zalewskiconsulting.pl/wp-content/ricop-tasto-accensione-iphone.php The noteworthy phrase for us in Isaiah 61 is this:. The closer the relationship, the deeper the brokenheartedness. And you know what? I know I am! Rosemary always said that bad things always happen in sets of three. If two people close to her died, then she was unsettled until a third person died, and then she could relax a bit.
Oddly, that pattern seemed to hold true for a long time.
So now we have had our set of three visits by paramedics to Mt. In reality, God has already begun doing that work, and God will continue doing that work for as long as it takes. We could have another this coming Sunday.
One thing is for certain: Jesus is still in our midst. His presence joins us each time we gather together. And in a special way, we will recognize his presence this coming Sunday when we share Communion together. Rest in the presence of Jesus. Remember to pray for D. Read Ephesians out loud once again. And allow God to begin binding up your broken heart, to ease your grief and despair, by drawing you close to him and close to your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Human sexuality is a religious question that is tearing church groups apart. I believe it is such a divisive question today because most Christian adults have made up their minds whether or not their understanding of Christianity allows for homosexual or other nontraditional relationships and practices. We have no room for discussion, no room for truly hearing the perspectives or stories of those with whom we disagree. If others disagree with us, we assume they are speaking out of hatred. Everybody believes they are standing for the truth. No one is willing to change their minds.
This statement was signed by many famous Christian leaders and distributed all over social media. Last weekend, I attended a conference in Rockville, Maryland — where it was sunny and hot, nearly 90 degrees! I designed this course a few months ago, in consultation with my supervising professor, in order to propel me forward into the Professional Project which will be the culmination, the capstone, of my doctoral work. Last year, we introduced a series of banners to decorate our sanctuary with the colors and symbols of the various seasons of the church year.
Starting this Sunday, you might notice that one our banners has changed colors:. The banner representing the current season of Easter, showing a cross on a purple background, now shows a cross on a white background. There is no question that this song is a Christmas-time song. Isaac Watts wrote these lyrics as part of his quest to point all of the Psalms specifically to Jesus.
Take a few minutes right now to read Psalm 98 — which, by the way, will be our responsive reading on Easter Sunday, as well. Joy to the world! The Lord is come. Let earth receive her King. Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing. If there were ever a day for us to celebrate the arrival of Jesus as King, it is Easter Sunday.
After all hope seemed to have been lost on Good Friday, and after a quiet day of somber reflection on Holy Saturday, Christians around the world will celebrate with great wonder the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Who else would we claim as our King? Let men their songs employ, while fields and flocks, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy. All creation joins in celebration of the new life found in Jesus Christ. Remember that Easter coincides with the early days of springtime. Take a look around you: Well, ok, maybe the rocks are a little stoic.
No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found. This is what the Easter season is all about: The sorrow of Good Friday has been turned into Easter celebrations. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love. Jesus came into this world full of grace and truth John 1: During this in-between time, we remember and celebrate the past: Jesus died, was buried, and rose from the grave.
But we also remember and celebrate the future: Jesus will come again in glory, and the kingdom of this world will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ Revelation Come and worship with us at Mt. Haley on Easter Sunday, April 16, at 10am. We will have a sunrise service at 7am and a hot breakfast at 8am as well.
We live in a divided age. Muslims, good guys vs. Sometimes, given our emotions and our perceived level of risk, we wish harm on our enemies. Sometimes we even enact harm on our enemies. Sometimes we restrain ourselves from physical violence but use words that are quite damaging by themselves. For people of faith and Christians in particular , the temptation to harm our enemies is just as strong as it is for anyone else. We fool ourselves if we say we are innocent of this temptation while hating members of ISIS, cheering the latest lethal injection, or even ridiculing fellow church members who voted for the other candidate.
Christians are to follow the example of Jesus, who famously prayed that all his followers might be one as he and God the Father are one see John We have made quite a mess of Christianity by creating so many divisions, even within single congregations. Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. I only want them to turn from their wicked ways so they can live.
Why should you die? Five hundred years ago, a man named John Redford served as the organist and choirmaster of St. Below are its lyrics:. Nolo mortem peccatoris; Haec sunt verba Salvatoris. Will we have a "song service" or a "praise and worship" time? Will the leader be a "song leader" or a "worship leader?
Given a choice of these two things, a song service or a praise and worship time, we would certainly desire the latter. This is exactly the choice we have. It takes leadership to transform a song service into a worship service. God is always the same. God is not on a circuit whereby He only visits us once in a while. He wants to tabernacle with us every time we gather to worship!
