the Season of Summer

I have to admit, I am really excited about what’s in store for the rest of the summer. Though I have been busy,  summer can be those times of chilling’ and laying back to relax … actually REST comes to mind =) For me, there has been a bit of rest — rest in my soul, rest through working (yes, it can be done!).  But more so, sometimes it’s a call to rest in His presence — even for just a bit.

One of the ways that we are practicing “rest” in our church is by having an ALL ACOUSTIC worship service.  Now by Acoustic, I don’t just mean acoustic instruments (guitar, upright bass, etc.) but literally UNPLUGGED ;) Allow me to explain.
Our church is pretty typical of a church plant in Southern California. We meet every Sunday morning in a School in North Oceanside, setting up chairs and sound equipment and, well, everything for one service at 9:30.  It’s a really great dynamic, being able to set up and serve in that way. But it’s also a lot of work — we decided about a month ago to try to really peel things back.

The message was about being able to focus in and rest in God’s Presence — no distractions — and we came to the thought that one of the ways we could do that was have the service completely unplugged. No microphones, no “sound”, no media-shout, NOTHING! completely “old school” (for lack of a better description). A chance not only to challenge our church family with the experience of a different service, but also (since we are a plant) letting our volunteers who tirelessly set up sound and the technical aspects of our service, REST.
Needless to say, Our church loved it. Our worship team did too ~ There really is nothing like singing “campfire” style with just your voice and guitars with your church, encircled around you. The presence of God is there ~ after all He sings over us, no matter what kind of music we make =)   I challenge you to do the same.

Zephaniah 3:17

New International Version (NIV)

17 The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Living By Grace Alone, waiting for Heaven, my Home,

~a~

Who’s all still here?

Hey everyone =) Just wanted to see if we can breathe some life back into this old blog ~ is anyone still out there and willing to write, share, encourage and discuss?

I am currently leading worship with my husband at a church plant in Southern California. I stumble and fumble along the way … it’d be great to not be alone =) hope we can revive some discuss.

For now, I am planning our Christmas Service, and it’s a bit different, since we are a church plant, we have a very limited congregation (so that means limited peeps, resources etc, etc.) but we’ll be doing some stuff with the kids ministry and our youth band, so excited about that … looking for Christmas music that’s NOT cheesy and can be easily replicated all acoustic style ~ if anyone has any suggestions I’d love to hear!

Thank you for all you do for the kingdom! Let’s do this together =)
love, a.

Our Role as Worship Leader

I wrote this post at my blog and wanted to share it here:

What’s our role as the worship leader?

Matt Craig writes:

“[The worship leader’s] job is to bring order (when needed) and provide the best possible opportunity and environment for us to worship.”

In a previous paragraph, he reminds us that we as worship leaders:

  • Cannot lift the hearts of those taking part in the worship to God
  • Cannot refresh their souls
  • Cannot satisfy their thirst for God

Only each individual can do that with the Holy Spirit’s enabling.

As worship leaders, we must focus on what God calls us to do, but nothing more. No sense in carrying burdens we weren’t intended to carry. There is freedom in knowing and living that, praise God!

You can download the rest of Matt‘s document containing these quotes here. He also has other resources available on this page.

Share your thoughts here.

More from Worship Leader Laura Story

In the following video, Laura Story and her husband share their testimony of God’s faithfulness through difficulty:

How Do YOU Worship?

Rachel is a passionate follower of Christ, wife to the man she’s totally in love with, mommy to the two cutest kids ever, piano teacher, pianist, worshipper, singer & songwriter. Her blog is Living the Blessed Life.
(The original post can be found here.)

worship.jpg What is worship? This is a question that has been weighing on mind for quite a while now. I have been pondering writing down my thoughts on it for some time also, but was unsure until confirmation to my doubt on this subject came recently.  My personal quest for intimacy with God has caused me to come face to face in my own life with this question regarding worship and what exactly it means. And after having my mind renewed regarding this topic, and some researching on the subject,  here are my thoughts.

First of all, I believe that the church today has a confused outlook on what it is. Actually, many have put it into a box, and created nothing more than a  man-made ritual of what it is, what it looks like, and how one should go about it. So, in saying this I am going to share my thoughts on what God has revealed to me personally on what worship is, as well as what it is not. Let’s start with…what worship is not.

1. Worship IS NOT a “music style.” For those whose music tastes do not turn towards the more modern day approach to worship such as contemporary Christian, and praise and worship this is affirmation to you that this does not necessarily make you any more or any less of a worshipper. Although my personal preference regarding my love for praise and worship music itself could cause me to have a narrow minded approach to those who do not share this same taste; I realize, however, that God did not create everyone to love the same things, but He did create us all to love and worship Him.  Whatever way He leads us to do so, is between us and God.  Remember, we are seeking to please HIM.

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Worship Leader/Songwriter Laura Story

Once an aspiring symphony orchestra conductor, Story didn’t even know she could sing – much less write songs – until she was in her early twenties.

The start of Laura Story‘s life in music & God’s call on her life reminds me of my own story, at least thus far, as a flutist being turned into a worship leader & wondering how God will glorify Himself next…

Laura Story wrote the worship song Indescribable (also recorded by Chris Tomlin), and can currently be heard singing Mighty To Save (Hillsong) on Christian radio.

Next week she’ll be leading in worship at the choral festival I’m attending & I look forward to it. I love hearing what God is doing & has done in His children’s lives!

New Look!

Hello, fellow members of Women in Worship & other readers!

Just wanted to ask you to check out the main blog page & see what you think! We’ve changed to a new layout, & would love to know what you think!

Also, if you have something to contribute to the weblog, please do! We’d love to hear from you & that’s what this blog community is for – to have “community” we’ve got to share & relate, & I’d love to get to know all of you better & hear about what God is doing in your lives. :)

If you have any questions about posting, this post may answer them. Also, if you aren’t a member but want to get involved, check this page.

May God bless you as you continue through the week!

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