Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Leading Songs in Worship & Congregational Leadership
I remember when I took up the pastorate more than 10 years ago, I told the elders of the church that I would be in charge of worship for the simple reason that the presence of God is experienced through worship and the pastor is there to ensure everything goes well according to the Lord's will. You do it right, God is enthroned in the praises of His people. You do it wrong, following human traditions, God will be absent for God will not show Himself to those whose hearts are far from him and a kind of worship that is by human precepts and rote. I attended almost every worship rehearsal for the first 3 years of my pastorate though we have a lay-leader in charge of the worship team. On the Sunday I would worship along the congregation and when moved by the Spirit, I would lead a song or two myself before and after preaching in praise of the name of our God. I preached in my homechurch last February and we sang Ku mahu cinta Yesus and the glory of the Lord descended upon us and many wept for joy and conviction of the Holy Ghost. I preached on Father's Day and we sang Hosanna Termulia a translation of a Hillsong, Hosanna in the Highest. The presence of God was strong and I prayed for 30 people who came forward to renew their commitment to the Lord and have their petitions brought before the Lord with the pastor-preacher supporting them in prayers and intercession.
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