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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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Spirit Break Out

Original Song by Kim Walker Smith
Led by Jules Morlet

Lyrics

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down

Our Father, all of heaven roars Your Name
Sing louder, let this place erupt with praise
Can you hear it, the sound of heaven touching earth

Spirit break out
Break our walls down
Spirit break out
Heaven come down


King Jesus, You're the Name we're lifting high
Your glory, shaking up the earth and sky
Revival, we wanna see Your kingdom here

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Here as in Heaven

Original Song by Elevation Worship
Shoreline Music Worship Leader, Andrew Markakis

Lyrics

The atmosphere is changing now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

Overflow in this place
Fill our hearts with your love
Your love surrounds us
You're the reason we came
To encounter your love
Your love surrounds us


Spirit of God fall fresh on us
We need your presence
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
Here as in heaven


A miracle can happen now
For the spirit of the Lord is here
The evidence is all around
That the spirit of the Lord is here

 

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Deeper Still | Female Led | Key D

DEEPER STILL | LYRICS

V1
Like a river
Your mercy rushes in
Clearing the way to life
GIving me hope again

Like an ocean
Beyond all I can see
Deep in the Father's heart
Encompassing all of me

C:
Oh Lord
How great is Your love
How deep and how wide
That You have lavished on us

V2
Even further
You gently beckon me
Into the flow of grace
Love like and endless sea

Like a current
Pulling underneath
Steady into Your heart
Your love is drawing me

B
Deeper still
Deeper still
Into Your heart there is no end
Lord You are calling me out

Writers: Staci Jinkerson, Tyson Morlet

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How Trust Comes With Fear

Trust is an enigma, its almost always preceded with a great amount of fear but once you engage it, it'll set you free. 

I was a girl who was told having her own babies was probably never gonna happen. And now, 5 years later, I have a toddler and another miracle on the way (and I'm not even sure how this one happened...) 

The doctors gave me a diagnosis that shattered my world, but God always works at a different capacity from this world.

Listen, I'm not saying that when you bring your needs to God he will fill them how you want them.

What I am saying is when you bring your needs to God, He fills them in a way that will cause you to know Him and love Him and trust Him even more than you do right now in this moment. 

Whatever you're carrying around today give it to Him. 

Someone reading this needs to know God is their defender.

Someone reading this needs to know God is their provider.

Someone reading this needs to know God is their ultimate healer.

Someone reading this needs to know God still love you. No matter what. 

Trust Him at His word when it says, 

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

He's not messin' around.


Written by Jules Morlet | @juliannamorlet | juliannamorlet.com

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I Worship Because I HAVE To

I don't worship because I have to.
I worship because I have to. 

My life has been liberated and redirected, refined and redeemed, on so many levels by something outside of myself and my own choices and decisions. Sometimes people ask how I got to where I am in life, with my marriage or as a worship leader, and my only response will ever be this: 

It's Jesus. It's always been Jesus. 

Sure I've read books and studied for nearly a decade on some of these things. I've done counseling and training and sought advice and perspective from both professionals and people I trust. 

But at the end of the day, it's Jesus' life, His word, His example, His intimate relationship with me, that pushes me on day after day. 

Some people say they don't know where they'd be without Him, well I do. And it makes me shudder at the thought. 

That's why I worship. 

It's Jesus. For me, it'll always be Jesus. 


Written by Jules Morlet | @juliannamorlet | juliannamorlet.com

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Good | Female Led Worship Song | Key of G

Female Led | Key of G | Mid-Tempo

GOOD | LYRICS

We are needy, we are broken
Lost in awe of who You are
Life gets messy, we are hurting
But You are there to heal our hearts

Storms may rage around
But we will rest in the truth we've found

You are good
You are good
In the valley low, we trust because we know
You are good
You are good
We will praise Your name and give You everything
For You are good

Jesus Savior, Our Messiah
You came to make our sin to cease
In our weakness, You're made strong
In our storms, You're our peace

We lift our hands, we lift our hands
We lift our hands to You, for You are good
We lift our hearts, we lift our hearts
We lift our hearts to You, for You are good

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Wanna Know | Male & Female Led Worship Song

Male & Female Led | Key of D | Uptempo

WANNA KNOW | Lyrics

Breathe, God breathe Your breadth on me
Let me feel You
I, I wanna know You're here
Show, God show me something true
So I can see You
I, I wanna know You're here

