Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
Worship is of the utmost importance at Grace Chapel and not just any worship, but Majestic, Word-centered, God-centered, Christ-centered worship, is our central passion. Our Sunday celebration is simply the overflow of what God is doing individually in our lives throughout the week. And when the Sunday service is over and when we leave, nothing is to change. It is simply to be a carryover of what was in concentrated form happening during the service.
It has been rightly stated, “Great theology produces great hymnology, which in turn produces great doxology.” This is the heartbeat of Grace Chapel, to present transcendent, God-honouring worship. It requires a sacrificial offering of praise to God producing both reverence and awe. Moreover, there is an inseparable bond between the centrality of the Word of God and the worship of God. To this end, the prolific pastor and noted author, James Montgomery Boice writes, “To worship God we must know who God is, but we cannot know who God is unless God first chooses to reveal Himself to us. God has done this in the Bible, which is why the Bible and the teaching of the Bible need to be central in our worship.” God’s Word is wholly sufficient in that it provides Scriptural elements, which are essential to the corporate worship of Grace Chapel – namely Scripture reading, preaching/ teaching, prayer, singing, baptism, and communion. As determined by God Himself, the purpose of worship is the exaltation of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit by His redeemed. Worship is thus a celebration of God, His work and His character. As such, our services provide a worship perspective that is primarily transcendent in nature, rather than superficial and man-centred.
With this in mind, the Cambridge Declaration makes this statement regarding the status of worship in today’s evangelical church: “The loss of God’s centrality in the life of today’s church is common and lamentable. It is the loss that allows us to transform worship into entertainment, gospel preaching into marketing, being good into feeling good about ourselves, and faithfulness into being successful…We must focus on God in our worship, rather than the satisfaction of our personal needs. God is sovereign in worship; we are not. Our concern must be for God’s kingdom, not our own empires, popularity or success.” Therefore, it is the desire of Grace Chapel that there be a returning to the foundational themes of the Protestant Reformation in the worship of the church: Scripture alone (sola Scriptura), grace alone (sola gratia), Christ alone (solus Christus), faith alone (sola fide), and glory to God alone (soli Deo Gloria).
The individuals currently involved in the music ministry are: Kelston Robinson, Mera Ramjes, Mary Karas, Stewart Said, Amira Shokry, and Peter Gendi.