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Amazed by His Spirit’s Leading

I have a God story to tell today. :)

If you are familiar with the song Dance With Me, you know that the song comes from Song of Solomon and refers to God as “the Lover of our souls.”

Before we sang it this morning, our contemporary service worship leader had something to read to our congregation. As he began reading, I started to think that it was sounding awfully familiar and emotion began to flood my heart. I had written it! It was posted on my blog!

It turns out that our worship leader had no idea that it was my writing as inspired by the Lord. Later on, I shared with him and another friend in the car about how it blessed me that God used something I had written. It was then that he remarked that he didn’t know I’d written it, and  had “stumbled” upon it via a search engine.

I was blessed, humbled and loved on by God as part of this post was read to our congregation, and that God would use it in my very church, without myself or the other worship leader knowing it beforehand. What unity that is–totally a God-thing, uniting with our hearts! How amazing our God is!

I am greatly blessed that something God’s teaching me could be used by Him for others. It was just… that God would use something like that, the mere outpouring of one’s heart. I am humbled. And I am praying that God will bring us closer and closer to Him as a church, as His beloved children!

Early service:

  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel (Neale/Coffin, Plainsong adapt. by Helmore)
  • The Savior Is Waiting (Carmichael)
  • I Need Thee Every Hour (Hawks/Lowry)
  • Choir: All the Earth Will Worship (Bible/Fettke/Kingsmore)
  • Offertory: Holy Spirit, Rain Down (R. Fragar)

Contemporary service:

  • You Are Good (Houghton)
  • Rain Down (Martin Smith/Stuart Garrard)
  • Freedom (Bushard)
  • Dance With Me (Chris Dupree)
  • You Won’t Relent (Misty Edwards)

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God Believes in You

This post is apart of Sunday Setlists.

Some highlights from the message today:

  • Our God is a God of second chances! Just ask Jonah, and countless other Christians here today!
  • Hearing testimony through a song written and song by a woman visiting our church today who’s come out of addiction, and also a man who is a Katrina hurricane survivor.
  • God believes in us more than we believe in ourselves!
  • If you’re alive, it isn’t too late, no matter how far away from God you’ve gotten. He is a God of second chances!
  • God is in control of every single circumstance in our lives!

I think today God was doing some powerful things, though unseen to our eyes. God is working for sure.

Early service:

  • Lead Me to Calvary (Hussey/Kirkpatrick)
  • At the Cross (Hudson/Watts)
  • How Deep the Father’s Love for Us (Townend)
  • I’m Forever Grateful (Altrogge)
  • Choir: Calvary Is the Sea (Alexander/Clark/Wood, arranged by Sterling)
  • Ladies Ensemble: We Are the Body of Christ (Brown/Hampton)
  • Response: Cleanse Me (Orr/Maori melody arranged by Douglas)

Went speechless today especially after all of the songs reminding us of God’s love for us and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Almost couldn’t pray prior to the offering time. Wow, God, I can’t believe You even care about me. I’m so not worth it–none of us are–but dang, You love us so!!

Contemporary service:

  • Mansion (Springer)
  • Freedom (Bushard)
  • Everybody Praise the Lord (Brewster)
  • Send the Fire (Booth)
  • Show Your Power (Prosch)
  • ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus (Kirkpatrick/Stead)
  • What Only You Can Do (Edwards)

Tools For Worship Leaders/Songwriters

I’ve found or been recommended some useful tools for worship leaders as well as musicians and others lately. I thought I would share my findings in hopes that others will find these useful as well!

OpenSong: A free, multi-platform and open source alternative for displaying lyrics, presentations, etc. during worship services. Also useful for transposing chord charts, displaying Bible verses, etc. Read more about what OpenSong can do here.

Guitar Chord Finder: Quite useful for quick chord look-ups. This site has other useful resources, too.

Transposr: A great online tool useful for transposing both chord charts AND mp3s to different keys from the creators of PlanningCenterOnline.

What useful tools have you found? Share in the comments.

Content to Have a Part: Reflections

Things I’ve learned and things God has done this week have been absolutely amazing (and it’s not over yet!)

  • Tuesday’s praise team rehearsal wore me out in a good way. God’s presence was strong, and it was truly worship of Him. Afterward, a few of us went to eat and had some wonderful conversation as well.
  • Wednesday’s choir rehearsal was wonderfully fun and more focused, and afterward a small group of us stayed conversing about reaching out to our community, encouraging one another, worshiping some more and praying together. What happened when rehearsal ended was an answer to prayer in itself!
  • To top it off, we’ve got an extra worship team rehearsal tonight and I’m stoked that God is bringing us together yet another evening this week to exalt His name and sing His praises!

I had been feeling discouraged lately, on top of being “divinely” discontent. But on Tuesday afternoon God reminded me of some things, and the hope that this brought has made the more difficult things in my life right now easier to push through. One of the big things God spoke to me this week was:

Be okay with playing a part, then God will bring you to the part He wants you to play.
– Pat Sczebel, Leading Worship in a Small Church from WorshipGod08 Conference
(Listen here or see the list of all seminars here)

Remember Luke 16:10: He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much.

I was also inspired as he spoke about his desire to learn guitar and his determination in this. So I’ve now set a goal for myself instead of just randomly playing worship songs. I picked out 5-6 songs, and my goal is to learn these well so that I could lead worship from the guitar on these songs. There are other songs I can already play, but I need to branch out, and I’ve gotten a list down with things that will help me play just about anything after I learn them well enough. (I’ve already been playing for three months, and have been surprised that what I once gave up in my childhood is so much easier now!) I’m hoping that maybe in a small group or something, God will allow me the opportunity to try “real-time” leading some songs. It’s one thing to play by yourself, but it’s often another when it’s with others listening or joining in.

I want to keep my mindset on being faithful in what God already has me doing, in leading one of our services at church, in taking part in the worship team of the other, and preparing for whatever the future may hold… without constantly concerning myself with what the future may hold–trusting, trusting, trusting HIM! Most of all, my desire is to be faithful in whatever roles I am currently called to serve, trusting that God will equip and prepare me as He sees fit, and knowing that He holds everything in His hands!