A Team After God’s Own Heart

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What an honour it would be as a young sportsman to be compared to an established superstar or legend of the game.  To be called “the next Kobe”, or to have someone say “he plays like Lionel Messi” would be an amazing endorsement of your skills.

Who did you want to be like, growing up?

You probably know the reference in Acts 13.22 that talks about David being a man after God’s own heart:  “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart”  (Acts 13:22)

I wonder what would it be like if we were A TEAM AFTER GOD’S OWN HEART?

I love that David was both a leader with skill and character as Psalm 78:72 describes: “David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them”.  I believe, as a team given the responsibility to lead people into the presence of God, we need to lead in this same way.

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Role Playing

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Ever felt like you’re just “going through the motions”? We can easily learn how to play our part; how to act, speak, dress and do all that is “expected” of us.

If you’ve been involved in church for a while, it’s so easy to just get into the rhythm of serving week-in, week-out and lose sight of whom we are serving, and why.  This is true whether you’re in the creative team, or the kids ministry, or making coffees for people (if you’re in one of them funky churches with a cafe!). Continue reading “Role Playing”

Living Sacrifices – Part 2

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I love a good campfire…there’s nothing better than cooking some spuds and marshmallows on an open fire in the ‘great outdoors’! I’d love to say that I’ve always been ‘fired up’ for God, but the reality is that the fire gets dampened from time to time.

This is a follow on from my previous post, Living Sacrifices Part 1 , where I mentioned that as those facilitating worship in church,  the raised platform we stand on is not so much a stage, as an altar, with living sacrifices on it.  At times, those living sacrifices aren’t so easy to ‘fire up’!

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Living Sacrifices – Part 1

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I grew up in a relatively conservative church with an organ off to the side and a communion table front and centre, underneath a large cross.  At some point in the mid-80s our evening services started to incorporate a few more musicians as well as the organist!  The band was always off to the side, so as to not be a distraction from the true focus of worship.  These days, many churches have the band up on a stage, front and centre, so they can visibly “lead” the people with enthusiasm, energy and passion.   Continue reading “Living Sacrifices – Part 1”

The Worship Quadrant

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As a “worship leader” (being one who takes a lead role in facilitating the people’s worship), one of our key tasks is choosing the set of songs for a service.  What’s the best way to choose which songs we do? Do we just choose the most popular songs at the time?  How should we approach our song choices?  There are numerous aspects to take into consideration, and I won’t address all of them here, but I want to explore one aspect of choosing, and indeed writing songs, that often gets overlooked. Continue reading “The Worship Quadrant”

Make the Highway Straight

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Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting,
“Clear the way through the wilderness  for the Lord!
Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!

Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills.
Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.
Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together.

The Lord
 has spoken!” – Isaiah 40:3-5

For those who are involved in facilitating worship in church, we need to understand that the platform is not there for us to get an ‘opportunity’ or to be some kind of rock star, but to create an atmosphere where people can focus on God and meet with Him.   Continue reading “Make the Highway Straight”