Worship Matters – 9.14.08

We had a great day yesterday. We welcomed our new senior pastor to the church and did some really special things in worship. I was so grateful for the way that our team handled the day. They did an awesome job from start to finish. We had tons of energy in the house and there was a real sense of excitement as we worshipped.

It was a rallying point for our church. It’s been a tough year and it was great to celebrate together yesterday. There are many moments that stick out to me…the band nailing “Joyful, Joyful…” like never before, “We Will Remember”, “Hosanna” which totally rocked and Kim singing “I Am Not Ashamed.”

We also shared a song that has become a real favorite of our church called “Thou, O Lord.” It’s an amazing song taken from Psalm 3. Musically it is very dynamic and calls for both nuance and power. Here is a portion of the lyric:

Many are they increased that troubled me, many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, ‘There is no help for him in God.’

But Thou, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the lifter of my head. Thou, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the lifter of my head.

Some of our team at work.

Some of our team at work

One of my goals is for every single service to be just like yesterday. I’m working to build into our people the commitment that every weekend we have to give the same effort to our ministry. Yesterday was a great benchmark for that and I hope that we keep up that same sense of energy in the weeks to come.

Our band really smoked yesterday. I was so proud of them. They have come light years in the last several months. Most of them are working very hard and I am grateful for their leadership. I hope to see everyone raise their game and intensity over the coming weeks. We have started the journey…now, let’s pull together and make the rest of the trip! The sky is the limit but it will take all of us working hard.

Our choir was awesome yesterday. There were so many of them….the way they come out each week amazes me. I hope for them, too, that over the coming weeks they will keep up this level of ministry. It takes all of us to operate at or near 100% and I pray that the Lord will continue to develop that sense of urgency in them.

I leave you today with the audio of our choir singing “Thou, O Lord” on Sunday, September 14, 2008. Be Blessed!

[audio https://briantabor.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/03-track-03-1.mp3]

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