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There Is More to Worship

There is greater meaning to living a life of worship than singing or meeting once in a while at a gathering. There is so much more to worship. We are called to exalt Jesus not simply through a word spoken or a song sung, but by the giving of our lives.

We are called to be devoted to the Lord as living sacrifices, pure and holy. This is a part of true worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all…] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable…service and spiritual worship.”
(Romans 12:1 AMPC, emphasis added)

Making a decisive dedication is a lifetime choice of our free will. It is the devotion of all that we are and all that we have to the Lord. Thankfully, He first pours out His love upon us so that we long to do this because of love for Him. Every bridge is burned, every idol cast down. It is never looking back as we surrender our hearts and lives to our Bridegroom King.

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So Much More: Wisdom for Worship Leaders

What does it mean to be a worship leader? We know it is not simply to sing songs or play music: There is so much more.

A worship leader sets themselves apart to minister to the heart of God and lead others to do the same when we gather as a Body. We serve others by pointing them to the One who gave His life for us and is worthy of our everything.

1. Pursue God above all else

The most important aspect of your life is your relationship with Jesus. The “more” that we long for in every aspect of life is found only in Him (John 17:3), for He only fulfills every longing of our hearts.

Ask yourself:

  • Do you set aside a regular alone time with God, cultivating a closer relationship with Him?
  • Do you feel connected to Him and have an increasing hunger to be with Him?
  • Do you give Him first place in your life and seek to live surrendered to Him?

For those whose answer is no or not really:  Begin by setting aside a regular time to talk with God daily and endeavor to keep the appointment with Him. Pray Scripture-based prayers and from your heart, then journal what you sense the Lord revealing to you. You will never regret building a personal history with God.

Some helpful posts on growing your relationship with God:

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Experiencing God’s Presence: Four Keys

Whether you are in a season of the fireworks of God’s love or a time when you seem unable to feel His presence, here are some keys to experiencing His presence both tangibly and supernaturally!

Key #1: Heart Posture

Our ability to engage with God in relationship is most influenced by the posture of our hearts before Him. Are we willing to set aside time to tend the garden of our life with God?

Often we are preoccupied with action and progress as we gauge our growth with God, but this is not the most important. The inner life hidden behind our faces—our hearts, minds, and wills—is where God desires we first pursue Him and is the source of every word we speak and every action we take. Continue reading

Our Role as Worship Leaders

What’s our role as the worship leader?

Matt Craig writes:

“[The worship leader’s] job is to bring order (when needed) and provide the best possible opportunity and environment for us to worship.”

In a previous paragraph, he reminds us that we as worship leaders:

  • Cannot lift the hearts of those taking part in the worship to God
  • Cannot refresh their souls
  • Cannot satisfy their thirst for God

Only each individual can do that with the Holy Spirit’s enabling.

As worship leaders, we must focus on what God calls us to do, but nothing more. No sense in carrying burdens we weren’t intended to carry. There is freedom in knowing and living that, praise God!

You can download the rest of Matt‘s document containing these quotes here. He also has other resources available on this page.

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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.