In today’s society there is a controversy regarding the type of music used in the church. This controversy stems from the use of traditional verses contemporary music. This has stirred up quite a bit of debate. In this article I want to share with your some thoughts and ideas regarding contemporary church music.
Music has always been an important part of many cultures since the beginning of time. Music mirrors culture. It reveals important issues and themes. It conveys the implications of various world views. Music tells us a great deal about our culture. Song lyrics are often used as a means for reflection, praise, disapproval, questioning, revolution, and many other beliefs or emotions.
Church music is intended to be a part of our worship. It is an important part of the worship service. The content of the songs are primarily based on the Bible. Now when you combine this concept with modern music, which is music that belongs to the present day and age, we get contemporary church music.
Contemporary church music is a genre of popular music. It is identified by the lyrical content and music style. What this new music provides is up to date music style that appeal to the current population. It offers the listener modern lyrics with a traditional biblical message. In fact this genre of music is more defined by the lyrics rather than the style of music. Keep in mind there is a wide variety of musical genres. Rock, jazz, country, rap, Broadway, folk, and classical provide us with a variety of listening and performing options. However a common theme common to contemporary church music is praise and worship to God and/or Jesus.
All through the Bible there are many examples of the importance of music. The Bible reveals that David played music for King Saul. This music soothed Saul and at other time the same sounds enraged him. Either reaction was purely based on Saul’s attitude.
Now part of the controversy is this. In the church today there are some who prefer more traditional hymns over the newer more modern songs. Some congregations try to blend the new with the old. Keep in mind that the content of the lyrics in either case is based on biblical scripture and doctrine. In reality the differences between contemporary and traditional really comes down to the style. And by style I mean the way the music is played and the type of instruments used as well as the song structure and melody.
Regardless of the style here are three things to keep in mind when considering song selection for your church.
* The songs must proclaim God’s Word
* The songs need to be appropriate to the worship service
* The songs need to mirror the belief of the congregation
When selecting songs for the worship service the most important thing to consider is not the musical style but the appropriateness of the lyrics in conjunction with the sermon topic.
Now the hope here is to help you understand that there are different styles of music. In the church that can range from traditional to contemporary. But the bottom line is that no matter what style the music it is the content of the lyrics that should be your primary consideration. What contemporary church music provides is a package that will appeal to particular cross section of today’s society.
Prayer is a way to reach out to God and communicate that which is buried in the deepest crevices of your heart. Unfortunately many people think that there must be some special methods or tools or even specific words needed to get Gods attention. Numerous people have many questions about prayer and how to pray effectively.
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).
Acrostics help you to memorize ideas by taking the first letters of each word in a list and use them to create a new word. For our example in this article I will use the word CAST to help you remember four parts to a prayer. The words I will use to create the Acrostic are Confess, Adore, Supplication and Thanks. Take the first letter from each of or these four word and you get the word CAST. In the case of this example the best definition for CAST is to “put or send forth”. That is exactly what you want to do with your prayers. Now, here’s how you can CAST your prayers.
Confess your sin to God.
The first thing to consider is that you are a sinner. And what makes you sinner is your human nature. Confession is an admission of misdeeds or faults. You need to clear the air with God. Place all your cards on the table and understand your weaknesses. Don’t worry God is gracious and is willing to forgive you of your sin, especially when you have a repentant heart.
Adore God by worshiping Him.
To adore someone is to show appreciation, love, and respect toward them. God wants you to adore him. And with good reason you should adore God. He gave you the best gift of all – Eternal Life. To adore is to love intensely. In that love you also show your worship. An important part of prayer is to Adore God.
Supplication by making your requests know to God
An important part of prayer is supplication. Now supplication is really a big word that simply means’ to ask’. That’s right God wants you to ask for things that are important in your life. You may need help in a specific situation. You may need super natural strength to complete a task. You may need to ask for healing in your life or the life of a loved one.
