Culpeper United Methodist Church
Come and worship with us! The Culpeper UMC Praise Band supports the 9:29 Service and other special events with Contemporary Christian Music featuring musicians using guitars, keyboard, drums, vocalists, and other media as instruments of praise.
Worship Leader, Denise Pass, leads this group, as well as the Audio/Visual (A/V) team, by exhorting all members to pursue excellence and authentic worship at all times whether that’s during church services, special events or by living out a God-centered life. Musicians and technicians are selected based upon their God-given skills and character as needs arise on the team.
Meet Our Worship Leader...
A published author with Abingdon Press, Denise is also a CCM artist, singer/songwriter who has served the LORD in worship ministry for almost 30 years. Her passion is cultivating worship in the hearts of God’s people and writing about the hope God has for us, communicating the passionate relationship we were designed to have with our Creator. Denise seeks to select worship that is rich in doctrine, provoking us to a deeper place of worship. She also writes songs to reveal the depth of this relationship God offers to us.
Phone: (540) 825-0764
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Denise’s guiding principal is that true worship is the outpouring of a Spirit-led life founded on the truth of God’s word. We are admonished to worship in spirit and truth… “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24, ESV).
First and foremost, we must be born again; without the Holy Spirit residing within us, we cannot respond or lead others to God in worship because we do not know Him. “…No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Corinthian 2:11, NET). The Holy Spirit is the one who truly leads worship and all true worship glorifies God. As such, all praise band and A/V team members should be Christians practicing their faith both in their personal lives as well as in service to the church congregation.
Second, spirit-led worship requires a God-centered life constantly renewed by Truth (the very Word of God). “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.”(Psalm 119:160, ESV). We are encouraged to walk not in the ways of this world, but to be transformed by the Spirit into a new creature capable of discerning what is the will of God in our lives and what is good, acceptable, and perfect (Romans 12:2). The foundation of the worship team (praise band and A/V team) is built upon sharing the word of God by participation in Bible study/small group as integrated and a required part of the weekly rehearsal. Only when our minds are freed from distraction and centered on godly things can we worship and lead others to worship in spirit. It is also Denise’s heart to love, walk alongside, demonstrate compassion, fellowship and otherwise know the condition of her “flock” she has been called to lead. The weekly small group provides a loving environment for the sharing of burdens, prayer concerns, blessings, and confession of sin leading to true repentance.
Third, and lastly, a worshiping heart desires to serve God by commitment to excellence in using his/her God-given gifts and talents. “Sing a new song of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp, and sing with joy.” (Psalm 33:3, NLT). This literally means “to do well in playing music” and suggests being diligent in practice to acquire musical expertise. Even so, the drive towards excellence should not impair a joyful heart but yield a pleasing disposition as opposed to a critical spirit. As we “sing with joy” let us remember to encourage our team members by yielding opportunity, thanking each other, demonstrating humility, praying for and forgiving one another’s inevitable mistakes. As such, for those serving on a given Sunday or special event, participation in the weekly small group and rehearsal is an expectation. As Denise leads with grace and understanding, occasional exceptions may be warranted at her discretion. Those circumstances should be brought to her attention as early as possible.
For more information regarding the meaning of Christian Worship please refer to: https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-worship.html and of course the Holy Bible. Great Bible reading plans are available at https://www.ligonier.org/blog/bible-reading-plans/ and all team members are encouraged to spend personal time in reading scripture at their own pace.