The worship of New City Fellowship East Lake aims to be cross-cultural, joyful, and God-honoring; restoring our worldview as believers, reconciling different cultures to each other, and reminding us of our identity as a church in the East Lake neighborhood.
In practice, our worship seeks to be three things:
The East Lake neighborhood is one of Chattanooga’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods. We as a church have ministries that focus on crossing over the cultural divide between the white, latino and african american populations. Our worship reflects this commitment. (Isaiah 2:2-3, Revelation 21)
We use worship music from a variety of traditions, including but not limited to:
-Traditional African American gospel
-Contemporary Christian music
Our worship often moves people to clap, dance, sing loudly, and visibly express the thankfulness and joy wrapped up in corporately affirming and confessing our faith in God. (2 Samuel 6:14-15, Isaiah 55:12)
Our worship is an opportunity to not just sing to God, but to teach ourselves about him! Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the Word; the Word made flesh. In worship, we take the words of scripture and literally give them flesh, singing our theology aloud together. (John 1:14, John 15:26-27)
Our worship doesn't take place in a vacuum, just like our church doesn't exist in a vacuum. We are located in the East Lake neighborhood, and are seeking to "produce a community of servant leaders who give of themselves for God, each other, and the neighborhood community." Our worship should remind us of our church's mission, encouragte us in that work, and help identify and prepare the church's future leaders.
If you are interested in helping lead worship, contact Paul Smallman at email@example.com