Corporate Worship in Song
This is the musical experience for everyone, and not just because it involves everyone who is in the congregation. We try to take a blended approach to music, incorporating certain newer (theologically sound) songs while not abandoning the great hymns of the faith nor the choruses of the more recent past. Our worship services utilize music in many places, providing many opportunities for everyone to sing praise to our God.
The Bay Vista Worship Choir is the main vocal ensemble in our church and is one of the finest volunteer groups on the coast. All vocal soloists and small ensemble members are also members of the Worship Choir. We lead corporate worship in song each Sunday during our morning service, and we also provide special music at least twice each month. We meet to pray Wednesday evenings at 6:15pm (in the choir room, located in the north end of the worship center), participate in the church-wide prayer meeting at 6:30pm, then rehearse from 7-8pm. As we prepare for special musical events, we sometimes have mystery rehearsals in “exotic” secret locations.
No audition is required to join the Worship Choir, though volunteers should agree to follow the peer-developed guidelines. Come “test-drive” singing with us by attending a rehearsal this week. You'll be amazed at all the fun you'll have while preparing to lead worship!
Bay Vista's Praise Singers rehearse twice per week, on Wednesdays at 5:30pm and Sundays at 8:00am, in the main worship center. Not only do they actively engage worshippers each and every Sunday morning, but they also function as a small ensemble to bring special music to our worship service from time to time. Membership in the Worship Choir is required to be considered for Praise Singers, who are chosen by audition as positions become available.
Praise Band / Orchestra
The Psalms give many examples of using instrumentals in worship, and we enjoy a variety of them! Our praise band / orchestra rehearses twice per week, at the same time and place as the Praise Singers, and provide music for our morning worship time each Sunday.
Would you like to be involved in this area of musical worship? If you still have your instrument, bring it to rehearsal and join the fun! If you sold or gave away your instrument long ago, no worries; we can help you find an instrument to borrow. If you have an available instrument, but no desire to play, consider donating or lending your instrument to Bay Vista; we'll find someone with the talent and desire to use it to glorify God. If any of that applies to you, please contact us to become part of this ministry.
All vocal and instrumental soloists are chosen by audition and are faithful members of either the Worship Choir or Praise Band / Orchestra (respectively). Once chosen, soloists are asked to share music in our morning worship service according to a schedule published quarterly by worship ministry staff. Soloists also understand that they are not simply performing - they, too, are worshipping with their talents, pointing people to the Savior rather than themselves. Special guests may occasionally be scheduled to sing/play at the discretion of the minister of music.
Membership in small ensembles at Bay Vista is by audition only, as positions become available. In addition to being faithful members of Worship Choir, members of small ensembles such as Praise Singers, Men's Quartet, and “One” (our ladies ensemble), may put in as much as two additional hours of rehearsal per week. From time to time, we form new groups as the Lord brings us talent. If you are interested in vocal ensembles, let us know.