“During COVID, I was standing in the middle of the sanctuary, and we had moved everything, because we were filming our Sunday morning services. I realized how cool it would be to worship in that kind of space,” Provart said. “It had this old school, around my grandmother’s type of piano vibe, and that was the inspiration for the Community Worship Circle.”
Attendees can expect an evening of worship highlighted by contemporary Christian and gospel music with songs like Kari Jobe’s “Revelation Song”; Brandon Lake’s “Heart of Worship”; “So I Will (100 Billion X)” by Hillsong Worship and “King of My Heart” by Steffany Gretzinger and Jeremy Riddle, to name a few. There are several other selections featuring arrangements by Provart, including “Amen” and “My Jesus in D reh”. Worship will last approximately one hour without a sermon.
The intimate setting of worship, a diverse group of ministry leaders and congregants, and a thoughtful selection of songs all helped move the community worship circle beyond the walls of the church.
In addition to Provart, other participating worship leaders include Rufus Wilson, Kelli Provart, Randy Newton, Andrew Donahue, Pastor Frederick McQueen, Edna Lafferty, Chris Blevins, Ronda Davis, Pastor Vanessa McQueen, Daniel Wilkin, Heidi Wilkin, Chishawna Powell and Megan Demoret. , among others.
Provart said he sees relationships forming and conversations taking place as a result of people spending time together in worship. One example is the friendship he has with Wilson, who was one of the first worship leaders God brought together to start the circle of communal worship.
“Our drummer, Rufus Wilson, has become a true partner to me both musically and in spiritual exploration…We will sit and talk for hours about ministry, the Holy Spirit and making choices that are in accord with the Father.” said Provart. “It’s really cool, because friendships start forming as a result of people coming together for worship.”
In addition to Provart and Wilson, OJ Smith and Lawrence Pearson were the original founding members who started the Community Worship Circle. Smith has since moved to Pittsburgh and Pearson now serves at a church in Indiana.
“The Community Worship Circle grew out of this group that God had put together, around this idea that he had planted in my heart,” Provart said.
He also credits his wife, Kelli, as a tremendous supporter of the effort. Other band members including Lafferty, Powell and The McQueen’s introduced the band to several powerful gospel songs.
“I could mention everyone, because everyone really makes a huge difference by bringing their own talents and spiritual gifts,” Provart said.
In addition to the Community Worship Circle, Hamilton Presbyterian Church is hosting an in-person contemporary service at the Court Street Worship Center on Sundays at 11 a.m. A traditional service is held at 23 S. Front St. on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Dr. John Lewis serves as pastor. Go to www.thepresby.org for details.
How to get there
What: Community Worship Circle
When: 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Court Street Worship Center, 23 S. Front St., in downtown Hamilton.
Cost: Free. Open to everyone.
More information: www.thepresby.org