When leading worship

I was working on a project tonight with some music playing in the background and my mind wandered to our worship team at church. Most are young and still growing spiritually. I consider it a blessing to be able to pour into them what has been poured into me, but it can be frustrating at times. As I thought about some recent discussions I had with a few of them, I felt compelled to write an email to them. Below is what I wrote, and I felt it needed to be shared.
When you sing or play, as we lead the church into worship together, be confident in the words that are being sung.
Understand that this is truth being spoken into every ear that hears, every mind that listens and every heart that it reaches.
Take a moment and forget what you have practiced.
Forget the melody.
Forget the harmony.
Forget the chords.
Forget the rhythm.
Seek the truth in the song.
Get lost in it.
Let the Spirit lead you to sing a new song, one that has been given to you and no one else.
Let Him lead you to play a new chord, one that you have never practiced.
Let His presence define a new rhythm, one that has not been heard before.
What He does in that moment is unique to what He is doing at that time.
It cannot be mimicked, cannot be duplicated.
But if you seek Him and His truth, and you will find it and it will be new and refreshing.

Video from #PCNAK

I plan on doing a decent write-up of PCNAK this year and the twitter frenzy that many of us took part in. But until i get a chance to do that, here are some videos from this year’s worship services. I only have video from Friday and Sunday. Apologies to Northwest and Southeast worship teams.

Northeast Worship Team

Southwest Worship Team

SVB covers “This is Life”

Back in November Fusion took it’s monthly meeting up to Long Island, NY. Siby Varghese Band led worship and the Fusion Drama team did a small skit. It was a great time of worship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in LI. This is one of the songs from that night. “This is Life” is a song I first heard about 5 or 6 years ago and it has never failed to speak to my heart. Below are the lyrics and SVB’s cover of this wonderful song.

Eyes can’t see the way you hold me
Or how I’m hidden in Your heart
Minds don’t know all You’ve told me
Or how I ache for where You are

It’s invisible to the world
Incredible to the angels
Not since Eden have they seen this sight
Everlasting life

You are all over,
You are around,
You are inside
This is life, this is life

I come in empty, I leave filled
Bring my sickness, I leave healed
Broken-hearted, You mend every piece
I come in captive, I leave free

“This is Life” by Laura Woodley-Osman

This is Life