I'm giving up my own desires
I'm giving up so come and take me
Lord come inspire

Lead me Lord and I will follow
Show Your will and I will go
Take me where You want me to be
Chasing You I want to know
I --- I wanna know
I --- wanna know Your will

Take, Lord I give all it takes to truly follow
I, I surrender all, to live
Teach, God teach me something what it means
To be Your disciple, all to Your I freely give

Take it all take everything
Take my life take everything
I give it all take everything
I give my life, I give my life
Take it all take everything
Take my life take everything
I give it all take everything
I give my life, give my life

 

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Spirit Breathe | Female Led Song | Key of D

Female led worship song | Key of D 

SPIRIT BREATHE | Lyrics

Breathe on Your Church oh Spirit of life

Eternal fire in our hearts

Make us delight in all that You are

Jealously cleanse every part

Breathe, Spirit breathe (X4)

Who gives us passion who wakes us to life

Who shakes alive these dry bones

Who brings the freedom to leave fear behind

God it's your spirit alone

Breathe, Spirit breathe (X4)

Consuming fire ignite our hearts

Purify and fill us up

Spirit of the living God

Fall afresh on us

 

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Leading Worship is More Than a Weekend Gig

It was a Saturday night and I was spackling on my "stage make up", readying for another weekend of worship leading. (Side note: I love my job.) I had just dusted my eyelids with a soft salmon color from Sephora, and when I opened them to make sure they were even, I felt like I was looking into someone else's eyes. 

They looked tired, weary even, as if they'd been fighting a battle and losing hope.

And they were. Fighting and losing. Or at least that's what it felt like. 

I dabbed on extra concealer, curled my hair, lathered on some Chapstick and called it. There's only so much you can do ya know.

That particular weekend I was sharing before the song Forever Reign. It was new(er) to our congregation at the time and as I reviewed my manuscript for my speaking portion, I couldn't hold back the tears.

It read:

"You are more You are more than my words will ever say, You are Lord, You are Lord, all creation will proclaim, You are here, You are here, in Your presence I'm made whole, You are God, You are God of all else I'm letting go." 

 These words have been true of me time after time and when I came to a place of surrendering control, I began to see God's hand at work in my life. I saw Him for who He was...

I subconsciously worded it from a past tense perspective. As if to say, here's what I learned, now try to learn it too. 

But I haven't learned it. It is not something I've mastered and I wept because I knew someone that weekend needed to know that.

I wanted so bad to separate myself from what I knew my God was telling me to communicate. I wanted to be the identifier, not the identified. 

But I did it anyway.

I changed "came" to "come", "began" to "begin", "saw" to "see" and "He was" to "He is". I told the congregation I was stuck in the midst of this very concept, too deep in to turn back, yet too far away from hope to swim faster.

I was right there with them, whoever them was. It could have been anybody that day, that didn't matter. 

What mattered was that they knew they weren't alone. And the girl who sings about freedom and hope and peace could relate with their bondage and despair and unrest. 

Two months later, at a women's retreat, that someone found me. 

She came to me, with timidity and tears, and said, "When you spoke, a couple months ago about surrendering to God because of who He is to you, you eluded to your miscarriage and I heard it. It was brief but I know you said those words for me. I needed to hear that someone else felt what I was feeling and that they still worshipped God. But mostly, that I was going to be okay. Thank you." 

As a worship leader, you may see a wide array facial expressions and hands in pockets, but you can't see the brokenness that is being mended inside the souls of those faces. 

As a worship leader, you may think you're choosing a song or a verse or a hymn because it fits the right key or it's the newest, coolest thing, but you can't see how it is giving words to the groans in someone's spirit. 

And this can ripple beyond the Sunday morning setting:

As a co-worker, you may be afraid of what your team mates might think of your encouragement, but you don't know how much they need it that day. 

As a neighbor, you never know what a plate of cookies can do for the soul and happiness of a lonely widow(er) or single parent. 

As a parent, you may feel like you are showing grace and love to a brick wall most of your adolescent's existence, but you can't predict what they'll remember when life thrashes them around. 

As a spouse, the negative may be highlighted in your marriage right now, but you can't yet see just how much your unconditional love and purposeful kindness can change even the hardest of hearts. 

Leading worship is more than a weekend gig when you let your church know you are real. 

Being a Christian is more than a weekend gig when you let the world know you are real. 

Ponder for the rest of the week: How can we be real this weekend? 

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"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort." 2 Corinthians 1:3-7


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