Thank God for all of your blessings
Okay you have to admit that the life of a Christian is filled with blessings. And the right thing to do when you receive blessing is to thank the one providing the blessing. If you put your mind to it you can easily discover literally hundreds of things you can be thankful for in your life.
In conclusion, prayer is where you personally communicate with God. You do this by talking and listening to Him. He wants to hear what we have to say. God delights in when we pray. Therefore pray often and experience the greatness of God work in your life. Go ahead take some time now and CAST your prayers to God.
Let’s say that you have been given the task of selecting songs for the weekly worship service at your church. How do you go about selecting the right songs? In this article I want to share some basic insights into how to create a music list for a Christian worship service.
I will cover these five steps. Beginning with the first step where you will pray for guidance. Next you will want to consult with the bible study teacher. Then you will need to find the songs that work for the sermon. Once you have the songs you will need to organize them in a coherent orderly list. Finally, you will then consolidate the list and finalize the results.
Pray for guidance and direction.
When you are given the task of making song selections for a worship service, you should pray. This is always an advisable thing to do. You need to ask God for direction and guidance. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
Consult with church leadership.
You will want to talk to your pastor or bible study leader. By doing this you will understand what direction they are going. In your conversation you will want to find out what the general topic of the sermon will be. Let’s say that the general topic is “Hope in Jesus”. This will give you some guidance as to what kind of songs to select. In this case you will want to finds songs that deal with the topic of “Hope in Jesus”. In addition to getting the general topic, you will also want to know if there are any specific scripture that will be used in the sermon. By know what scriptures are being considered will help you in finding appropriate songs. Often times you will find scripture references in most song books. Sometimes you will find a scripture song matches the verse or verses selected by the bible study teacher. Also, the bible study leader may have some songs they would like to include. You need to be open to that possibility.
Research the songs.
Hopefully you have a decent music library. If not, you need to build one. There are literally thousands of song books and hymnals that you can use to find the right songs for the worship service. Another alternative that is popular is to use the Internet to find songs. Just use your favorite search engine and enter the subject, or verse with the main subject of the sermon. Now get a piece of paper and write down all the possible songs that will fit the direction of the sermon. It is a good idea to select more than you think you will need.
Organize and Select the best songs
Now that you know what the sermon topic is and you’ve selected several possible songs, you will need to narrow down your selection of songs. In this step you will want to create a worship flow. Here you need to use your musical experience to make sure that the songs fit well together. You will need to consider things like the key, tempo, similarity.
To start the worship service you will need to select a song that will get the people’s attention. This will probably be an upbeat song. Once you have their attention you will need to bring a song that will help the people focus. Then once they are focus on worship you will need to present songs or praise, worship and celebration. Then the music can flow into the offering. This can be followed by special music. This can be one of the most powerful moments in the service. And if at all possible should reinforce and prepare the church for the sermon.
Finalize your selections.
Now that you have prayed, consulted, researched, organized, it is time to finalize your song list. This may require the approval of the church leadership and others in your team.
In this article my goal is to explain the various duties involved in the choir director’s position. First and foremost this person is a Music Minister. By this they minister though the use medium of music.
It’s imperative that the church choir director be faithful in seeking the Lord’s will and aim to maintain Christ as the focal point. A church choir director needs an attitude that is teachable, and desires to grow as in individual and as a minister. In addition, The church choir director must have a call from the Lord for their ministry. This calling should be confirmed by others in the Body of Christ.
Church choir director has many duties they perform in their job. A choir director needs a proven ability to bring others into planning and decision-making process. The church choir director works closely with the pastor and church staff in planning worship services. Together they plan, schedule and decide on the direction of the music program for the church. This is accomplished by organizing the church’s music ministry by directing vocalists and musicians in order to create an atmosphere of worship. As a group they will choose the songs built on the scriptures and message relative the Bible study teaching. The music selected should follow the theme of the Bible Study.
