2014 in numbers + love.

By the end of this year, our worship team will have:

Played 196 services…

Lead 862 songs…

Lead 27 sessions of worship at special events…

Rehearsed for 308 hours in our studios…

Set up and tore down our gear 441 times..

Did 215 sound checks…

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This team works hard, and I’m so proud of them.  And this is why I’m doing what I’m doing with the YEARofWORSHIP.

I’m doing this because God told me to, of course.  But I really love these people.  I love their hearts.  I love how they worship.  And I love how they love each other.

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I really have the best job in the world.

 

 

Forgiven

Brian Johnson – Forgiven

This song has been completely ruining me lately.

At our Good Friday service I struggled to sing any of it with our worship pastor, because I was a crying mess.

When I talked to our lead pastor Andi about doing this song last week to go with her “Forgiven” message, a tiny part of me was hoping she’d say no, because it overwhelms me (in the best possible way).

Thankfully, grace covers my emotion when I need to lead others, but man, I am so wrecked by His love. It makes no sense. It is good and abundant and covers us when we are both ugly and beautiful. When we are something to be proud of, and when we are not. When we are forgiving and unforgiving. When we are holy, when we are worldly. When we are kind and when we are mean. When we are generous and when we are uncharitable. His love always covers us. His love is always overwhelming.

I was listening to the Brooklyn recording of worship on my way to our Union Square service last night and I had an image pop into my head. It was nothing crazy, just an image of what the song is saying, but once again, I cried.

I saw myself at the foot of the cross. Beautiful, whole, and clean, wearing white and flowers, the perfect version of me, crying on the ground, being comforted and embraced by a bloodied, beaten and crucified Jesus.

That might sound a little brutal, but that’s what He did for us.  We are beautiful and perfect and whole because of the cross. It is incredible, and I am undone.

And this is why we worship. How could you not?  How could you contain a love like this?  How could you not be on your knees?  Once you know, you are never the same. Once grace, mercy and love catches you, you are never, ever the same.

God is so so so so so good.

A Song of Victory

My friend Tyler sent me this song a little while ago…  But for some reason, this past week, it’s lit a new fire.

Will Reagan – Take Back

With the Wind at our backs
And in the strength of the Lord
We will rise on the wings of the dawn

We’re gonna take back all the enemy has stolen

With the Wind at our backs
And in the strength of the Lord
We will rise on the wings of the dawn

We’re gonna take back all the enemy has stolen
We’re gonna take back all the enemy has stolen

It’s in the Blood of the One who’s Worthy
I know God has not forgotten all that’s lost and broken
So come and see the turning of the tides
Come and see his sons and daughters rise

For how could He who did not spare His own Son
Not freely give us victory against the darkest of nights

We’re gonna take back all the enemy has stolen
We’re gonna take back all the enemy has stolen

We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell
We’re going to plunder the pits of hell

It’s in the Blood of the One who’s Worthy
It’s in the Blood of the One who’s Worthy

You’re Worthy
You’re Worthy
You’re Worthy
You’re Worthy

 

Proverbs 18:21 says: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”

There is so much power in the words you speak AND the words you sing.  Sing from a place of victory, for the battle has already been won.