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Do This

“Do this in remembrance of Me.” A famous statement from the most famous person. Really a command…something we are to do, to participate in…the Lord’s Supper.

A lot of questions can arise concerning this command:

juice or wine?

silence or sing through the event?

every week, every month or occasionally?

in a small group or only in a church?

broken pieces of a loaf or manufactured crackers?

There are traditions that support each side of those questions but are they not missing the question, the point of the command…”do this.” Continue Reading…

Come Now Is The Time

The following is a guest post from one of the members of my church, Melina. In a recent conversation with her she clued me in on what happens around her house on Sunday morning…she dances, she sings, she worships. It is all how she prepares for the worship at her church.

Here on this site I have posted a number of articles in a series titled “Preparing for Worship.” The idea behind the series is to give my readers and especially those at my church reminders about their responsibility to prepare for corporate worship before they arrive.

Melina gets it…she understands corporate worship is group celebration of the attributes and actions of our Almighty God. She also understands true worship comes out of a heart that is already in-tune with God because of an on-going conversation with Him.

Read below to see how Melina prepares, maybe get some ideas to change your Sunday morning routine. Also I would love for you to leave comments below on how your prepare for Sunday or weekend worship at your church. Continue Reading…

Worship: It’s Not Dependent on Music

Earlier this week I sent out the following tweet.

“Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that worship is dependent on musical interludes” @bkauflin #worshipmatters

The quote comes from the book Worship Matters written by Bob Kauflin (@bkuflin).

A few days latter @brenmclean responded to the tweet with these simple words.

Profound. Worship is possible with zero music #Matteroftheheart

Have we fallen into the trap that we can only worship when the church gathers?

Have we become conditioned to only worship when the music starts?

If the answer is yes to either of these it is the wrong answer. Continue Reading…

Preparing for Worship: be prepared

One of my roles as associate pastor is “worship leader.” With that role comes the responsibility to make sure all the worship teams are ready to encourage the congregation to engage in the conversation of worship. When the teams are prepared they can more effectively carry out this ministry.

We work hard at preparing the teams, but what is my role in preparing the congregation?

Encourage them to worship, give a good balance between new, familiar, easy to learn and more difficult music. Also, when possible give them resources to become familiar with new songs before arriving for weekend worship.

This weekend we will introduce a new song “Come Praise and Glorify.” So, ClearView, to make sure you have a chance to be prepared for this new song I have posted a video below.

And ClearView here are some other ways you can prepare:

pray for the leaders

arrive early

read through these scriptures that will be used in worship:

*This song is from the album The Gathering from Sovereign Grace Music. It is one of my new favorites as it is filled with Christ-centered worship songs with singable melodies.

Worship Leaders Must & Congregations Should

It’s Thursday afternoon the end of my work week. As this week ends I am thinking of how the next one will begin…a gathering of people for the exclusive purpose of giving praise and glory to Almighty God.

For weeks our teams have been preparing an outline and elements for a worship service that is Christ-centered. In the last hours I have looked over that list again listened to the songs one more time and read over the scriptures. I want to be as prepared as I can to lead and the best way to do that is to be prepared to worship.

Worship leaders have an advantage over the others at the gathering, they know what is going to happen and are familiar with it all.

How do worship leaders make sure they don’t  leave the congregation behind?

What is responsibility of the congregation?

Worship leaders must Continue Reading…

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