worship Committee Manual and Policy to better equip our committee for making decisions and leading others in ministry that pertained to our ministry. This is a work in progress as we consider the various needs presently and in the future. We hope to continue to explore that process in 2017.
We are also very proud of the work that Townie Losey our Director of Music Ministry and the work he has done with our choir and worship band. He has an amazing talent and has given of his time and creative ideas to enhance our worship at LVHPC. The following reflects the report Townie submitted for 2016:
The year 2016 presented some familiar and new challenges in the LVHPC music program. Consistent and timely attendance in the praise team has been the most pressing challenge, as participation was often spotty and unpredictable. As a result, the praise team has been difficult to develop in both terms of camaraderie and musicality. However, the team members we do have are wonderfully loyal. Additionally, the recent equipment upgrades have aided tremendously in overcoming sonic challenges in our reverberant sanctuary, which is not naturally conducive to contemporary styles of music.
Concerning the choir, section leader positions proved difficult to fill on a long-term basis for most of the year, however by the end of 2016, nearly all positions have been filled with inspiring young leaders, putting us in an excellent place at the start of 2017. Highlights include the choir’s performance of over 20 anthems throughout the year – four of which were newly composed/arranged specifically for LVHPC choir by the director–in addition to the Good Friday performance of Fauré Requiem with the community choir in collaboration with Lyra Chamber Orchestra and Ensoma (arguably the most attended public event of 2016 at LVHPC).
Lastly, we organized and purchased a few new Christmas decorations for the Advent and Christmas Worship Services with the hopes of reflecting the importance of this time of year for us at LVHPC. Two services for Christmas Eve were planned, one for families and one later for a more traditional meditative service.
We look forward to an exciting year and we are anticipating creative change as led by God through the vision and mission of LVHPC.