Worship Ministry

An Update on the Worship Ministry


One of my commitments to you after the stated retirement of our former Music Minister, Eddie Russell, was to communicate as much as a possible regarding the search for a new music minister. The purpose of this document is to continue to fulfill that commitment. Please read below for an update and a few thoughts regarding HBC’s search for a new Worship Pastor/Music Minister.

1. Why are we using the language “Worship Pastor?”

The reason we are using the term “Worship Pastor” and not “Music Minister” isbecause worshipping God includes much more than simply music. Psalm 22:29 says, “All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will knell before him.” Psalm 95:6 says, “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.” These verses are two verses that demonstrate that worship can occur without music even being present. These verses even indicate that if we were to worship the way these verses teach, we all would bow down before the Lord at some point during the worship service. Psalm 95 places more of an emphasis on body posture than music when it comes to worshipping God.

However, Scripture also indicates that music can be an essential part of worship. Psalm 57:7-8 say, “My heart, O God is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn.” With the understanding that singing can be a part of worship and that worship goes beyond singing, HBC is looking for someone who is definitely musically inclined AND able to help HBC grow in its ability to worship beyond singing.

2. Where the Personnel Committee is currently in the search process.

The HBC Personnel Committee recently met and reviewed the completed Worship Surveys. For those of you who took the time to fill out a survey, please hear me say thank you. Resumes for the Worship Pastor position are starting to accumulate, and the Personnel Committee has started to review these resumes and pray through next steps. Please know that the greatest way you can help the Personnel Committee is by praying. The task of identifying HBC’s next Worship Pastor is a heavy task and it’s one that the Personnel Committee takes very seriously. If you care about the future of HBC’s worship ministry, I want to encourage you to set aside one minute at 1:00 p.m. every day to pray for the worship ministry and HBC’s next worship pastor.

3. Hymn Sing.

As the current 10:30 a.m. worship service continues to move in the direction of a more modern worship style, I want you to know that we have heard many of you express a desire to hear more hymns, the piano, and organ. We want to provide an opportunity for those desiring more of a traditional worship service to experience such a service. Therefore, HBC is having its first Sunday Afternoon Hymn Sing on Sunday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. If you desire to worship the Lord primarily through singing hymns, holding a hymnal, hearing a quartet, while listening to the organ and piano, I believe this service will warm your heart. Mark your calendars for this service.

As we continue to move in a direction I believe God is leading us as a church, I want to continue to emphasize my offer to sit down and listen to anyone who desires to talk about the future Worship Ministry of HBC. If you would like to meet, please call the office at 859-734-2339 or email office@harrodsburgbaptist.org and request a meeting. I enjoy listening and interacting with church members and would appreciate receiving your input.

May the Lord bless and keep you, Paul

Leading people to the throne of grace.

Our Mission

Our desire at HBC is to help everyone deepen their relationship with God, as His Spirit transforms and conforms us to be more like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Who it's for

The worship team is open to all ages and is a great way for us as a church to have a multigenerational approach to doing ministry. Below are the various ways you can serve in our worship ministry.

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