Worship

Christian worship gives all glory and honor, praise and thanksgiving to the holy, triune God.
We gather in worship to glorify the God who is present and active mong us – particularly through the gifts of Word and Sacrament.
We are sent out in service to glorify the same God who is present and active in the world. 

– BOOK OF ORDER, PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (U.S.A.)

Worship

To Get Involved, Contact Ileen Cheek or Elizabeth Seastrunk

The Worship team exists to help lift God’s people in joyful worship as they come to praise God and celebrate his work in their lives, seeking to be equipped to serve him faithfully in the world. Through Word and Sacrament, music, art, drama, offering our gifts, and special services, this Ministry Team fosters the feeling of: “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’” (Psalm 122:1) Responsibilities include:

  • Music and Arts Ministry
  • Worship Planning
  • Liturgists
  • Hospitality
  • Decorations
  • Weddings & Funerals

Staff: The Head of Staff is the primary resource to the Worship Team

Worship at Second Presbyterian Church

Christian worship joyfully ascribes all praise and honor, glory and power to the triune God. In worship the people of God acknowledge God present in the world and in their lives. As they respond to God’s claim and redemptive action in Jesus Christ, believers are transformed and renewed. In worship the faithful offer themselves to God and are equipped for God’s service in the world. – Book of Order, W-1.1001

Worship at Second Presbyterian Church exists to bring glory and praise to God, giving people the opportunity to experience God’s presence and allowing them to respond to what God is doing in their lives and in the world.

Our vision for the worship life of Second Presbyterian Church is to:

Engage those who desire to deepen their relationship with God with the love and grace of God, experienced through creative and interactive worship;

Enjoy the benefit of gathering together as God’s people in community to celebrate what God has done, is doing, and will do in our lives;

Encourage people to grow and mature as disciples of Jesus through challenging, relevant, and applicable teaching of Scripture;

Equip followers of Christ to serve others and to share the love, grace, and transforming message of Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit.

To accomplish this vision, we believe that worship should be a joyful celebration of the people of God, bringing glory and praise to the Lord through:

  • the use of a variety of musical styles, from classical to modern;
  • the utilization of a wide assortment of musical instruments, played by musicians of varying levels and skills as an offering to God;
  • the incorporation of various artistic expressions in worship, from drama to dance, that reflect the different ways people engage with God’s Word and are awakened to God’s presence;
  • the participation and inclusion of all God’s people, especially in the music ministry of the congregation, without regard to ability;
  • the regular incorporation of children in a manner that affirms their value in the community of faith and in the Body of Christ;
  • the understanding that true worship happens when all of God’s people have the chance to engage and encounter God’s presence through worship that is accessible, meaningful, and expands our consciousness of the reality and grace of God.

Join Us as We Gather

In Person & Virtually

Sunday Service Times

9:45AM | Sunday School
11:00AM | Worship (In-person and Virtual)

Our Location

2829 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

Monday-Thursday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m

Staff
  • Senior Pastor: The Senior Pastor will have primary responsibility for this Ministry Unit and overseeing its day-to-day operations. He/she will serve as its primary resource and will be directly involved in a great deal of its work and ministry.
  • Associate Pastor (when present): The Associate Pastor will play a secondary role in this Ministry Unit, offering input mainly into the theology and design of worship services. The Senior Pastor and Associate Pastor will work collegially in this matter.
  • Director of Music and Arts: The Director of Music and Arts oversees all music and arts of the church. Working in coordination with the pastoral staff, the Music & Arts Ministry Team, and the Worship Planning Team, the Director of Music and Arts designs the music program to enhance the worship of the congregation. The Director of Music and Arts also oversees any other music programs (including special presentations) that the church may undertake. Additionally, the Director of Music and Arts directs and oversees any instrumentalists hired to serve Second Presbyterian Church, as well as any scholarship singers utilized in the choir.
  • Organist: When there is an organist in addition to the Director of Music & Arts, the Organist serves as a resource to the Worship Planning Ministry Team.
  • A/V Technical Coordinator: The A/V Technical Coordinator oversees A/V needs for the sanctuary and, if necessary, events in the Fellowship Hall. The A/V/ Technical Coordinator coordinates and resources the Worship Streaming Ministry and trains/schedules all A/V Technicians for the worship services.
  • A/V Technicians: These are volunteers who run the audio and video equipment during worship.