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What Would Jesus Say about worship?

I can tell you what He did say …
“… a time is coming – and now is here – when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers.
God is spirit, and the people who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

A brilliant and fresh revelation on the heart of God.
It doesn’t matter WHO or WHERE you are.
If you worship Him NOW … ENGAGED in spirit and truth … The Father is seeking you … WOW.

The PAST doesn’t matter … Worship Him NOW
The future doesn’t matter … Worship Him NOW

It doesn’t matter what you’ve done (good or bad) in the PAST … Worship him NOW
It’s irrelevant what you’re gonna do … Worship Him NOW

Faith is NOW
God is NOW
Worship Him NOW

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Posted by on March 6, 2014 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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WORSHIP ‘TEAM’

Why Leading Worship Includes the Whole Band

by Stephen Miller

There are few things more confusing to me than watching a worship team standing on the platform, and seeing the face of a worship leader who has all of his being in engaged in worship of God.

But then as I survey the rest of the team, I see a bass player with a too-cool-for-school scowl on his face or a guitar player with a sheepishly bewildered or bored look on his face. Or a keys player whose face is completely expressionless, glued to a sheet of music.

They are all worshiping the same God, right?

As believers, we are all leaders of worship.

Whether standing on the platform or in the congregation, we are all collectively encouraging one another to enter into the kind of full heart, mind, soul and strength demonstration of adoration that our God desires.

This is magnified from the platform. As the privilege of influence increases, so does the responsibility of leadership. That is not confined to vocalists.

The “worship leader” is not the only one leading worship. Bass players … keys players … drummers … guitarists … you’re leading worship too.

Because of the various religious and cultural backgrounds the people in our churches are coming from, the need for unapologetic demonstration of “all in” worship from the platform becomes increasingly important.

Many people are longing to express this type of worship, but are simply looking for permission. Others have been burned by disorderly displays of emotional hype and need to see this done in a genuine, authentic and helpful way. Still others have never had a point of reference for this and need to see it for themselves and be coached along.

No matter where our people are on the spectrum, it is imperative that everyone on the platform is putting forth every effort to serve and lead them.

Here are three simple ways to do this more effectively.

1. Sing Loudly.
No believer with a voice is exempt from the scriptural call to sing the praises of God loudly.

So even if you’re playing bass or keys or any other instrument — sing along! Not only will this enhance your own experience of worshiping God as you meditate on the truth of the lyrics you are singing, but you will also visibly demonstrate to the congregation the value of singing out loud the praises of God.

You don’t have to have a mic or even a good voice, but as you play your instrument, belt it out with all you’ve got!

2. Smile Big.
Your countenance says a ton about how you feel about God.

For example, if you look bored, you are communicating that God is boring. It makes no sense to sing about how great and awesome God is with a smoldering scowl on your face.

On the other hand, if you are delighting in God, people will see it in your countenance and know that God is a God to be delighted in. I’m not saying fake a cheesy grin, but I am saying, let your enjoyment of God show.

Obviously you should use wisdom … For example, if you’re singing a lament of repentance, a smile might not be fitting, but let your countenance reflect what you are singing.

3. Show Adoration.
True adoration is not limited to our songs and our faces. The idea of loving God with all your strength is using your entire body to express adoration to God.

So while you are likely to have your hands occupied for the majority of the songs, try to find moments to raise your hands and worship in other full-body-type ways. You are an example for the church of what is appropriate expression of praise, adoration and thanksgiving to God.

So don’t just stand there petrified like a statue — move around.

Musicians, we are on the platform to worship and lead worship, not just to play music. So let’s do everything we can to do this well for the glory of Christ.

Questions for reflection:

As a church musician, do you see yourself as a leader of worship? Why or why not?

As a musician seeking to lead your congregation in worship, are there things you would add to this list?

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Posted by on May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Worship IS …

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Worship IS …

… returning that which you borrowed :)

 
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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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WORSHIP IS…

# mowing the neighbours verge
(going the extra mile)

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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Worship is …

… Letting someone paint your face in the name of ‘quality time’.

… Phoning your spouse throughout the day, just to say “hi” and see how they are going.

… Putting your dirty socks in the wash.

… Phoning someone when you think of them.

… Putting someone else’s dirty socks in the wash.

