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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.

Share your thoughts here.

Praying Dangerously

I’ve been praying some dangerous prayers lately.

By sharing these I’m not trying to be super-spiritual or anything. It hurts to pray these prayers! It scares me to pray them! I just want to sleep off the time it takes in the process of getting where God wants me. Some of what I’m finding is just how impatient I am when I pray such things! I so want to just be there–but I fail constantly, and not a one of us will “arrive” until Christ returns and changes us in the blink of an eye!  As the Word says, my spirit is willing, but my flesh is oh so weak!

What I’m praying lately:

Purify me. In all things. Mind, heart, soul. Motives, will, EVERYTHING. Erase all the desires in me that are not of You. Give me the discernment to know the difference. (Psalm 37:3-5) My heart’s cry: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” and “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3, Matthew 5:8)

I want to love You more and more, God. I want to live for You without selfishness or pride. A servant’s heart, and seeing others as You see them.

I want to want You alone. Not merely the blessings You give, though they are so wonderful. Not merely the feelings that accompany being in Your presence and loving You. But You alone. I want to enjoy the things that come with a relationship with You, but I want to want You above all those things.

I want to want Your will for my life. For the call You have placed on my life. For the man You have chosen for me to marry. For whatever I’m supposed to do in living for You, both the big and small, in all aspects of life.

In all these things, patience. Help me to enjoy the process of You working in me, and the process of growing into a deeper relationship with You.

What are you praying? Do you need prayer? Share your own requests by commenting or contacting me here. I’d love to pray for you!

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
(Romans 12:1)

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!