Thus far in this series on Vineyard Distinctives we’ve covered The Already and the Not Yet, Everyone Gets to Play, The Main and the Plain and Come, Holy Spirit. This week’s distinctive is that here in the Vineyard Church we are A Worshiping Community. In the past, a lot of the hymns that were sung in churches were about God and Jesus. John Wimber wanted to get back to the very core of what worship is, singing to and praising God. The following is from Vineyard USA’s website:
“When we lift our voices and bow our hearts, we expect to experience God’s presence as a palpable reality. We have found we are made more fully human and better reflections of the God-image that we were created to be.
Worship shapes us as we respond to God’s love, and meet with Him, in the songs we sing. While there are many ways to worship, singing is vital to the Vineyard.
We are given to express worship and compassion in every part of our lives. This is our expression of loving God and loving our neighbor.
The Vineyard movement was birthed in simple songs and transforming moments of worship. To this day, experiencing God in worship is one of the hallmarks of Vineyard churches.
Throughout our story, the Vineyard movement has been primarily known for our expression of worship though the songs that God has given us. We have a rich history of meeting with God in worship, writing and recording songs for the Body of Christ, and serving worship leaders in their high calling in the local church.
Playing a vital role in birthing the contemporary worship movements of today, and with a few thousand songs pouring from Vineyard Worship over the last decades, the Vineyard movement has its own “hymnody” carrying our theology and values.”
A Worshiping Community with Phil Strout, National Director of Vineyard USA