Worship Victoria was formed out of community, with worship leaders from different churches across our city spending time together. Over hash browns and morning coffee we would chat about our roles, challenges, lives as leaders, and our interests, passions, and discoveries as worshippers and musicians. On one of those mornings the idea of a city compilation album was brought to the table. Our churches were already singing original songs, and the prospect of compiling music from worship leaders and writers around Victoria was instantly exciting.
Thus began the long journey of creating a worship album that represented the churches and worship communities of Victoria. From early on in the process it was apparent that a theme was developing—a collection of songs was being formed that, whether through sacred liturgy or charismatic celebration, spoke of our need to see God move in our land. “Kingdom Come” would eventually become the title of the album. It was decided that proceeds from the project would go towards Sanctuary Youth Centre, since the songs from the album echoed the heart of Sanctuary’s ministry: to see the lost found, the hurting healed and the broken restored in Christ.
The Kingdom Come album was a huge success, selling out immediately and raising thousands of dollars for Sanctuary Youth Centre. The album also was nominated for and won a Canadian Gospel Music Covenant Award.
Since the release of “Kingdom Come”, Worship Victoria has seen its area of influence grow. As the leaders of Worship Victoria continued to meet, it became apparent that two missions had developed for the team:
1. To see God lifted up in worship in our region
2. To see local worship teams and churches equipped for worship leading
In May 2013, Worship Victoria hosted the first ever Worship Victoria Weekend. This weekend included workshops and a citywide worship night. Other events grew out of that Worship Weekend and the Worship Victoria team also continued to morph and grow. Some of the founding members transitioned to other cities and ministries but more people were added and the team grew and became stronger than ever. Now the Worship Victoria crew consists of musicians, worship leaders, songwriters, pastors, audio and video techs, social media teams and many other volunteers that are all working together to see the local church equipped, and to see God exalted in our region!
His kingdom come and His will be done on Earth, in our time, and in our city.
This is the prayer of Worship Victoria.