Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
Every Thursday, we hold a chapel service designed to allow the body of Christ at HHCA worship God together as a school. Once a month we hold an all-school chapel.
HHCA Philosophy of Worship
List of 4 items.
The Primacy of Worship
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” (Westminster Confession of Faith, Shorter Catechism, Question #1) Worship, both corporate and personal, is a primary means by which we glorify God. It involves the recognition of God’s worth and includes offering Him honor, praise, and adoration. Worship is the ultimate goal of salvation and, therefore, of all history (Jn. 4:23; Rom. 15:8-11; I Pet. 2:9; Rev. 5:13; 7:12) and deserves our full attention, energy and participation.
Worship is related to every area of our lives. We are called to eat, drink, speak, think and work to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31). Worship cannot be narrowed down to a particular time and place as if God does not claim authority over certain aspects of our lives. There are no neutral desires or deeds; everything is an expression of worship.
God-centered worship is to be pursued in every facet of our lives as we consider how all-encompassing the Lord is to us. Worship is primarily vertical in focus: God-centered and Christ-centered, in and through the Holy Spirit. However, there is also a horizontal aspect to worship. We gather as the people of God who are bound together in the family of God and are called together for the assembling of ourselves to worship God (Hebrews 10:25).
Head and Heart
Corporate worship must engage both the head (the mind) and the heart (the affections/emotions) of the worshipper. Our worship will strive to allow music to be an vehicle for the truth of the Gospel in the life of the worshipper. True biblical worship will lead to greater transformation in a believer’s life and a genuine desire to have an impact for the One who is the recipient of the worship.
Excellence not Perfection
We aim at excellence in all the elements of chapel – preaching, playing, praying and singing. We do not want to offer anything to the Lord except our very best; however, we do not demand perfection. We desire for all the parts of the worship service to lead the worshipper in an undistracted approach to the Lord and see Him in all of His wonder, truth and beauty.
Music in Worship
Worship and music are not synonymous; music is a part of worship. The primary role of music in our worship services is to support singing. Our musicians play to glorify God and serve the school body.
Worship is an action word and participants in worship are not merely spectators. They are actively engaged in offering honor, praises, and adoration to God who alone is the true audience. Because worship is an activity it requires preparation, attention, understanding, and effort. In corporate worship the musicians and worship leaders are the facilitators, leading each person to offer her\his best worship.