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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FAST or SLOW songs

IN YOUR PRESENCE (listen)

Often PRAISE and WORSHIP songs are categorised by their TEMPO …

… FAST songs are PRAISE songs,

… SLOWER songs are WORSHIP songs.

It’s more about WHAT we are singing, rather than how FAST we are singing


Psalm 47:7b says “Sing praises with understanding

Praise is understanding who God is and speaking of His wonderful attributes.

Gods character and magnitude is unsearchable, there is not enough we can say to encapsulate all He is.

We can not speak highly enough of who He is and all He does. Doing so is our PRAISE.

Gods own Word often expresses best, who God is and what He has done, is doing and will do for us.

Speak the Word of God and praise His holy name!

WORSHIP is about our devotion to and love for God. It is expressing our gratitude and surrender to Him.

Worship is a personal connection and communication. Our worship can be expressed through songs of any tempo. The speed, tone and volume of a song is not the key ingredient … but a heart-felt adoration that converts to everyday living for Him


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Posted by on July 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Pastoral / Prophetic Worship

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RISE (listen)

There are 2 aspects of leading worship that are good

to operate in, in a healthy balance

-pastoral & prophetic worship.

PASTORAL:

Looking to include the congregation / Accessible ‘forms’ of worship / An awareness of ‘where the people are at’.

(condition of the flock – David) PSALM 78:65-72
A GOOD SHEPHERD OF PEOPLE / GUIDING THEM WISELY & WELL (NIV = “INTEGRITY OF HEART; WITH SKILLFUL HANDS HE LED THEM)

Pastoring / SHEPHERDING the people you serve in some way. Pastoral care & service.

PROPHETIC:

Exploring musical territory / Singing new songs / Declaration & Proclamation / Prophecy in song, word, scripture.

The balance:

To just be prophetic = No point singing spontaneous & prophetic songs for 45 minutes with no-one joining in

To just be pastoral = everyone together, but not going deep into the operation of the gifts of the Spirit, High praise & worship

(either ‘way’ = not man pleasing – remember, seek what God wants)

Pastoral & prophetic = Leading a congregation together on a journey, into a deeper appreciation of & response to who God is.


 
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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in Worship LEADERSHIP

 

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Worship is …

Worship is …

… Putting toothpaste on your wife’s toothbrush

… Letting people into traffic

… Offering the last Tim Tam to others

… Giving God first place – with your time, finances & passion

… Trusting God with the details of your life

(from the major to the the seemingly ‘minor’)

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Posted by on June 24, 2011 in LIFE, LIFESTYLE

 

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WHAT’s Going ON?

SUNDAY 20th March = WORSHIP:

@ CHURCH 9:30am - ESPERANCE CHRISTIAN FAMILY MINISTRIES.

- Wood St. Esperance.

SUNDAY 3rd April = PREACHING: (T.B.A)

@ CHURCH 10:00am – GRACE CHAPEL, TEEN CHALLENGE.

- Gibson Rd. East, Gibson Esp.

SATURDAY 9th April = WORSHIP:

@  YOUTH CHURCH 6:30pm. – GUM TREE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

- Rowse St. Nulsen, Esperance.

SUNDAY 10th April = PREACHING: (WORSHIP LIFESTYLE)

@ CHURCH 9:30am - GUM TREE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP.

- Rowse St. Nulsen, Esperance.

SUNDAY 17th APRIL = PREACHING: (T.B.A)

@ CHURCH 9:30am – ESPERANCE CHRISTIAN FAMILY MINISTRIES.

- Wood St. Esperance

SATURDAY 23rd April =PREACHING:  (YOUTH & WORSHIP WORKSHOPs)

@ YOUTH CAMP OASIS CHURCH 1:00pm & 2:00pm.

- 24/7 Youth Shed – Wood St. Esperance.


SUNDAY 24th April = PREACHING: (RESURRECTION LIFE)

@ CHURCH 9:30am – ESPERANCE CHRISTIAN FAMILY MINISTRIES.

- Wood St. Esperance.


Would love to see you there :)

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2011 in STUFF

 

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worship is…

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TEA FOR TWO (listen)

mopping the floors … right to the edges

… doing the dishes … without being asked

cooking a meal … for someone else

singing to God … when no one else is listening

mowing your neighbours lawn after doing yours

choosing the small piece of chocolate

giving someone a lift to church

scrubbing the shower

… being diligent with time

… doing everything for God

What’s on your list???

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in FUN, STUFF

 

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