View from the Band - by David Heath

“out of an overflow of the heart the mouth speaks”

Matt 12:34b


Here at Westwood we have a passion to know and meet with God. Here in the music group we aim to explore this passion through worship and praise.


We were created to worship


A Note on Worship

We fully appreciate the importance of substantial and relevant teaching – “man does not live on bread alone” (Matt. 4:4).  However, this is not the whole story; it is not enough for us to only gain knowledge about God we need to experience Him.  Thanks to the amazing grace of God he has made himself accessible to anyone who desires to seek Him.  Even more – God is inviting us to meet Him intimately.  


“Taste and see that the Lord is good”

Psalm 34:8


At Westwood we want people to understand that they can engage with God in worship, we want encourage people to have a heart for worship and ultimately to live lives of worship.  This last point is important.  We recognise that worship is not limited to singing songs on a Sunday.  Our lives must reflect worship; it should never be something we do only on a Sunday.  This is part of the core aim of the church – whole life discipleship.


Worshipping God means putting Him first and remembering the He is more important than anything or anyone else.


“Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only”

Matthew 4:10


A great biblical example of a worshipper was King David.  David was far from perfect and messed up in some big ways, though as a worshipper he had some great characteristics:


David had a heart after God – He actively pursued and hungered after God.

David knew what it was to serve and be humble

David was his own man; he wasn’t going to pretend to be anything he wasn’t

David respected others and those in leadership

David led with integrity and lived what he believed


When David was just a shepherd he worshipped God and God was his only audience.  When David become famous and became king his audience grew.  Matt Redman says in his book ‘The Unquenchable Worshipper’ that “The key for David is to try and maintain the heart of worship he had before life got complicated”.  


A Note on Style

There are three main styles of services that we have at Westwood.  Every Sunday there is a morning service and an evening service.  There is also an early morning communion service once a month.  As the focus of each of the services is different, the style of worship approach is different.



The Early Morning Communion Service

A gentle way to align yourself with God at the beginning of the day


The early morning communion service is an opportunity to reflect, and give thanks together for Jesus’ death for us.  It’s a gentle service, led by one of our Elders.  The choice of music tends towards songs and traditional hymns which have a progressive development of ideas in the lyrics, led on the keyboard.


“Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs”

Psalm 100:2



The Morning Service

Family Focus – Modern – Informal – Friendly

Preaching for those who live in the modern day


The morning service has a strong family focus.  The service is a very modern and informal time that provides a primary source of relevant and applicable teaching.  Praise and worship also make up an important part of this service.  There are many activities and groups for the kids.  There is something for everyone.  If you haven’t been to the morning service in a while then give it go – you may be pleasantly surprised.


“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise”

Psalm 8:2



The Evening Service

Experiential Worship – Culturally relevant Preaching – Child Friendly


The evening service has a much greater focus on worship than the other two services.  We aim for a contemporary, Spirit lead time of worship that will suit our present culture and those with a contemporary mindset.  As well as the time of praise, the service also aims to deliver culturally relevant teaching.  As if that wasn’t enough there is also a provision for children during the service – so don’t forget your kids!


“Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise”

James 5:13b


Some music you might want to check out


Tim Hughes

Ben Cant

Chris Tomlin

Matt Redman

Dave Crowder Band

Brenton Brown

Jeff Deyo

Hillsong

Martyn Layzell

Jason Morant

Brian Doerksen

Reuben Morgen

David Heath

- bass guitarist

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Music

Music is a big part of the life of our church as we gather to worship God.  More than a dozen of our folk are involved as singers and musicians in leading our praise.

At the 11:00 am Sunday service the line up is usually keyboard, acoustic guitar, lead vocals and drums.  The songs are a mixture of contemporary and traditional and we usually include a children’s song.


The 6:30 pm Sunday service has a greater focus on worship. We aim for a contemporary, Spirit-led time of worship that will suit our present culture and those with a contemporary mindset.  The service is lead by a member of the band which can comprise acoustic guitar/vocals, vocals, keyboard, bass guitar and drums.


The monthly 9:45 am communion service includes traditional hymns and gentle worship songs accompanied on the keyboard.  It is a quiet, reflective service led by one of our Elders and features a short, devotional talk before we take the bread and wine together.


“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord ...”

Psalm 95:1