What SN@K Is and What it Is Not
“Sunday Night at the Kirk” is:
A worship service – Our first and foremost goal in worship is to worship God the way that he
desires to be worshipped. In Colossians 3:16 and 17 (and elsewhere), the Bible says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Psalms are the poems in the Bible that were set to music expressly for worship. Hymns refer to the traditional songs that express great theological truths. Spiritual songs simply refer to the kinds of music that primarily praise God for what he has done for us in our individual lives. Just like our classical worship service on Sunday mornings, SN@K seeks to pro- vide for us an opportunity to corporately worship God in the manner in which he desires. ESV John 4:23 “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.” Since our secondary desire is to make it ‘fit’ Westkirk, the Session has also decided to incorporate, to the best of our ability, many of the traditional elements of our regular morning classical service into our new, monthly, Sunday evening service. These elements may include: congregational prayers, responsive readings, the singing of the Gloria Patri and/or Doxology, and the participating in the Lord’s Supper and singing of the Lord’s Prayer. They may not sound exactly the same, but the spirit of this second service is to be worshipful first, and complementary to Westkirk’s classical service, second.
An opportunity – Do your local children and/or grandchildren worship with you at Westkirk? If not, why not? While our first priority is to worship God the way that he desires to be worshipped, we also acknowledge that he created us all with different passions, desires and preferences. As long as the worship service is biblical, the music style should not be the main focus. No one style of music is more sacred than another. After all, many of the hymns we sing today took their melodies from popular tavern tunes of the 16th and 17th centuries. SN@K is an opportunity. Who do you know that does not worship at Westkirk, but who might consider it if the music style were something other than traditional? Invite them!
An outreach to our community – Our vision is To Know Christ and Make Him Known! The Session desires to be faithful in the ministry decisions we make, in order that the Lord might be pleased to use us as a vessel to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to those he plans to redeem. SN@K is also designed to be an outreach tool that He can use, and we can use, to introduce people who are not Christians to the saving message of Jesus Christ. ESV Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in1 the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
An answer to the prayers of our older children and youth – Westkirk has a history of seeing our young families leave the ministry once their children get old enough to express their preferences in worship, and their desire to be ‘with their friends.’ The Session is committed to see this trend end. We will not sit idly by as one family after another slips away to a church where the ministry needs of their children are met without resistance. Our older children and youth have regularly requested that an alternative music worship opportunity be provided. Since our children and youth form the foun- dation of the future of this ministry, it is incumbent upon us to seek to meet this need. SN@K is not a youth service. We are, however, excited to see how this worship service will be received by our