Music and Worship: Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Here is a brief recap of some of the songs that we used to worship God through this past Sunday, and some notes from one of our worship leaders, John McCall, on preparing our hearts to lead others into worship. Also included below are some of the scriptures that inform the songs sung on Sunday.
We hope you are encouraged and uplifted as you read and watch below!
“How do we as Worship Leaders prepare ourselves to lead our
church in praising God?”
Main Prayer Focus:
Matthew 15:32 - I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way. Holy Spirit, cause us to feel as Jesus felt; to have compassion and as a result stop and care for those in need, who are being oppressed or who have been afflicted. Lord we know that this benevolence cannot be crafted from our own will, for if we try we will become bitter and burned as a result. True restoration, healing, and redeeming power can only come from you – and so we pray as you have instructed [to] therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.We need your grace to receive faith, faith to understand what it is that we’ve been given so that we may share it in return.
Things to consider as a Band:
Are we prepared to ask God for the impossible? To seek that which moved Jesus to compassion in order to respond in faith to see the lost found and the sick healed? Have we sought out in supplication, earnest prayer, to be filled and stirred by the Holy Spirit in hopes to be used by God to show compassion to someone you know at work, school, or otherwise that they might see Jesus as the True Son of God?
How do the Songs Support the Message:
We open this morning with a call to worship asking the Holy Spirit to make us more aware of what He is doing now and what He is planning to do in us and through us. We declare in Faith that what is impossible for man is possible for God. That Shepherd-less sheep would find adoption, the oppressed be lifted up to His side, the afflicted shown that Christ became their victim so they would have victory in His scares – not theirs!
The Scripture/Story behind the songs:
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 2:1-32)
Come Alive (Dry Bones)
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” (Ezekiel 37:1-9)
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Awake My Soul
How Deep The Father's Love
But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)