Our style of music is contemporary with respect given to the hymns as well as modern day worship songs. All of our music and the songs we use are used simply as tools to open our hearts to God. We strive to worship Christ alone – not a style, a song, or a method. We pray that you would find your heart open to the loving and powerful presence of God at Oakdale through our worship ministry.
“And if my people who are called by my name become humble and pray,
and look for me and turn away from their evil ways,
then I will hear them from heaven.
I will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
At Oakdale, we also believe that God is listening! We believe He waits to be gracious to us and exalts Himself to show mercy to us! (Isa.30:18) Therefore, we seek Him in all His glory…with all our brokenness… knowing He is our healer and our redeemer through Christ, who loves us and demonstrated His love for us by dying for us while we are yet still sinners!
Our corporate worship is based on these truths:
1. Christ has died on the cross to redeem us.
We approach The Lord through the gift of music and song humbly knowing we have no rights except the honor He has given us by redeeming us through His death on the cross. We use music as a tool, or a servant, to nurture or build up the body of Christ, which is the church. We sing truths from God’s Word to remind ourselves of His great love and mercy for us and to encourage one another to lean on His love and let Him forgive us of our foolishness; most of all we sing to glorify God as He is our audience!
2. Christ has risen from the dead.
Jesus conquered death; He did not stay in the grave, proving His power. We celebrate a risen Lord, not just on Easter but on every day of the year. Our worship in song is to celebrate His authority and ability to save us from the same fate. We are alive in Christ and will live with Him forever, our spirits are intertwined with His and, in worship, we enjoy that communion and intimacy. We will also enjoy this unity with Him forever in eternity.
3. Christ will come again.
We celebrate in song that He promises to return. We also celebrate His Holy Spirit abiding in us if we have asked Him to reside there – He will guide us through the rough and challenging waters of this life. He says in John 10:10 that He has come to give us life and life more abundant. So we enjoy Him and the plans He has for us, even in the very difficult seasons. He is with us in all things and we sing of our gratitude and thankfulness to Him for never leaving us! We look with excitement to the day we are forever with Him.
Jami Smith, Worship Pastor