The River of Life is always flowing from His Throne. If there are inconsistencies they must be ours, inconsistencies in the way we lead worship. We need to closely examine the leadership of the praise and worship time within the service. A worship leader is a man or woman who is called of God to lead in worship. If we want the power of God to flow in our worship, the leader must be a person GOD has selected. The anointing is as essential to this ministry as it is to any other ministry. Those whom God calls, He enables. Without this enablement the worship time will be mired in imitation and fleshly effort.
Many congregations are waiting, week after week, for song leaders to become worship leaders or yield the position to a worship leader. Anyone who is so prideful of the "song leader" position that he will not share leadership with other anointed leaders is probably not called of God. Leaders who are anointed of the Lord hold their positions among men with a light grip. They have no trouble making way for others who are anointed. However, those who have been placed in a leadership position by the hand of man must hold tightly to it with their own strength.
Musical skill and understanding are essential. Music must be handled properly or it will inhibit the flow of God's Spirit. A skillful musical mind can release the powers of music to support the expression of God's people. On the other hand, unskillful handling of music can spoil the sacrifice of praise of the whole church, the Holy-Royal Priesthood. The worship leader must be broken before the Lord and remain broken. Through Isaiah, the Lord makes it clear that He visits His presence upon those who are humble before Him.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For all these things hath mine hand made, all those things have been, saith the Lord: Music and music ministry can be done in a prideful manner, lifting the musician up with pride in performance and position. Worship leading is the exact opposite.
Pride is incompatible with God's presence. When the performance musician succeeds, all eyes are on him and the applause of men floods his heart. When the worship musician or worship leader succeeds, he disappears for all eyes are on Jesus and all applause goes to the Lord. Because they are soulish and physical in their origin, music, thanksgiving, and even praise can be humanly generated. But the manifest presence of the Lord is a heavenly visitation given to those who have a poor and contrite spirit and who tremble at the Word of the Lord. It cannot be generated by man; it is a gift of God.
Of all musicians, the worship musician must be humble. The difference between church musicians who are performance-oriented and those who are worship-oriented is obvious. Performers are proud and worshipers are humble. Human nature teems with pride for everyone, musicians included. In your experience, if humble church musicians have been few in number, call to mind the action of culture and personal preference we discussed in chapter one. Pride is a cornerstone of the music education system that trains most musicians.
But when a musician decides to minister to the Lord, when he desires for God's presence to be visited upon his music, he finds he must repent of pride and forsake it. God simply will not be enthroned upon prideful music. In the same way, a worship leader must be humble to lead a congregation before the Throne of God. He cannot take people someplace he has not been. He and his music must take the background and allow the Holy Spirit's work to take the foreground. Most musicians dislike performing background music.
We want to be listened to when we make music. But worship music while it is certainly not "elevator music" must be music in submission to God, deflecting the attention back to Him. The humility this requires from musicians is always a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. A worship leader performs his or her ministry together with the congregation, the pastor, the choir, the orchestra, and the worship singers in humility and obedience.
Worship leading is in every way a service to the congregation and not something of leadership over the church. God may call anyone who is qualified to serve in this way. The relationship between praise and worship has to be held clearly in the mind of the one who plans and leads a worship time. Praise thanksgiving and exaltation should precede worship adoration and communion.
This praise-worship sequence is the reasonable order of worship referred to in Romans This is not to say that a sovereign God cannot short-circuit this order and visit us with His manifest presence in times when we have not praised Him. We all may have experienced such astounding times of visitation.
But, the goal of the worship leader is not the occasional sovereign move of God, but the pattern God's Spirit has given us in Scripture. God has also sovereignty chosen to move in the logical, praise-worship sequence. If we are to lead worship, we must understand and submit to this. Praise is an action of soul and body, a time of thanking the Lord for what He has done and exalting His name, His character, and His deeds. Here are the gates to His presence and the outer courts of His dwelling place. This is wading ankle deep and knee deep into the River of Life. It is ascending the hill of the Lord where the Tabernacle of David is found.
This is the presentation of our bodies to Him. By these things we establish His throne as we minister to the Lord with our Living Sacrifice of Praise. Through praise we prepare ourselves for the revelation of His glory. Worship is a response of the spirit, a time of expressing our adoration and devotion to God, giving Him an exclusive place in our hearts. Communion is abandoning ourselves to His presence, contemplating His glory, dwelling inside the veil, and drinking in His righteousness. It is the solemn sovereignty of His Throne Room, the holiness of the Holy of Holies, the deep waters of the River of life, the tenderness of His Office-Place, the renewing of the mind, and the glory revealed.