Once a direction has been selected the church choir director will coordinate the vocalists and musicians with the calendar and direction of the church. He decides on who will sing and play instruments at given church service. He in charge of regular band practices. He sets the schedule for the church musicians. He will organize musicians and bands and set the schedule for the rehearsals. This person will be in charge of the maintenance and additions the church’s song library. In addition they will take care of all equipment, including instruments, supplies and music materials used in the church’s program.
Some additional duties he will be responsible for include weddings and funerals to be conducted in the church. A church choir director manages the musicians and bands for activities like holidays, weddings or funerals conducted at the church. For these activities the music is selected to augment and the particular situation. For Holiday events the Church Choir director plans the music. The most common events are Easter and Christmas.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could figure out your favorite worship songs all by yourself, and not have to rely on tabs or sheet music to figure them out? You can do this by learning to play by ear. Playing by ear is the ability to play a piece of music by simply listening to it repeatedly. .Many musicians began their education this way; they would pick up their instrument and began playing an easy melody from a well-known song, slowly picking out the notes as they went along. It’s not that hard to do. In this article, I’m going to give you some tips to get you started playing by ear using Praise and worship CDs.
Before you begin you want to first get a CD player. Make sure it has decent stop and pause controls, because you’ll need them. It’s possible to do it with iTunes or something similar, but trust me, it’s much harder to do on iTunes, because the controls are very hard to use. The CD player is a good way to learn songs because you can simply play the music over and over until you finally get each part of the song you are learning to play
Next you should have a way to write down your discoveries. Get some tab paper, a sharp pencil, a good eraser and you’re ready to go!
You may have a song in mind that you want to learn. It is not that difficult learn new songs. To start out choose a song that is easy. As you get more comfortable gradually build up your ability you can tackle more difficult pieces. If you’re determined to learn and you’re motivated, you can learn everything you need to know even in a short time.
It is a good idea to memorize the songs you learn. If you have a good memory, learning to play Worship Songs will be easier. Memorization is very important when it comes to playing Worship Songs because you need to memorize the chords notes and words of the Worship Songs.
Here are four steps you can take to learn a worship song using a CD and CD Player
I recommend that you listen to the piece of music that you’re working on many times without trying to figure it out. All you need to do at this time is listen to the song. And once you listen to it once, you need to listen to the song again. It will make your task simpler by “burning” the sounds into your brain.
As you listen you will start to identify the different parts of the song. Listen for the verse, Listen for the chorus. Listen for the bridge and intro. Identify the song structure. If the song structure goes like this: verse-chorus-verse-chorus. Then you basically have two different parts to learn, the verse and the chorus. Usually each part will have a specific chord pattern. This pattern usually repeats itself.
2) WRITE DOWN THE LYRICS
Take a moment to transcribe the lyrics to the song. Place each line of the lyric on its own line. Then you can label each part. Label them Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Intro. What you will discover is that each verse will have different word but the chorus part will repeat its word.
3) FIGURE OUT THE BASS NOTES
To learn the chords, figure out the bass line first without worrying about the chords. For the majority of songs the bass note will be the root of the chord. This is helpful because you can easily see what key the song is in. Once that’s done, you can apply some theory to help get the right chords. Figuring out chords this way is kind of like playing Hangman with notes. Once you’ve found a few notes, the picture will become clearer. Add to this your knowledge of chords will help solve the rest of the puzzle for you.
Here is an example: What if you hear the bass player play and E, and you hear a G somewhere in the rest of the chord? If you understand music theory and how chords are constructed, you can start to build the notes for the key.
Em = E G B
C = C E G
Both of these chords are similar as they both have the E and G notes. Now test both of these chords while playing along with the song and decide it they will work.
Now all you do is test both chords against the one in the song, and decide if you’ve guessed right. This isn’t an exact science, but it will definitely help you get to the finish line. As you get figure out each chord write them down on your notepad.
4) GET THE RHYTMN
Learn the rhythm of the song. See if you can determine the beat by tapping your foot.
