Music and Worship

Christ Encountering Worship

Music plays an important and vital role in the worship of God at Christ United. The Music and Worship Ministry is led by Michael Kemp and Adam Walker and includes a combination of contemporary and traditional styles in order to create two different types of worship services. Music is an integral part of our communication with God.  It teaches and helps us retain scriptures for a lifetime.  Hymns, choruses, and new songs provide a means for us to express our thanks, praise, and love to God. Through music we hope to offer encouragement, hope, comfort, and guidance.

The Bridge service which begins at 10:45am in the Fellowship Hall is the contemporary worship option at Christ United. Every Sunday, you can expect a powerful blend of Biblical teaching, modern praise and worship music, and a casual, friendly environment. 

The Traditions service which begins at 10:45am in the sanctuary is designed for those seeking a more formal expression of worship.  It is a powerful, engaging experience through the classic hymns of the faith and praise music led by choir, orchestra and organ, along with a dynamic mix of liturgy, creative media, and relevant, Biblical preaching.

Join us for worship during one of our Sunday morning services.  Enter into an atmosphere with people who are just like you, and who desire to become disciples of Jesus Christ, and want to build quality relationships with others and most importantly, with God. God loves you, and wants you to experience full, abundant life through Jesus Christ. As part of making disciples of Jesus Christ who know, love and serve, we endeavor to offer services that embrace people at every stage of spiritual discovery and create environments for life-changing, Christ encountering worship, celebration and communication of biblical truth.

Music & Worship Ministry - Musical Opportunities

It is our desire to celebrate the diverse musical gifts God has given each of us.  We encourage people to develop and use their musical gifts in sharing Christ's message.  Our ministry offers training for children, youth and adults in developing their musical gifts in order to worship and serve at Christ United.

JOY Singers Senior Adult Choir

The JOY Singers is open to senior adults and meets on scheduled Thursdays throughout the year from 10:00– 11:00am.  You can expect a great hour of music and fellowship followed by outreach opportunities into our community as we share the JOY of music.  

Sanctuary Choir

Each Sunday the Sanctuary Choir provides musical leadership in the Traditions worship service as well as in several seasonal programs throughout the year.  Our repertoire encompasses a wide variety of styles, including everything from great works of sacred choral literature to fresh arrangements from today’s top Christian artists.  We invite you to be a part of this diverse and friendly community of singers, and to share and develop your musical gifts.  Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30pm (childcare is provided).  

Sanctuary Orchestra

The Sanctuary Orchestra is comprised of a diverse group of musicians who have a heart to worship the Lord through instrumental music.  In addition to providing musical leadership in the Traditions worship service, the orchestra participates in special events and seasonal productions throughout the year.  The orchestra always encourages new members and welcomes players from differing backgrounds.  Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 6:00-7:30pm (childcare is provided).  

The Bridge Band
The Bridge Band provides musical leadership for The Bridge service and consists of guitars, drums, and vocals.  The band is an auditioned group and rehearses on Thursdays from 6:00–8:00pm (childcare is provided).  The music the band plays consists of everything from what is currently playing on top Christian radio, to praise and worship, gospel and even some hymns.  

Non Musical Opportunities

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Acolytes

The Acolytes ministry provides 4th-6th graders with a meaningful opportunity to be involved and serve in the church as helpers and attendants in the Traditions Worship service.  Acolytes work closely with the pastors and take part in church services to help people worship God.  The acolytes’ duties include lighting and extinguishing the altar candles, assisting with the offering, and other duties as needed during the services.  

Communion Servers

As a sacrament, we believe Holy Communion is a means of God's grace.  It is not solely a memorial meal, but is also a time we encounter the Risen Lord through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  Holy Communion is offered the first Sunday of every month in both services and Communion Servers help by serving the bread and wine (grape juice).  

Scripture Readers

We believe the Bible is God’s word to us – alive and transforming.  We are looking for readers who are passionate about presenting God’s word in a way that communicates its life-changing power!  Readers serve periodically in worship services throughout the year as well as special services during the Lent/Easter and Advent/Christmas seasons.  

Usher

An usher is the hospitality component of the Music and Worship Ministry, ushers are responsible for collecting offering, assisting with Holy Communion and assisting with seating.

Media in Worship

Worship through Media has been a growing science in the last decade or so. The use of visual aids, lighting, sound and projection has proven to support the message in a way that resonates today in our fast paced environment. Much like writing and literary creativity helped support our worship services in years past, media has proven to do the same for us in the 21st century.

The awesome task of discovering ways to offer our new technologies to God as a fitting and appropriate offering of ourselves is a weekly challenge. The coolest part of the challenge is the fact that no idea is “off the table”.  The challenge for the future is to be open to the ways in which God may be seeking to enable us to do this with electronic media.  

We are always welcomed to new ideas and technologies for worship. If you have an interest in being part of a growing ministry of the church, we would love to have you on our Media Team, or more appropriately, our Media Family. Please contact Zack Mobley at zmobley@christunitedjxn.org or stop by the control booth in between services on a Sunday morning.

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Music & Worship Ministry Staff

Michael Kemp, Music and Worship Ministry Director  Traditions Service Worship Leader
Adam Walker, Music and Worship Associate Director  The Bridge Service Worship Leader
Cathy Shofner, Ministry Assistant for Music and Worship
Kati McLellan, Worship Resource Director 
Zack Mobley, Technical Director
Curtis Nunnery, Technical Assistant Director
Joseph Craven, Videographer
George Strickland, Organist
Heidi Kemp, Pianist

Music & Worship Ministry Contact Information:

Michael Kemp            601.914.7148        Email: mkemp@christunitedjxn.org
Adam Walker            601.914.7149         Email: awalker@christunitedjxn.org 
Cathy Shofner           601.914.7146        Email: cshofner@christunitedjxn.org
Kati McLellan            601.914.7147        Email: kmclellan@christunitedjxn.org
Zack Mobley             601.421.8665        Email: zmobley@christunitedjxn.org