Worship Arts

What is Worship?

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 that?

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.

Why Worship?

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 truth.

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!

How to Worship?

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 within?


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:

Worship Orchestra

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.

Rhythm Section

The Rhythm Section consists of highly skilled individuals who play at three Sunday morning services each week. This group is joined by audition only.


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 Choir

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.

The Master’s Choir

The 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:
Choir Room
1:15 - 2:30pm
* On the third Tuesday of the month, we sing off-site at a ministry venue location.

Vocal Praise Team

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.



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First Baptist Norfolk

312 Kempsville Road
Norfolk, VA 23502

(757) 461-3226


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