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Quotes from “Worship Matters” on Expression in Worship

God – honoring expressiveness in corporate worship begins with clearly seeing the One we worship.

Our highest priority [as worship leaders] when we gather with the church is not our own personal expressiveness but the privilege of serving others.

People in your church will learn the most from what is modeled by you and the other leaders.  Churches rarely rise above the level of their leaders in expressiveness and genuine engagement.

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Rules for Worship Rehearsal

Here’s  a list of rules for worship leaders and musicians…

1.  Come PREPARED!

This is rehearsal, not practice.  Practice at home on your own, and come knowing the  material inside and   out.

2.  Have fun. 

Your team is your family, so smile and laugh with them.

3.  Worship.

Giving God your best as a musician is good stewardship and an act of worship.  Also, allow God to move in you as you go through the set.

4.  Be excellent.

Excellent rehearsal makes for an excellent worship gathering.  So stay focused and give 100%.

5.  Ask questions.

If a part is difficult for you, or you need some help/direction, ASK! Your team will appreciate it.

6.  Be professional.

Have your gear ready to go with any kinks worked out.  Don’t play unless the band is running a song, you have been asked to play, or unless you ask for a minute to work a part by yourself.  Nothing screams “I’m not prepared” or “I’m an amateur” like wailing away on your instrument during down times.

7.  When you are done setting up / tearing down your gear, help a teammate.

Here’s my current list… what would you add?

the best of men…

Beginning empty-handed and alone frightens the best of men.  It also speaks volumes of just how confident they are that God is with them.

[ A Tale of Three Kings ]

When I read the quote above, I immediately thought of Vintage Church.  I am so proud and honored to be involved in a church/movement that started, and is somewhat still “beginning empty-handed and alone”.  People often ask me if Vintage is being funded by another organization, and if people from other churches came to start Vintage.  The answer is no, Vintage began empty-handed and alone, but God is with us.

I am very thankful for the courage of our pastor and leader who is confident that God is with us.  He is a leader worth following, and this church/movement is worth jumping head first into.

 

 

…you make beautiful things…

Whatever role you may find yourself in – pastor, worship leader, songwriter, software developer, barista – I pray that you will see it as an act of creative work.  The compulsion I feel, and you feel, to make somehting new is crying out form the core of our humanity.  It is calling you to give yourself for the benefit of others.

And that is why it is hard, and why sometimes you feel blockd.  The part of you that is broken, the part of you that only wats to be concerned about the protection of self, is trying to hold back who God created you to be.  You bear the image of the Creator.

// May you be a re-creator, a co-creator, a dreamer, a maker, an imaginer, an artist, an entrepreneur, an agent of hope towrad a renewed hevean and earth, and a giver of love to this broken creation. //

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This is an excerpt from an article I read by John Chandler.