Worship Leadership As Pastoral Ministry

Hey everyone! Long time, no blog! Re: my last blog entry  about our upcoming family changes, we have turned in our first round of paperwork today and finishing up our remaining classes this month as prospective foster parents. We would appreciate your continued prayer and support. Stay tuned on the blog for more updates as we get them!

In the meantime, I had a few thoughts that I wanted to contribute concerning the topic of worship. As much as I lead worship, you’d think these kind of thoughts would be overflowing, but they aren’t really. But one of the things that is (rightfully) getting talked about more and more in the worship blog “scene” is the idea worship leadership as a form of pastoral ministry. So, I thought I would add my thoughts to the pile and share a little bit of my heart concerning this topic.

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Sunday AM Set List 7/13/14

Hey everyone!

It was another great worship service last week at Tomball Bible Church. We had Pastor Skeet back with us after being out last week with our Honduras team. It was an awesome team of volunteers on deck as well. Really fun for me as leader to hear everyone singing too! Great time worshiping our amazing God together!

Here were the songs we sang:

Opening Set –

“Here For You” by Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman &  Tim Wanstall
Get the Chris Tomlin version on Amazon Mp3 here.

This was a new tune for TBC, but it is one of my favorites that I brought with me from Baton Rouge. I have been doing this one for about a year and a half, and it has become my go-to opener. I read Psalm 100 to open the service because it is such a great, biblical call to worship. This song, like Psalm 100 focuses on the reason why we gather together to sing. It’s the worship of God. Just as in the temple worship of the Old Testament, we should come into the house of God together with thanksgiving and joy in our hearts proclaiming that we are here for God, to praise his name. I love this as a call to worship because it speaks of the activity of God through the Holy Spirit to move in the midst of our worship.

“Forever Reign” by Jason Ingram & Reuben Morgan (Hillsong)
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

A great tune to remind us that even in our sin, when there is nothing good in us, God has shown his kindness to us. As I was preparing for this set, I was going over the passage in Genesis 3, which served as the text of Skeet’s message. Though we sinned and fell, God continued to be good and gracious to us, and ultimately, he would provide a way back to Him through Christ. This song serves as a wonderful response to that radical goodness of God demonstrated to us in Christ.

I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the World, forever reign

Message: “Origins: Fall” – Skeet Alderson
Genesis 3
You can listen to it here.

Second Set –

“Marvelous Light” by Charlie Hall
We did the soft arrangement, which you can get here.

This is a softer, more ambient version of the song “Marvelous Light.” This rendition exchanges the lyrics of the verses for a simpler refrain:

I may be down, but I will rise
Where there is dark, God is light.

It then moves into the normal lyrics of the song. I like this arrangement as a more reflective take on a wonderful truth. Coming out of Communion, having had an opportunity to reflect on the Scriptures concerning the Fall in Genesis 3 and about our sinfulness in light of God’s holiness, it seemed like a perfect response for us who have received the gospel.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Once we were fallen, in utter darkness, but by God’s grace through Christ Jesus, we have been called into His marvelous light! Praise God!

“Lord I Need You” by Daniel Carson, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, and Jesse Reeves
We played the Chris Tomlin Version, which you can get here.

This is a song loosely based on “I Need Thee Every Hour” and took inspiration from the refrain of the 150+ year old hymn. Confronted with the reality of our sinfulness, this song of confession of our continual need for God in every circumstance fit well with the rest of the morning. This song is a great anthem for all believers,

“We Believe” by Matthew Hooper, Richie Fike, & Travis Ryan
We do the FIKE arrangement of this killer song. That one is tough to get right now, because it hasn’t made its way online yet. You can download the Newsboys version, but I am not gonna link it, because it is way less cool 😉

This song has made its way on to Christian radio via the Newsboys, so many have now heard it. Richie Fike, one of the songwriters is a buddy and an amazing worship leader. His version is on his upcoming live album “More Than Anthems.” Look for it soon. This song is like so many of the ancient creeds and confessions of our faith, distilling essential Christian tenets into a powerful statement of faith. My favorite part is the bridge, a bold prayer that asks:

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised
In the here and now, let love invade
Let the church live loud, our God will save
We believe! We believe!

And the gates of hell will not prevail
For the power of God has torn the veil
Now we know Your love will never fail
We believe! We believe!

AMEN! It’s my prayer as a leader that those lyrics would stir up our hearts to live out boldly those truths every day!

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