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~

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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.

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 =)