True worship transports the worshiper out of time and into eternity. There is a timeless quality to these spiritual destinations. The worship leader must be careful not to stop with praise. Our goal is to enter His presence with praise so that we may respond to Him in worship. Of course it is always proper to thank and praise the Lord. We begin these expressions in the outer court and bring them with us into the inner court. These differences can be seen in the music itself. The music of thanksgiving and exaltation can be either upward in direction, thanking and praising God, or it can be outward in direction, speaking to others about God, encouraging them to praise.
The music of worship is almost exclusively upward in direction, speaking directly to God. The pronouns in the text signal the direction of the song. A song of mine illustrates. Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty. Give unto the Lord, glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
We give unto You, Lord, the glory due Your name: We worship You, Lord, in the beauty of holiness. The worship leader must be sensitive to the direction of the songs. I keep this in mind by imagining the heads of the people turning upward when we sing to God and from side to side as we sing to one another. If I look at a series of songs I have planned and see the people getting sore necks from all the direction changes, I have to re-think that sequence.
When we see an entire congregation actually looking upward for substantial periods of time as the music carries their individual sacrifices up to the Lord, do we really want to give them a song that brings their attention back to earth to sing to one another about God? How much better it is to sing to Him! God knows the end from the beginning and so must the worship leader--praise leads to worship! It is the revealed pathway to the presence of God.
There is also a manifestation of "spirit and truth" in the character of praise and worship music. Paul told the Corinthians that he was determined to sing "with the spirit and These are songs we sing with understanding. But as we sing these vital words again and again our spirits soar. We are singing "with the spirit. These have nothing to recommend them. Paul's testimony gives us biblical permission to enjoy songs of spirit and truth, those presenting great truths as well as those whose simplicity lets our spirits minister to the Lord.
The first rule of worship leading is this: He must give himself to praise and worship, hungering above all things for the manifestation of the presence of the Lord. There have been times I thought my heart would pound its way out of my chest as the awe of His majesty broke upon me. With rule number one in mind, this is the step-by-step procedure I recommend. The worship leader must do these things: Prepare his heart to approach the Lord with the people of God. Prepare the leadership for positive change.
Prepare the people for a systematic way of approaching God. Prepare a sequence of songs that will take us on that journey and communicate the plan to all the singers, instrumentalists, and technicians who must know where we are going and the musical route chosen. Execute the plan as he is led of the Spirit and as he praises and worships God with all his might, whether the people follow him or not. In preparing the heart to lead worship, a vision for worship is essential.
My prayer is that by now your vision for worship has expanded beyond a "song service. The critical phrase from Psalm 29 is "the glory due unto His name. Until a leader has the vision of the majesty and glory of the Lord Jesus, he cannot be an effective worship leader. One of the greatest evidences of the resurrectionof Jesus is the refusal of the witnesses who saw Him after His death to retreat from their vision of a risen Lord. A vision of Jesus our Sovereign is the goal of every praise and worship time. The Lord must awaken a hunger and thirst for this vision of Jesus the King within the pastor, the board, the worship leader, the music department and the people.
The pastor is the key personality. The church cannot go deeper into the presence of the Lord than the pastor will go. If he watches his watch during the praise and worship time, or talks to the person next to him, or studies his notes or is merely passive while the people are offering their sacrifices of praise, the church will never surmount the pastor's personal obstruction.
At his former church, the revelation of God came through preaching not worship; worship was seen as an altar-time experience. The first time this man led worship in his new church he was amazed that so many of the people were worshiping God with all their might. After a few minutes the worship leader's old instincts told him it was time to stop before this thing got out of hand. He stole a glance at the pastor to see if he was checking his watch. What he saw explained everything. The pastor had no thought of the time. His hands were spread out toward heaven and his head was thrown back with his eyes closed.
A broad smile graced lips lost in the praise of His Redeemer. The worship leader then knew why the church was worshiping--the pastor was worshiping! And so it will always be. Wouldn't it be wonderful if all pastors and guest speakers worshiped with all their might like King David. However some do not even come into the service until after the corporate praise and worship time, sending the message that it is really not that important, only a warm-up for the main event. Such non-verbal messages are hindrances to the revelation of Jesus through corporate worship.
On the other hand, the worship leader must not go beyond the pastor's vision for worship. Conflicts result when musicians are exposed to the kinds of biblical truths we have explored in this study but the pastor is not. When this is the case, the worship leader must be very careful. Usually the flow of theological instruction goes from pastor to staff member, and not the other way.
