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Dear Worship Leader, Remind Your Face You're Saved

As a worship leader, we GET to lead people in corporate singing and expression.

We are graciously called by Him to be instruments in bringing Him glory. However, we are flawed and our hearts are prone to wander and desire the things of the world.

If you have been leading worship for a while, you know sometimes you find yourself in a dry season.

Sunday mornings can easily become another weekly ritual and we can find ourselves going through the motions.

Sound familiar? 

It is crucial that we stay encouraged and are constantly reminded that what God has graced us to do, is a gift and has an eternal impact.

May Shoreline Music never become bored of leading worship.

May ______________ (fill in your worship department) never become bored of leading worship.

My hope and prayer is when we find ourselves in this position, that we might remember we are literally doing the Lord’s work.

We are playing a part in changing people’s lives.
We are tools used to save souls.
That is something that should never get boring.

Jesus' interaction with the woman at the well, give us insight into what we should all see as our calibrator of worship:

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
John 4


In our moments of complacency may we be reminded of the redeeming work that Christ has done in our lives; and that debt He has paid on our behalf.

Every word we sing, every chord we play, every beat we hit, every slide we cue, is an opportunity to speak this truth into someone else’s life. Let us cherish that and lead with joy.


 

Article Written by Andrew Markakis | Youth Worship Leader 

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Dear Worship Leader, It's Not About Us

Dear Worship leader, I too am a worship leader. Actually, scratch that. I’m a redeemed child of God who He has called to lead worship.

I’m also queen of the hot mess express. I’m also a broken person. I’m also a warrior who doesn’t give up. I’m like a human cocktail of feelings and traits and characteristics, a walking contradiction some days.

But today, I’m convicted.

A lot of my life, the Lord has stepped out of the way to let me break and become empty. Every time it has unfolded into a beautiful testimony of drawing nearer to Him. Of Him winning, yet again, my love for Him.

I’ve been thinking and meditating on how God uses sometimes the most broken people to lead worship. But one night, I came to see it’s not just that He calls the broken to lead worship, but He requires those He has calls to lead worship to be broken before Him.

For a while thought, “I’m a messy broken person, here I am broken before you”. I almost cringe now at how wrong I was.

Being a broken person and being broken before Him are two totally different things.

He uses the broken because of grace. But as a worship leader especially, we cannot successfully, I believe, do our assignment without being broken before Him.

As worship leaders, we are called to create atmospheres. To call forth His presence. To lead the congregation into His presence so that the Holy Spirit can do the work that only He can do. And as mere flesh, we cannot bring that forth in pride.

We cannot lead His people where we are not and have not been. Thus, we cannot lead the congregation into His presence if we have prevented our own selves from being there.

Reading through Isaiah 57 and 66, the Lord gives us the direction to enter for this as worship leaders. That He dwells in the high and holy place and also with the one of a contrite and lowly spirit. That the one who He looks to is humble and contrite and trembles at His word. In order to be in His presence, we must be humble taking a step back to hide ourselves behind the cross. We must be contrite, being remorseful and deeply effected by our transgression.

This whole time here I had been caught up basking in the comfort of His grace so flippantly that I’d forgotten the weight of what He called me to do for His kingdom. I confused repentance with a brush off and walked back onto those platforms assuming I was good to go and it was all enough. I didn’t even see the pride or that by ignoring the gravity of my errors when I walked back onto those platforms, I was creating a possible stumbling block between the congregation and His presence.

"The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I restore the crushed spirit of the humble and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts."
Isaiah 57:15

Contrite is the key word here for me.
Did God love me and forgiven me in those moments? Absolutely. That never ever changes. Ever.

But by refusing myself to feel the remorse and coming in humility genuinely understanding I’ve done nothing to deserve what He has asked me to do, I prevented myself from being fully in His presence. And while I was there in lala land instead, I was leading these people God trusted me with nowhere.

I was broken, but not broken before Him. I didn’t understand that a contrite spirit isn’t an encouragement, but a beautiful requirement. And I thought, “What have I done…”.

Today I think of the draw towards repentance as a cross to bear for the worship leader.

I don't nail this 100%. I think we're all still growing and learning. This is why grace grows more beautiful the longer you walk with Jesus. Because it never runs out, no matter how much you use. 

If I could encourage you to do anything as a worship leader, just for a second, it would be to discover the gravity of the assignment He's given us and the gravity of its requirements.

As worship leaders, we lead worship. Therefore, personally understanding worship as an offering, and deeply experiencing that an offering, is a sacrifice.

Sacrificing ourselves, our ambitions, our aspirations, because it’s not about us, in even the smallest ways. It’s becoming so broken before Him, encountering His presence, so that our brothers and sisters, whom He loves so deeply, can follow us there.


 

Article Written by Whitley Degollado | Worship Resident

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Dear Worship Leader, No Matter What Wake Up Singing

It's easy to get sucked into the whirlwind of logistics that go into making a Sunday gathering happen. You could be a church or 25 or a church of 25,000. There's always stuff to do and always stuff that doesn't get done.

We have a moment every single Sunday with our team before service begins, where we gather, pray and ask the Lord to do His thing. We've set up the structure, we've come prepared, we've done our parts to the best that we have that day, now it's His turn.

But that starts with the leaders, YOU, US, waking up worshipping Him. Some of our team even has their alarm tones set to their favorite worship song. 

Sundays should be our overflow onto the people God has gathered before Himself. 

We're praying for you and your churches and teams tomorrow. 

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Dear Worship Leader, God Sees Your Need

“Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; 

[But do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Matthew 6:25-34

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Dear Worship Leader, Look Around

Dear Worship Leader, look around. Who might your worship be fighting for this weekend?

Every Tuesday night, during rehearsal our team has a Huddle. We briefly talk through the setlist and make any notes and changes before we do a full run through of the service. Then, we spend the majority of the time in culture creation. 

Usually one of our worship leaders or pastors will do a quick word on what they're learning about the Lord and then we break off into groups to pray over each other. 

This particular week, we felt an urgency in the atmosphere to fight a battle in prayer. It was a very specific battle and we all walked into that night feeling it. 

A couple girls were so overwhelmed in vocal rehearsal that we just scratched the technicalities all together and worshipped. Acapella. 

Instead of praying over each other in circles, this night, we prayed over our church family. Every row. Every chair. We prayed and worshipped over their battles, whatever they may be.

We prayed for healing and wholeness.
For courage and fierceness.
We prayed for provision and strength.
We prayed for defense and dedication.
We asked the Holy Spirit to give us names and faces to see and hear as we sought His face on their behalf. 

So when Sunday finally comes, when we look up, look around, we trust that the faces we see and the people we hug might have won some battles this week. Not because of us, but because the war is won in community. It's won in prayer. It's won in surrender. 

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural)places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]."

Ephesians 6:12-13

"They all joined together constantly in prayer..."

Acts 1:14 

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Dear Worship Leader, We All Have the Same Holy Spirit

"So I, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to you to live a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called [that is, to live a life that exhibits godly character, moral courage, personal integrity, and mature behavior—a life that expresses gratitude to God for your salvation], with all humility [forsaking self-righteousness], and gentleness [maintaining self-control], with patience, bearing with one another in [unselfish] love.

Make every effort to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace [each individual working together to make the whole successful].

There is one body [of believers] and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope when called [to salvation]— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all who is [sovereign] over all and [working] through all and [living] in all.

Yet grace [God’s undeserved favor] was given to each one of us [not indiscriminately, but in different ways] in proportion to the measure of Christ’s [rich and abundant] gift."

Ephesians 4:1-7

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