Finding the beat to a song is usually the easiest part, since most people “feel” the beat and don’t have to do to much thinking to come up with an right rhythm for a song. But for the rhythmically challenged just by knowing that there are basically two meters available –4/4 (four beats per measure) meter and ¾ (3 beat per measure).
In a song the first beat of a measure will be emphasized. That means it will be stronger in dynamic than the other beats. In the 4/4 time it would sound like this ONE,two,three,four. Now take out your lyrics and try to identify where the ONE beat falls in the words to the lyrics. Next assign the appropriate chord to that beat.
Using a CD Player can be very useful in learning new worship and praise songs. The Player will allow you to Stop, Pause, Rewind and Fast Forward Through each part or the song.
One of the duties that you have as a worship leader is to select songs for the church worship service. I will cover a few tips that will help guide you through the process of making a praise and worship list.
I am a firm believer that the music and the message should support each other.
With that in mind, I suggest that you first consult with your head pastor. As the leader of the church it is his job to guide the congregation. The pastor should reveal the message topic to you. This will give you the opportunity to discover what the upcoming sermon topic will be so you can plan accordingly. As you consult with the head pastor you will get a sense and feel for the direction the church is going. The pastor may even suggest some songs that he feels would be appropriate.
Let’s say for example that the upcoming message topic his “Humility” and the key scripture is James 4:6-10. This will give you a starting point in your song selection. With this bit of information you can now move on to the next item.
Once you know what the message is about it is a good idea to take some time a pray. As you pray let the Holy Spirit guide and direct you. Let God speak to you and reveal His will for you concerning the song selections. While you are praying you may get ideas as to what songs will be useful to the worship service. When you have direction from God you can now proceed to the next item in creating a praise and worship list.
Now that you know what the sermon topic is and you have fully prayed for God’s guidance, you can now search for songs that fit the situation. What you need to do is look through your music library and other resources to find songs. Your library may consist of several resources. These resources can include music compilation book, hymnals, music cd, and individual sheet music. Get out a sheet of paper and start creating a list of songs that relate the upcoming sermon. Make any notes that will be helpful to you
Once you have your list of potential songs you will need to organize them for the church worship service. This will create a flow of songs.
The following chart gives you an example of how to create song flow during a worship service. Use this chart to help you plan the songs you will use in your church’s service. Please note that this is a simple outline to follow. It will help you get started. But ultimately, it is the Holy Spirit that will guide you though this process.
Song Flow Blueprint
Attention: you will start the service by presenting a song that will get the “attention” of the congregation. This is a call to worship.
Focus: Once you have the attention of the congregation then you offer a song that will help the people start to “focus” on God.
Praise or Worship – Once the congregation is now focus on God you can either go into a song of “praise” or a song of “worship”
Celebration – In addition to Praise and Worship you have the option of flowing into a song of “celebration” The main portion of the service will fall into these three types of songs – praise, worship and celebration. Move freely between each of these three types of songs.
Offering – This is the time where the church performs it act of giving. Once the offering song is complete you continue by presenting “special music”.
Special Music – This could be a guest artist or it could be a song that reinforces the message of the entire service.
Song that leads into message – By this time the church should be prepared to receive God’s word. As with all the songs used in the service this one needs to lead into the message topic.
As you move through Your Service, your goal is to prepare the people you serve to enter into a place where they not only experience the presence of God, but also prepare their minds to receive the Bible study message.
Taking the outline of the Song Flow Blueprint you can now create a praise and worship list. Place each song in order. Get all your recourses together. Now you want to communicate with your singers and musician the songs they need to learn and know. You will need to schedule a rehearsal to go over the song selections. Make sure that each member knows their part.
In this article I want to share with you the various duties and roles involved with a music minister job.
The Music Minister interacts with the church staff and leadership in directing, planning, and scheduling the music program. The staff can include the head pastor, teaching pastor, Sunday school coordinator. The goal of the music ministry should be to provide opportunities for spiritual growth for a church congregation through of music. This is accomplished by organizing the church’s music ministry by directing singers and musicians in order to create an atmosphere of worship.
