How do we define worship? Why do we constantly strive to fit the otherness of God into a box that we can understand and control? In his book, The Knowledge Of The Holy, A.W. Tozer (1961) writes, “Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms” (p. 8). Worship is fluid. As we see more of God, as we press deeper into Him, as more of Him is revealed through the Scriptures and His people, our worship of Him increases. Worship is like a canvas that is constantly being added to with small brushstrokes, until the picture becomes clear, and we see Him in full.
We believe worship is an active response to God’s initiative and revelation in a way that brings Him glory. We are to turn and “follow hard” after God. The more we respond in this way, the more we will see who God is; which in turn will induce us to respond in an even deeper way. John Piper said that “God is most glorified is us when we are most satisfied in Him”. Worship is the overflow of a heart amazed by the otherness of God. When we experience how big God is, we then have no other choice but to fall on our knees before Him.
“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24
One significant way we worship together is through singing.
Ancient & Modern
At CityLight, our "corporate" worship is both Ancient and Modern. We call it Ancient Upgrade. It is deeply rooted in the fathers of the faith, yet spoken in our culture’s language. We would be arrogant to think that the only medium with which to worship have been created in the last quarter of a century. Historically, there have been truths spoken, lyrics written, and scenes painted that communicate truths about God. These offerings of worship are an important part of our spiritual heritage. We attempt to use these historical expressions in a way that makes sense in our culture because they teach us about God’s nature in a depth that is not often duplicated today.
You will find multiple bands at CityLight leading worship with different styles based on the unique giftings and interests of the band members. God has blessed our church with an unusually large number of gifted musicians and vocalists and we seek to bring that God-given talent to bear on our gathered worship. As a result, if you are checking out CityLight on a Sunday, it helps to attend for several weeks to get a full picture of what our worship is like.
But if you are interested in what kind of music we play, here is a list of songs which we cover