History is full of worship team members…and the future looks bright, too

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(Reprinted from our Worship Arts Newsletter at Neighborhood Church so take that in mind as you read it).

From the Levites of the Old Testament to the medieval canters of European cathedrals, worship team members are a part of our history.  I remember a college paper I wrote about worship music in American Church History.  The most interesting thing I discovered was how common the passion, struggles, and circumstances of worship leaders really are.  There exists a long history of worship and musical servant-leaders who have ministered in different times and places. In other words history proves we are not alone as worship leaders.   

Church musicians and artists have always had to duck for cover because of conflict over everything from church furniture to the use of instruments.  Today, things have not change.  We simply have different labels and technology involved. How about the volume of the sound system being like the  use of an organ in the 18th-century America? Even though wars are not fought over church furniture any longer, today in America we have the challenge of being gracious with the freedom and choices we have.  Our culture is a unique one, in this sense.  We have choices.

We Exist to Worship!

Now that we have more than two worship styles and over six options to worship on a weekend, it is clear that we can freely express our worship as Neighborhood  Church in more than one setting and with the use of various instruments and methods.  The purpose of the Worship Ministry of Neighborhood Church is to  create environments for worship that are biblical, meaningful, and full of God’s transcendence.  Really, this means our job is creating a grand opportunity to do something to support the very reason why people exist.  We exist to worship.  God made us to praise and esteem.

Worship is warfare!

Psalm 8:1-2 says “O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!  Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.”  What I like about this passage is the word strength.  In the Hebrew, this word  for “strength” can be stated as “majesty”, “praise” and certainly that could mean something loud and bold.  When we praise, we are not only doing what we are designed to do, we are stopping the enemy, Satan, in his tracks. We are silencing the lies he spreads and whispers.  Even as babes in Christ, we have the ability to proclaim the strength of God and dispel the evil around us.
Being a worship leader means we lead people in the very act they were made to perform and the result is seeing God feared and revered.   Our foe is stopped in his tracks.

Worship is Forever!

Worship is not a life-style or something you wear.  It is what you and I were born to do both in this life and the next.  It is eternal.  John Piper makes the point that one day missions will cease, but worship will not.  You see, worship is what we really are about.  The whole purpose of missions is not to get people to pray a prayer to get into heaven, but to call more people to become true worshippers of the living God!

Being a part of leading worship means we are engaging people in an eternal activity.  Any picture of heaven painted in the Bible shows us that worship is a big deal up there.  On earth. we have the call to populate heaven with more worshippers of God.

Join the team!

So, worship teams are a part of history and the future.  We are made to worship.  Worship leading is warfare. We are leading people in an act that is eternal.  We want to invite more people to become worshippers.

We also desire to grow our church into a place where our value of worship thrives: We are created for worship, which is the ongoing expression of our love, affection, appreciation, and admiration of God.  This expression is a response to who God is and what he’s done.  This expression takes many forms:  we worship God by knowing, serving, and obeying him;  we worship God by becoming all He designed us to be;  we worship God by experiencing his grace to the maximum.  Our corporate worship is expressed in a variety of ways, including music, prayer, fellowship, and God’s Word.  We strive to make our corporate worship culturally relevant to the people God has called us to reach.

If you are interested in joining our team, I would love to meet you!

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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