Finding New Music for Worship, Then and Now

My wife and I were in the car, listening to the Spotify playlist I put together from my last NoCamo post. As we drove along, I marveled aloud about the difference between finding new music today as opposed to, say, 30 years ago. Continue reading “Finding New Music for Worship, Then and Now”

Scriptures for Praise and Worship on 100211

Here is a preview of the songs we will be singing during worship tomorrow morning and the corresponding scriptures …

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Scriptures for Praise and Worship on 092511

Today our youth praise band, praise team, and RESONATE youth choir are leading us in worship. I love when they get the opportunity to lead. We are blessed with some talented musicians in our church, and I am thankful that they are willing to use their talents and abilities to the glory of God.

These are the verses from the Word of God that are found in the songs we are singing today at church…

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Scriptures for Praise and Worship on 091811

This Sunday, our church is participating in National Back to Church Sunday, an opportunity to invite the unchurched and de-churched to be a part of OUR church. In light of this, the songs we will be singing during worship have been selected to be familiar to most.

The following are the scripture verses found throughout the songs we will be singing this Sunday…

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Memorable Worship Part 2 – Louisville, KY, late 1990s

This post is Part 2 of the Memorable Worship series. You can find the introduction in Part 1 here.

While I was working on my degree at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY, I spent some time attending St. Matthews Baptist Church. They were planning what they called an International Reconciliation Conference. All I knew about it was that there were people coming in from all over the world to be in attendance. Continue reading “Memorable Worship Part 2 – Louisville, KY, late 1990s”

Some Insight

Someone asked me the other day what being a worship pastor meant to me. I’ve been thinking more and more about the question ever since.

As I was getting ready to sing a song Sunday morning, it dawned on me what I should have said. The song was “Praise You In the Storm” by Casting Crowns. I was thinking through the words. I thought of the storms that I have weathered in my life by the grace of God. I thought about the fact that God does not promise the Christian a life of ease, but promises to be faithful to complete the good work within us. I prayed that I would be able to convey even a portion of these truths to my church.

Then it hit me. That is the essence of my calling. To show the people I serve the message behind the song. To open my heart to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and then show my heart to my congregation. That is what being a worship pastor means to me.