What does it mean to praise and worship Almighty God, the God of the Bible?
To worship God is to express our love and awe of who He is. In Isaiah 66:1 God says “Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.”
He is the Creator of the universe and everything in it, which includes
me and you. God sees us as significant. How wonderful and amazing is
The foundation of our praise is rooted in a personal relationship with
God through Jesus Christ. Out of that relationship God desires us to
live all of our moments as a worshipper. True worship requires total
commitment of our body, mind and spirit. It’s about exalting, adoring
and acknowledging the God of the Bible. It has nothing to do with
religion, but it has everything to do with having an intimate and
profound relationship with God - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
When it comes to preparing for gathered worship, the key is to
understand you and I are on a journey. We want to be on a progression of
some kind during any particular worship gathering. God promises to be
with us when two or three gather in His name. God is wanting to bring
you and me to a place of encounter with Him. This is not necessarily why
we worship but rather what occurs when we worship in genuine spirit and
The section of the journey we find ourselves on during a particular
worship gathering is part of a bigger pilgrimage we're on during our
weeks, months and years as a church family. Keep this in mind and enjoy
the journey. Think journey!
The best worship occurs from the inside-out. Worship is born from the
revelation of God as found in His word, our times of prayer, and
personal experiences where we encounter the presence of God. Too often a
person can simply look good on the outside while the true test is this:
when we take the deep look inside, is there something of substance from
We have several
opportunities for instrumentalists wishing to serve in worship
gatherings here at First Norfolk. Being a part of these groups requires
commitment, as each are involved in weekly services as well as special
events throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more or
becoming a part of these groups please check out the following:
The Worship Orchestra plays in Sunday morning services. It is made up of high school
sophomores and above who have at least an intermediate skill level in
their chosen instrument. A weekly rehearsal is held on Wednesday nights
for those interested in serving in this capacity.
The Rhythm Section consists of highly skilled individuals who play at
three Sunday morning services each week. This group is joined by
We have numerous opportunities for vocalists of all ages to get involved in the Worship Arts Ministry at
First Norfolk. We have a choir program for adults that meets each Wednesday night and a choir for senior adults that practices together on
Tuesdays. The Voices of Praise Choir leads regularly on Sunday
mornings. For more
information on these programs, please see below.
Voices of Praise is the choir you see on Sunday mornings in the Worship Center. This dedicated group of worship leaders practices on Wednesday nights and sings regularly on Sunday morning. The group is comprised of high school graduates and above.
Master’s Choir is the exceptionally active senior adult choir that is made up of adults 55 years and older who are primarily members of First Baptist Norfolk although there are members from other area churches as well. They meet each Tuesday afternoon at 1:15 in the Choir Room to rehearse for their various mission opportunities and special events.
Rehearsal times and location:
1:15 - 2:30pm
* On the third Tuesday of the month, we sing off-site at a ministry venue location.
The Vocal Praise Teams at First Norfolk consist of committed members of the Worship Arts Ministry chosen by the Worship Pastor. These teams put in extra hours of rehearsal and are responsible to lead the church community in worship on Sunday mornings.