who are we? amy h.

Well, so, I am introducing myself!

My name is Amy, I happened upon this blog through Facebook, and I am so glad I did! I just think it’s so great that women, involved and passionate about worshipping, can come together and share/support each other, so I wanted to be involved.

I’ve been involved in worship (@ church singing, on teams) for about 4 years. I didn’t even realize the contemporary worship music existed until that time ~ I was not raised in a church background (I accepted Christ when I was 17, I am 29 now) so alot of the church stuff was weird, and I have grown ALOT in my faith and my understanding of what worshipping God actually means. My husband and I made a BIG move almost 1 year ago to San Diego from Edmonton, Canada (I know, COLD!).
We’ve moved here to pursue music and our dreams and calling. It’s been hard and amazing all at the same time. A little about me: I am a graphic artist by day (which explains why I am attached to the computer, most of the time). I like to write songs, sing, frump on guitar and do pottery when I can. I live 365 steps away from the Pacific Ocean and as often as I can, I go there and just sit and look out across the water ~ I always feel like I can see glimpses of God there.

I wanted to share the story of how I came to find this blog. When we first got here, I was able to be involved in a church on the worship team, where I served for about 7 months. I was asked to be in leadership/leading a team of musicians in the church body (which was on the smaller side) and through the experience (which was challenging to say the least) we ended up moving and leaving, but the reason’s for leaving, were not just moving (does that make sense?).

I love God ~ I mean LOVE Him, I long to serve Him with my whole heart. I believe that each of us has a gift that He’s given, and we’re called to serve His body, and the world with our talents. What I experienced in the last half a year frustrated me, challenged me and made me, NOT want to be involved. I was even MORE impassioned to worship Him, and yet, I felt like people were NOT getting it, that it was a struggle for People to engage, (which, I know could be a number of things) Working with the staff was frustrating too, communication was really fragmented and sometimes non-existent. At the end of the 7 months, I felt very frustrated, and drained emotionally, however, spiritually, I felt more deeply seeking than ever before. I was burdened for the church in prayer and worship and yet I was being pulled away.

Worship is NOT supposed to be complicated, it’s not supposed to be a show ~ it’s supposed to be simple, beautiful, praise to God, right? But how do you (for lack of a better phrase) “teach people to worship God?”

So, trying to keep this short, as I was looking for answers, for what was going on in my life, and how to grow from my experience and learn from it, as opposed to becoming a victim of it. I found this community of women, who are the position of leading worship and are sharing their journeys ~ Praise the Lord!

I want to learn so much from those who are more experienced than me. I want to grow in my walk with God, and worship Him more, every day, in every way, not just music, (altho, I do feel like that’s my love language with Him) but through life.

And that’s me =)

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Amanda
    Nov 16, 2007 @ 00:57:30

    What I experienced in the last half a year frustrated me, challenged me and made me, NOT want to be involved. I was even MORE impassioned to worship Him, and yet, I felt like people were NOT getting it, that it was a struggle for People to engage, (which, I know could be a number of things) Working with the staff was frustrating too, communication was really fragmented and sometimes non-existent. At the end of the 7 months, I felt very frustrated, and drained emotionally, however, spiritually, I felt more deeply seeking than ever before. I was burdened for the church in prayer and worship and yet I was being pulled away.

    Worship is NOT supposed to be complicated, it’s not supposed to be a show ~ it’s supposed to be simple, beautiful, praise to God, right? But how do you (for lack of a better phrase) “teach people to worship God?”

    I relate to this in so many ways…. it’s hard to lead but not get response from people (visibly). I so long to worship God extravagantly but even feel hindered in doing so when worshiping ‘congregationally’ because of how some may react. It’s a shame to have to feel that way, but I do….

    I feel the burden you feel as well. It’s almost a painful longing, when we have no control over anything really & just have to trust God in all that happens!

    I, too, look forward to learning through all of you here & those to come! You could say I’m a worship leader-in-training, & I have so much to learn & work on! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂

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  2. cbgrace
    Nov 20, 2007 @ 16:57:59

    Hi, Well, I don’t lead worship although I am a worshipper. My husband does. I hear what you are saying and can honestly say “I’ve been there” but in a slightly different way. You see, I am a prayer pastor (I guess you would say – one who leads/organizes/teaches on corporate prayer). It seems so difficult at times to get people to catch a kingdom vision and see beyond themselves.

    Change takes time. It rarely happens over days, weeks or even months. The first prayer ministry I worked with took about five years to build and even then some people preferred to do it old school…they just couldn’t comprehend that God might have a different plan.

    If you want to see change happen in a congregation, several things must get into alignment…1. The leadership must be in pursuit of change (the head guy in charge has to want it…if the senior pastors are opposed to change, it will never happen). 2. Corporate intercession must take place (a group or groups of people praying for the church). 3. Vision for change must be conveyed. 4. Heartfelt, true worship must take place.

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