Posture Matters

Your posture, at any given time, speaks volumes about your attitude and your heart. That’s why I love this article by Stephen Miller at Doxology:

When a young man meets a young woman that he wants to impress, he stands up straight, shoulders back, gut sucked in… When he wants to propose, he gets down on one knee. When he has messed up royally and needs to apologize, it’s two knees. If someone points a gun at you, your hands rise in surrender. If your children want you to hold them or lavish affection on them, they raise their arms. At sporting events, when your team scores, you jump in the air, pump your fists, and shout as loudly as you can…

What does your posture reveal about your heart as you worship? Beyond that, what does your posture reveal as you lead worship?

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War And Peace

Kristen Gilles, over at My Song In The Night (a blog you should be following), writes about the importance of maintaining right relationships in our worship teams:

The members of a worship team often have many different preferences and musical palates. Sometimes we worship leaders impose our preferences upon other team members and congregations. Or, we may be put out because our lead pastor has imposed his preferences upon us and we feel hampered in our ability to lead with the songs and musical styles we prefer.

Good stuff here. We’ve all been through the battles and arguments. It’s always helpful to have a reminder that “If we struggle to keep peace with our brothers and sisters (regardless of the nature of our servant leadership role), we need to remember how God has loved us first…”

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Understanding Your Place

From All About Worship, one of my favorite resources, comes this article on understanding your place as a worship leader. Author Mathew Reames uses a lot of scripture as his foundation, with a special emphasis on 2 Chronicles:

If we want to release the presence and the spirit of God, we need to live a life that is cultivating His presence in our hearts. If our hearts are full of sin and the wine of the world, how can we expect righteousness and the new wine of God’s spirit to come out of our mouths in worship? As we cultivate a lifestyle of Holiness, and pursuit of God, these things will pour out of us in worship.

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Vocal Health Tips For The Winter

Just in time for the colder months (depending on where you live, of course), Musicademy offers some tips on caring for your vocals during the winter:

With the cold weather upon us, the voice can take a real bashing so it’s important to look at how we can best look after it in the winter months.

Most worship leaders I know are guitarists and obsessively take care of their guitars (me included). But don’t neglect the musical instrument you were born with.

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Weekend Links

For all you worship leaders, musicians, pastors, and ministry leaders serving the church tomorrow, please know I’m praying for you!

Scott McLellan asks you to consider “sunsetting” some of your ministries or efforts this coming year:

I think now, even in the midst of your Christmas preparations, is a good time to think about sunsetting in your church, ministry, or organization. 2012 is coming to an end, and there could be some aspects of your operations that simply do not need to carry over into 2013.

Worship Tips, via their Twitter feed, reminds us that:

Our goal should be that people say: “God is good” NOT “worship was good” or, “the worship leader was good”.

Chris Vacher offers some tips on how to avoid Worship Band Breakups:

Ever been a participant in a band breakup? The only thing worse than the impact of a band breakup might be what happens in a worship band breakup.

Here you can read some Advent thoughts from Elizabeth Scalia.

Lastly, before you take the stage this Sunday, be sure to read these practical tips on microphone technique from the Worship Community.

Benedictions

How do you close your services? I like the idea of a benediction or closing song.

Let me encourage you to rethink the benediction, blessing, or last prayer during your worship service. Whether traditional, contemporary, or something in between, challenge your worship team or liturgist to offer the closing words with enthusiasm, to smile, and look at people’s faces. And begin to encourage everyone to listen to the postlude or sing their hearts out.

I’ll never forget the one time I closed our service (I don’t usually do it, but the pastor was on vacation) by saying something witty like, “Okay, I guess we’re done.” Not my finest hour. 🙂

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Worship Like You’re Not A Robot

Some insightful thoughts from Steve Brown (whose blog you should follow) on emotions in worship.

I am not talking about making a spectacle of oneself, being a hindrance or a distraction. I am talking about being real. I am talking about being yourself. I am talking about being a person and not a stone. I am talking about emotions motivated by truth.

I especially like his comments about different generations being taught to show or hide their emotions in different ways.
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