The Music Ministers works with the pastor and church staff in planning worship services of the church and is responsible for the selection of the music. Together they will select the songs based on the message and scriptures relative the teaching. The music selected should follow the theme of the sermon. Once a direction has been selected the Music Minister will coordinate the singers and musicians with the calendar and emphases of the church.
A Music Minister leads the singers and musicians. He selects who will sing and who will play instruments at given services. He will also direct weekly band practices. He will coordinate the performance schedules of music groups and individuals in the functions of the church. The Music Minister will supervise maintenance of and additions to music library and equipment, including music materials, supplies, instruments and other music equipment for use in the church’s program.
A Music Minister coordinates the musicians and bands for special events such as weddings, funerals and holidays held at the church. The music needs to be selected to enhance and the specific situation. He must be aware of weddings and funerals to be held in the church. T he Music Minister plans the music for holiday services such as Easter and Christmas. He will coordinate specific musicians and bands and set the agenda for the rehearsals.
A Music Minister additionally gets the opportunity to teach a class or on occasion give sermons on the role of music in the church. He may have the opportunity to enter into Sunday school classes and share his love of music as a tool for worship. He will also be responsible for training and use of instrumentalists and vocalists in groups or as individuals.
The Music Minister must have a self-awareness of receiving a call from the Lord for their ministry. This calling should be confirmed by others in the Body of Christ. A Music Minister needs a sprit that is teachable, and desires to grow as in individual and as a minister; In addition the Music Minister needs a proven ability to bring others into planning and decision-making process. It is important that the Music Minister be faithful in seeking the Lord’s will and strive to keep Christ the vital focal point in life.
1 Kings 5:17-18 And the king commanded, and they brought great stones, costly stones, and hewed stones, to lay the foundation of the house. And Solomon’s builders and Hiram’s builders did hew them, and the stonesquarers: so they prepared timber and stones to build the house.
Luke 6:48-49 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Why the Foundation is so important.
Any building needs solid foundation in order to remain standing. The foundation is the base upon which everything is built. In our study here we need to understand that Jesus is the foundation to everything we do in the worship ministry. In this section we will examine the relationship we have with him and how to maintain that relationship so that the foundation will remain strong and solid.
It starts with a relationship.
Before anyone can worship God they must first have a relationship with Him. Once you have the relationship then and only then can you truly worship in spirit and in truth. In this chapter I will share with you three reasons to worship. Each of these reasons is built on a relationship that is only available through fellowship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. First you need to know that God loves you very much. Second God gives us grace that allows us to love Him. And third because of our relationship we have a hope for our future.
God Is Love
First you need to know is that God loves you. He always has and always will. I believe one of the greatest experiences is to know that you are loved. That by itself is reason enough to worship God. After all, God is the creator of love. He is the very essence of love. Not only does he love us; He also wants to have a relationship with us. We were created to have fellowship with God. Fellowship is a relationship. Since God loves us we ought to show our appreciation. We do this through our worship of Him. But the reason for loving God goes even deeper. You need to understand that God loves you so much. He desires intimate fellowship with us. That is where the second reason to worship comes.
God Gives Us Grace
The second reason we worship God is that we received His wonderful gift of grace. Let me explain. We are sinful by nature. We are born that way. It is our heritage. The problem with this is that when we are in the state of sin we are unable to truly experience God’s total love toward us. There is a barrier between God and us. This barrier is so large no man can bridge the gap.
We are stubborn, self-willed, and independent wanting to do what we want. It is our desire to feed our flesh with worldly things. While in the state of sin we have a death sentence on our life. Our destiny is eternal damnation totally separated from the best things that God offers. You will never experience the fullness of worship unless you have an intimate relationship.
