I was re-reading one of my favorite books on Worship yesterday entitled “Face Down” by Matt Redman. I reached a certain page that stood out to me, though it really hadn’t on previous readings. I would like to share it with you all if I could:

~ Each time we gather together as a worshipping community, we must find way to reflect these aspects of the nature and character of God. The songs are one thing. But it goes way beyond the music. It’s our whole approach. Are we preparing our heart for a divine encounter? Too often I’m guilty of a rushed prayer with the worship band and a business as usual mind set. But God does not delight in fast food spirituality. This is a spiritual occasion, which must be marked by mystery and wonder. And you cannot rush into wonder.…The question is weather our worship services immerse us in God’s splendor.
(Face Down, pp 41&43)

~~~ Tomorrow is Sunday. Are you taking time to prepare for the prescience of God? Are we really putting in what we ought when we lead worship? I have to say, I put a lot of effort into preparing for worship, especially when I am leading. But I am still sure that I fall behind quite often. Sure, I know my songs backward and forward, but God knows my heart. I should not walk up on that stage unless I have worshipped Him off stage all week!

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Comment by Kellyann on August 16, 2009 at 8:16am
Amen to that Rebecca!! I am guilty of allowing the burdens of the week to weigh heavy on my heart instead of leaving them at the foot of the cross. Recently, I made a public commitment to God to trust Him with a situation I have really struggled with for quite a while. My friends prayed out loud for me and it was like peace washing over me, it was really amazing. I still have the odd thought that pops into my mind regarding the situation so I rebuke it in Jesus name and recite the scripture, Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ."
I ache to worship God in complete abandonment but my nature is the opposite. May God strengthen us as we seek Him with all our hearts.
Wishing you God's blessings, you and your family are in my prayers,
Kellyann x
Comment by Donna (Robertshaw) Funk on August 16, 2009 at 6:01pm
I have actually been out of leading worship for about 2 years but jumped back in this summer to help out my old group before I move. The time off really was an amazing time of healing and refocusing ( I also had 2 kids:-) Though I'm not where I want to be spiritually - Worship has changed because now it is about Him and not about the band, the singers, the time, the recordings, etc, etc. When I get back to leading I hope that remains.

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