Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.
As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂
Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.
I grew up in a tradition where we sang the Doxology nearly every Sunday. As a child and young adult, it was just formality and ritual. It had no meaning to me.
Then one of my favorite contemporary Christian musical groups did a version of it on an album, and it took all new meaning. I actually listened to the words. WOW. Who knew there was such praise and adoration. Just the first line alone stopped me in my tracks…
I hope that this is a great encouragement that sometimes intimate or impromptu acts of worship can be very meaningful. It should also be an encouragement to people in smaller churches that you don’t need a full band to be able to help people worship.
This blog post is a couple years old, but given recent media events, I think you’ll enjoy this story by Clay Owens about how a pop music awards show saved a children’s choir (thanks to Kristel Peters for the link):
I lead music in church. From birth to funeral, I’m responsible for music that touches every stage of life.
No small task.
Probably children’s music is the hardest. Or maybe teenagers. I go back and forth between the two. But right now it’s children, because I am trying to get the Fall semester of Sunday night children’s music started…and I’ll tell you a secret.
I was ready to just drop children’s music…until the VMA’s last night.
This inspiring video goes to show that people with disabilities are people too and that there are things that they can bring something to contribute to the life of your Church community.
How would Jesus respond?
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