I am grateful to have been part of the worship team we lovingly called "Mosaic".
Mosaic... thank you for your service. I wish many blessings upon you in your continued service to the Lord. -Marlene C. Bertrand
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Memories of a Worship Leader
For almost four years, I served as a worship leader for one of our church’s evening ministry programs. It was a lot of fun and I had the pleasure of working with amazingly talented musicians.
What a blessing it was for me to work with vocalists and instrumentalists who came together to sing, play and worship the Lord. And, while it was a blessing to be among such talented people, it was somewhat challenging for me to be a leader among people who, for the most part, knew a thing or two more about music than I did. At times, I felt insecure and longed for more direction. At times, I even felt abandoned and pleaded with the Lord to give me more encouragement and more talent. You see, I took my position seriously and, like most people serving the Lord, I wanted to be the best I could be in my service to Him. Sometimes, I felt my best wasn’t good enough, yet somehow at the end of each worship session, I knew the Lord was right there with me, carrying me through – forcing me to forget about myself and whether or not I felt up to the challenge. As a worship leader, I was merely a channel through which the Lord could show His Majestic nature. In working through someone like me, He showed me and others that worshiping Him is not so much about talent as it is about being present and devoting ourselves to Him – mind, body, and soul.
Anyone Can Serve
Those who looked at me and saw my limited skill level saw not what the Lord intended. They missed the point; they missed the message that ANYONE has all the skill they need to worship the Lord. Anyone can lead in worship. After all, worship is not to be done for people; it is to be done for the Lord.
When the Lord calls you to serve, He will give you all the tools you need to be successful. Hold firmly to that thought.
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The worship leader is merely the one standing at the front, orchestrating the selection of songs so that everyone in the congregation is singing the same song, worshiping in union for the glorious sound the Lord loves to hear. If the Lord is happy and proud of His anointed one, then who can come up against that? Do you agree?
Service May be Temporary
When my home was sold and I moved away from the area, through a series of events, I was able to hand the worship leader reins over to an extremely talented musician. Nick Johansen filled the position and serves to a level that I am sure pleases the Lord to no end. I realize now that my worship leader position was temporary – until such time that Nick would be prepared to step in and lead worship with a long-term passion and dedication that the Lord deems worthy of maintaining.
Accept the Challenge to be a Worship Leader
The truth is, we don’t know what the Lord’s ultimate plan is for our life, and all we really know is that the Lord has our best interest at heart. If you have been asked to lead worship for your church or ministry, then I encourage you to accept the position. Fear not. Know that you have been chosen for a reason. Do not look at yourself and judge yourself as worthy or unworthy. Do not look for motives. Just go for it! Perhaps, your service in the position will be long-term. Perhaps, it will be a temporary position until such time as the Lord can prepare another person to take on a more permanent position. In any event, certainly, it is worth giving your best effort.
Attitude is Everything
With the right attitude, while you are growing as a worship leader, others are growing in their own devotion through you – a servant of the Lord Most High. Many blessings to you.
Pray to Your Name
Worship leader Steve Smith and the Brookwood Church Praise Choir sing the 2010 worship song by Don Chapman and Adam Fisher.
With lyrics like, "You're all I have, You're all I need. I'm broken hearted, on my knees, I pray to you... I pray to your name," this is one of those songs that I could sing all day long. Enjoy!