But, in His mercy towards us He provides a fool proof method of reconciliation. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve. Here is the key to grace. If you learn anything reading this article this is the most important. He sent his son Jesus to reconcile us back to God. Jesus paid the debt we owed because of sin. He took on death and beat it. His pure a sinless life allowed Him to rise from the dead. Through Him we can now have the kind of fellowship God wants. All a person needs to do is believe the gospel is true. We worship Jesus for the great and mighty sacrifice He did to restore our relationship with God.
God Give Us A Hope For The Future
Not only does God love us and have given us a priceless gift of grace, he also gives us a hope for the future. The very moment you receive the free gift of salvation immediately you have a place in heaven. You citizenship is there. Your name is written in the Book of Life. As a matter of fact Jesus is there preparing a place for you. The thing about worship is it is an opportunity to prepare for our time in heaven. You can begin to experience a taste of heaven. The most precious moments I experience when I worship are those times when I am in the very presence of God. What I desire is to think of this as practicing for that day when I am before God in all His glory, bowing down at the throne. Seeing Him face to face for the very first time in person. Worship allows us to get a small glimmer of this. I get excited when I meditate on this awesome time.
Now that we have taken a journey toward the reasons we worship let me recap. First, we know that God loves us very much. He desires to have fellowship with us. But because we are by nature sinful we are separated from God’s love. It is impossible for us as individuals to fix that. Which brings us to the second point. God gives us grace. He devised a plan that allows us to be reconciled back to Him. Jesus came to die on a cross for our sin. But, because He was without any sin he was able to beat the death sentence and raised up from the grave. The grace is that we have salvation by believing in Jesus. That’s it! It is so simple. Just receive it. And third, God did all of this because He desires eternal fellowship. Therefore, He have given us a future hope in that we can now live forever and we have a place in heaven.
One final thought. You need to be connected to the Savior Jesus. If you have never asked for salvation, now is the perfect time to begin a relationship with God through Jesus. Ask Him today and believe me you will never be the same. Here is a prayer you can pray to begin your journey with Jesus.
Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forging my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life. Make me the person you created me to be.
Building Blocks to nurture your relationship
* Read your Bible everyday to know Christ better.
* Talk to God in prayer every day.
* Tell others about Christ.
* Worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached.
* As Christ’s representative in a needy world, demonstrate your new life by your love and concern for others.
Before you are able to truely mininster to the people you serve, you must have a foundation that is built on Jesus. That foundation is started at the point you begin a relationship with God though His son Jesus. This is the greatest give anyone can receive and the best part it is absolutely free. Take advange of your position in Christ. Know that he loves you and that he has a hope for your future.
In this article I am going to discuss five crucial elements of worship that will improve your Christian music ministry. These five elements are the foundation to understanding the worship experience. When most people think about the word worship, there are a few ideas that come to mind. One of these ideas is the actual music. Another idea is the sermon or message. But for the most part most people focus on the music part of worship.
This is very myopic and we run into the danger of missing the entire experience. It’s important to note that the worship service is more than the musical part. There are is an abundance of ways to show our love, devotion and worship of God. What I hope to accomplish with this article is to examine five unique elements in worship. My hope is that you will gain greater insight and have a fuller more satisfying worship experience.
I will cover five areas include the following 5 areas:
Let’s begin with praying.
Prayer and the worship experience
Prayer is basically talking with God. I say ‘with’ God because it is a two way communication. God love to hear from his children and you need to hear what God has to say. This type of communication fosters a fuller relationship. Prayer is the primary way for you to speak to God directly. It should be noted that prayer can be a form of worship as you will see later. Prayer is the avenue in which you communicate with God. The act of prayer can be done in silence; it can be spoken verbally so that other believers can agree with the prayer.