Hopefully, two spiritual leaders can sit down and discuss Scripture and arrive at a mutual plan. The three questions posed in chapter one Will I worship to please myself? The heart of a true worshiper is a patient heart submitting to the pastor's vision. God is never pleased if His truth is used to divide a church or to cause turmoil. The worship leader must never allow a "worship party" to form. God is not in political processes. A "party spirit" is something God hates.
How can a worship leader proceed if his pastor does not share his vision for worship? First, he must realize that worship is not his property. Second, he must realize no one knows better than God how to work in the pastor's life. Remember that the true-hearted worship leader never touches the Lord's anointed.
Next, the worship leader must pray as he has never prayed before. It may be the Lord is doing something in his life that cannot happen in his current location. We must remember that God is not as wrapped up in our present situations as we tend to be He loves us more than He does our ministries.
If he has birthed a ministry in our hearts, He will find a place for us to fulfill it. If He has called us to be a worship leader, He will find us a place where we can lead worship. Together, the pastor, the board, and the worship leader must obey the command of Isaiah There may be hindering mountains that have to come down: Crooked places in the church procedures may need to be made straight: The people may have grown used to rough places that need to be made smooth: These types of hindrances can reach so deep into the life of the congregation that only a united effort by the pastor, the board, the worship leader, and the church musicians can root them out.
Yet, this is exactly what is needed if the worship service is ever to be the highway of the Lord. The pastor and the worship leader must find God's will for each service. God's agenda for each service includes the songs to be found by the worship leader and the message to be found by the pastor. Prayerful sensitivity during the week is the key.
Just as the pastor must start thinking about the message before Saturday night, the worship leader should have the worship music close to his heart all week. In fact, the music of praise and worship needs to be a part of the worship leader's daily life.
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Songs of praise, prayer, and worship should abide in his mind and dwell in his heart. He is constantly stocking his storehouse of new songs. Learning new hymns and choruses is his passion, making them a part of his private devotions long before they are given to the congregation. As early in the week as possible, if the pastor senses a certain theme or emphasis, he needs to point the worship leader that way. The song sequence should be worked out by midweek, at least. This means the leader has time to do some important things: By preparing through the week the praise and worship plan becomes the prayerful product of the worship leader's heart.
It must establish and maintain a flow of worship and every element should be connected so that it flows together effortlessly. Two biblical illustrations of excellent preparation come to mind: The robe the soldiers gambled for was valuable because it was woven in one piece. If the Lord is to wear the robe of praise we prepare for Him, our motivations must be woven of one material: His glory, not ours.
We are not showcasing our talents; we are honoring Him. We are not pumping up the people; we are praising the Lord. We are not performing for men's applause; we are humbling ourselves before men, seeking God's presence. The temple of Solomon was so well planned the workmen did not need to use the hammer or the iron tool to make the blocks of stone fit together. That is the way a praise and worship plan should be. For me, there have been times when things went wrong.
Perhaps chords were mismatched among the keyboards or a transition was muffed. Any number of things can go wrong! The thought in my mind was "Oh, I just heard a hammer! Forgive, me, Lord, I'll plan it better next time! What makes praise and worship flow? Thoughts flow together when the last line of one song connects to the first line of the next. Thanksgiving flows into praise, which flows into worship. Moods flow together also: Musically, the praise and worship will flow when songs are grouped together by their musical elements: A praise and worship experience will flow if it has a destination.
The music of congregational praise and worship differs in this respect from the music of performance, even when that performance is ministered unto the Lord. Performance musicians are trained to surprise the listener with all sorts of musical devices: The purpose of these things is to keep the audience's attention riveted to the performer. The goal of the worship musician is to point the listener's attention to Jesus, not to himself. Therefore these elements must be used in ways that support the praise and worship, not detract from it.
Music that is constantly jumping back and forth in tempo, or style, or constantly starting and stopping, or attempts to defy the natural flow of music from key to key will not flow as a corporate worship experience because it is constantly calling attention to itself. When ministering to the congregation, we can let our creativity and craftsmanship soar, but when ministering with the congregation, we must use our musical skill to facilitate the flow of the music.
The skillful musician must be careful not to leave the congregation behind on his personal ascent of Mt. Many times the pastor knows what should happen in the service and gives the worship leader a theme: Often, however, the worship leader must depend on the Lord for direction. God always knows what He wants to do in a service.
Through the Holy Spirit we can be guided to the right ideas and find the songs to carry them. Through our musical understanding and our sensitivity to the Holy Spirit we can craft these songs and thoughts into a plan that God can use. Planning worship is such an interplay of songs, truths and the personality of the worship leader that I hesitate to generalize as if all worship leaders plan the way I do, or that they should.
