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Westside Worship

Westside  is a community of faith uniquely anointed, gifted, and marked by God to be worshipers. Not in pride, but with humility we see the watermark of the Holy Spirit in the role of worship in our family of faith. Songs flow out of our people, musicians grow and are trained to join the call, and every time we gather, we worship.

 

We are in awe of God. Overwhelmed by His goodness on sunny mountain tops but almost more in the shadowy valleys that challenge our faith. Our God has been good to us and His unchanging character steadies, sustains, and urges us on. So, we worship. Worship brings breakthrough where bondage has held many. Faint hearts find new strength as praise rises from our lips beside those whose voices are too fragile to join in. Worship becomes an offering. Not just in song, but of our lives. Lives so desperately in need of our gracious God.
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“We believe that worship is a crucial part not just of our services, but in the life of the believer. It is a biblical principle and tool that encourages us to move beyond our circumstances and understanding, and connect our spirits, to the Spirit of God. 
In Acts 16, we read about Paul and Silas beaten and imprisoned for preaching the message of Jesus Christ. I can picture them there, chained to the wall, bruised and bloody, and probably pretty scared. Incredibly, they began to lift their voices in prayer and praise to God. As they sang, their chains fell off, and the doors to the prison were opened. What a beautiful picture, and reminder of the power of worship. Worship goes so far beyond the songs we sing together on Sunday. It transcends our current circumstances, and glorifies the name of Jesus. 
Our hope is that all who come to Westside would experience powerful breakthrough through worship, and that it would become a pivotal part of our everyday lives.” 
-Lindsay Parnell,  Worship Director 
Romans 12:1-2
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.” 
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God has gathered musicians at Westside in a beautiful way. Musicians who are more than anything unwavering in their commitment to make Jesus outrageously famous. Westside Worship teams gather often to pray for our church family and seek the Lord for His presence. In these gatherings new songs for fresh seasons are often born in organic, Holy Spirit-breathed ways. Musical talents are joined together in skillful unity and offered to usher in the sweetness of God’s presence. When we worship, God is near.

 

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As we behold the goodness and faithfulness of our God through worship, our lives are changed. Westside Church is marked by worship. For the greatness of who God is, for all that God has done, our song can never end. We will worship. With song, with dancing, with kneeling, and even more, with our lives. 

 

Written by: Jenna Anderson || Photos by: Various

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