This helps me remember the various elements in a well rounded prayer I like to use the acrostic “ACTS”. Each letter represents these four elements:
A – Adoration in Prayer
C – Confession in Prayer
T – Thanksgiving in Prayer
S – Supplication in Prayer
(A) Adoration in Prayer
Adoration is simple telling God the many way you appreciate, love and adore Him. When you start to pray take a few minutes and offer your adoration to God. Tell God as many things you can think of that you love and appreciate about He has done in your life. By doing this you affirm your love. The best way to start your prayer is to tell God the many ways you love Him
(C) Confession in Prayer
We are all sinners. It is our nature to be sinful. We cannot run from that fact. It is better to confess our sins than to let God “finds out”. Remember, if we confess our sins he is faithful to forgive us. By confessing you allow your heart to be in the right place. Let me add a different way to look at confession. Confession is a form of acknowledgment of what is truthful. This can add another perspective to your attitude of confession. Confess the truth! Make confessions of faith. That is to confess the greatness of God.
(T) Thanksgiving in Prayer.
What are you thankful for? I’m sure there is an abundance of things you can be thankful to God. God has abundant resources available to every Christian. I believe it is His desire to lavish you with all that he has to offer. In response the polite thing to do is to say thank you for all the great things he does in your life. Thank God for everything and every circumstance.
(S) Supplication in Prayer
Supplication is a request for something. I think that this is the part of prayer we like. Supplication is our chance to heap our requests up to God. Prayer needs balance. Christians spend a majority of prayer time in supplication. Don’t get me wrong its okay to ask. The Bible says to ask. However, we need balance. Supplication should not be the primary focus. You will find that if you offer Adoration, Confession and Thanksgiving prior to asking for our requests, you will be better prepared to request things that are more pleasing to God. You need to be bold in your requests to God. He is a God of unlimited resources. Ask for things beyond yourself.
For further reading on prayer read: Matthew 6:7-15
Preaching as a Part of Worship
Preaching is an element of worship where the Word of God is revealed. Hearing God’s word is vital to the growth and development of every Christian. It is important to hear the word of God. It is vital to understand that preaching is also a way to worship God. God wants you to have a relationship with Him. He wants you to know him in a deeply intimate way. God wants you to understand as much as you can about Him. How can you worship or love someone you don’t know? This is why God appointed preachers. Preaching is your opportunity to dive into the scriptures of the Bible, and discover who he is and to learn how He operates.
For more on the biblical perspective of preaching read: 1 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Charity the Sacrificial Act of Giving
The Christian life is not about receiving. It’s about giving. We need to have a perspective of giving and to do it with all our heart, mind and soul.
When it comes to giving most people first think about the subject of money. It is true that tithing to the church is a privilege we all called to do. But, there is so much more. God really wants you to give your entire life to Him.
You have the awesome opportunity to give all your resources to God. This includes your time, your body, and your mind. When you give to God all the resources available to you, it is at that time a true sacrifice of praise and worship.
For more on the biblical perspective of giving read: 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Communion is a time for true intimate relationship with Jesus. It is time for the believer to bond with our Savior. It is an act that identifies the believer with Christ. Communion allows us to focus on the greatest gift ever given to mankind. It is a time to remember that Jesus death on the cross is the ultimate and final sacrifice for the sins of the world. Communion is the greatest privilege a Christian can experience.
For further reading on communion read: Matthew 26:26-29
The Role of Singing in Worship
As a worship leader we run into the danger of focusing too much on the singing part of worship. After all, that would be nature because it is our calling and our gift.
Most would agree that worship incorporates the act of singing. This is a physical action that allows us to express though song what is our heart. Even though singing is using our voice, it is quite different than just talking. I find it amazing that corporate worship allows us to sing as a group of people to express our worship in unison. That is powerful. Singing as group we can say to God our expression of praise, gratitude, and thanksgiving. Everyone can at the same time communicate to God. Singing can provides us with a greater ability to use our emotions. Music has the most unique property to create moods and emotions though the melody, tempo and words.
Scripture reading: Ephesians 5:19
Bringing it all together
As you can see there isn’t just one way to experience worship but several. Each one is important. The real key is balance. When you balance the five elements in your worship service, you give more opportunities to the people you serve to worship.