I think of the models as basic guidance from the Holy Spirit. When I begin to plan the worship I will sometimes sense a desire to crown Jesus King among us, so I put together a set of songs that take us to the Throne Room. At other times I will sense that we should really celebrate the Lord's presence so I put together a musical ascent of Mt.
Zion to worship at David's tabernacle. At still other times, I will sense the Lord's desire to dwell with His people in the healing fullness of His holiness, and I will let thoughts of the Holy of Holies guide my selection of music. On and on we can go through all the models. They serve this dual function: Many times the Lord impresses me first with how He wants the praise and worship time to end and I work toward that specific goal. At other times a certain chorus or hymn will be the definite starting point and I start connecting last lines to first lines, keys to keys, and styles to styles until I joyfully discover, song by song, where the Holy Spirit wants to take us.
However God leads the worship leader, the worship plan is not something that is just thrown together at the last minute.
The worship leader seeks and prepares it as a pastor would a Word from the Lord! It is a product of the worship leader's devotional life, his sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and his musicianship. A simple sheet of paper for each service should be provided to each singer, player, and technician who will help in the service. The number of things the leader can communicate with a one page outline of the service is amazing: Leading in worship only begins with the plan.
During the time of praise and worship in the service, the worship leader has to exercise sensitive leadership as the plan unfolds. It is at this point that he must walk a tightrope: Leading worship is a process of letting something happen, not making something happen. These things need to be in place for this to come about: Use simple signals during the service.
There are some things that cannot be planned ahead of time. The worship leader needs a set of signals. Again, let me share the ones I use as these are the only ones I can vouch for. Make eye contact with the pianist just before the next modulation in the plan. Because all the musicians have the plan, they are all looking for my signal as to the moment when we will do the modulation. The pianist makes sure the organist and the rhythm section know that the time is comingand it happens!
All from a written plan and a glance! I walk around quite a bit as I lead worship, so it is easy for me to give the signal without the congregation noticing. I have had to work with the piano in all possible locations, behind me and to either side, but I have never had to abandon "the look" as a signal for the next modulation. I put my right hand in the air and all the musicians know I am about to conduct something. I conduct all transitions, getting the tempo changes I want or creating pauses between songs. I do not conduct all during praise and worship. Once a tempo is set, there is no need to beat it out.
In this way, when I need to conduct something, my gestures have meaning. A "last time" or code signal is needed so the musicians can know when the last time through a song is upon them, especially if there is a special ending. I use my right fist in the air. All of the signals only work if players are watching. With their utmost attention given to the worship leader, such signals can be discreet. The whole congregation should not be distracted by the signals used by the worship leader. As an act of invitation and courtesy, provide the words. The old ways of singing from memory do not serve the growing church of today.
When there aren't a lot of new people coming to the church each week is little need to provide words for the home folk. When new people are coming to houses of worship, some were not raised in church. They may not even know the words to "Amazing Grace! In an effort to reach out to them and make them feel welcome, we must provide words on all the songs we sing, new or old. Pastor Gifford of the Wichita church I served in the early 's said this of memorized singing, "It makes the visitors feel like they are on the outside looking in, as if we were saying to them, 'See all the neat songs we know!
If you stay here long enough, you can learn our songs, too, and then you can join us. On the other hand, if we provide the words to all our songs, we are saying, "We're glad you are here. We love to sing unto the Lord. Many of our songs may be new to you but we want you to join us and sing! The songs themselves have changed today; there are more of them and they are more complex than those of yesterday.
To do justice to the songs we select requires visual help. Today's songs have much more content and much less repetition; words are needed.
He listened to God, and God listened to Elijah. What will you do? August 23, Feelings, circumstances, relationships, culture—all can throw us for a loop when it comes to living our faith on a daily basis. As a Gospel prayer, centered on the mystery of the redemptive Incarnation, the Rosary is therefore a prayer with a clearly Christological orientation. All the bluster about the end of the world on May 21, , requires a response.
God always has music for each stage of growth through which He takes the church. New songs soar on the winds of revival. They are the life of the praise and worship of the church. Those who by nature love the new songs must learn to appreciate the old songs. Those who love the old songs must learn to respect the new songs.
New songs are a command of Scripture but Scripture also says for one generation to declare God's works to the next. Previous generations have left us their songs! Older songs still have much to say and their use can be enhanced by projecting of words as well. Old and new, songs that exalt the Lord, edify the body and flow decently and in order are works of the Holy Spirit and should be esteemed as such.
Be prepared and be flexible.