Adam Kurihara

AdamKuriharaDirector of Music and Worship
adam@tccwayland.org

My story:

I grew up in sunny California where I loved all things music and played in a blues band in high school. I enjoyed playing drums, guitar, and piano on Sundays at my home church. I attended youth group and discovered the irresistible call God had on my life when I was a teenager. I was a shy kid, but as a musician was forced to come out of my comfort zone to play and ultimately lead worship. In college I studied music and grew in my love of the Bible through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I also discovered a profound richness in choral music and liturgical worship traditions and attended several different churches (Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Lutheran) throughout my time in college. In 2010 I moved to Boston to study sacred music at BU’s School of Theology, where I graduated in 2012. I love thinking and writing about liturgy and sacred music on my personal site adamkurihara.com.

My journey to TCC:

I came to TCC in 2011 and have fallen in love with the community. There is a richness and vibrancy in the diversity of ages, church backgrounds, and expressions of worship that is rare to find. I feel so fortunate to work at a church with an awesome choir, worship team, children’s choir, and so many enthusiastic musicians who love sharing their gifts for the glory of God and the good of the church. I hope that as we continue on the journey as disciples of Jesus, we would nurture even deeper Christ-like community and share many meals together!

A meaningful verse to me:

Psalm 139. God knows me intimately, my actions, my path, and even my inner-most thoughts and feelings. When struggling with anxiety and panic attacks, feeling of being in complete darkness, I found great comfort knowing that, “even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” When I feel inadequate or unfit to serve in Christ’s church, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”