Our highest calling
If you're looking at this we guess you're wondering what you might expect from the worship at Poole Vineyard. Well, look no further...
What do we do and why do we do it?
We want to glorify God because of all he's done for us. We firmly believe that to worship Him is our highest calling and, as a result, we feel privileged to take part. We do it in loads of different ways but, when we're all together, we find there's no better way but to sing.
As well as being a straightforward enough thing for groups of people to do together, we know we're in good company when we do it. Jesus and His disciples did it and we read several descriptions of the heavens filled with it.
Even more than this, when we give ourselves to God in worship we find stuff happens. One translation of the Bible describes this by saying that the Lord 'inhabits the praises of his people'. As we draw near to Him we feel Him drawing near to us.
We don't believe that worship should be hard work. Sometimes it is (and that's fine, because it's not really about us anyway!) but we always aim for what we do to be accessible to everyone.
In practice this means we aim for a fresh, contemporary feel and, whilst we don't shy away from using older hymns, etc., we try to avoid songs that we would struggle to 'own' and use with integrity. It means that, as a team, we commit ourselves to practice/develop and that we want to 'play skilfully', not only because we want to give God our best, but because we don't want what we do to get in the way.
These are exciting times for us and we really hope that, over the coming months and years, God continues to be with us in our worship times. We pray he will be inspiring and strengthening us as as we seek to express our love and worship to Him.
Pete Wilson - Worship Pastor