What you see from the stage is everything in worship leadership. And what you see from that stage has everything to do with what you want to see, need to see, or have learned to see.
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When you are on a stage, you have to see the congregation in front of you as infinitely more than an audience or a crowd.
Intimacy with God is often found in the midst of our greatest pain and suffering. And it’s then that we need simple songs that can give us words to pray when words fail us. This collaboration gives language to the heart looking for a place of intimacy and rest – in the arms of the Father.
In Your Arms
Sam Yoder | Erica Sharlow | Dan Wilt
| Verse 1 |
Peace, God of peace
You wrap me in your jealous arms
Near, you hold me near
You walk me through the great unknown
| Prechorus |
God, my heart rests in you (2x)
| Chorus |
In your arms
I where I belong
Your love is my everything
In your arms
I’m weak but you’re strong
Your grace is enough for me
| Verse 2 |
Joy, God of joy
You turn all my loss to gain
Trust, I will trust
There could be no other way
| Bridge |
Neither death nor life
Could separate me from your loving arms
There are no depths nor heights
That reach beyond your
Your everlasting arms
SONGWRITING SESSION VIDEO >
Every week, every worship leader has the hard task of choosing one song that will open the set and provide a spiritual and musical on-ramp to the rest of the worship experience. What if you tried something unexpected – like repeating the same opening song each week for a season?
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You’re planning your next set asking the same kinds of hard questions you always do, in a similar order. One in particular leads the way…
The year is 1984, and George Orwell’s dystopian future has not come to pass. A 50-year old musician’s career has reached an all-time low. A song he is about to write, rooted in a word that is thousands of years old, will rise like a phoenix from his creative ashes – flying right into the popular consciousness of a generation.
He is sitting on the floor of his hotel room in New York City, clad in only his underwear, with numerous lyric-filled notebooks strewn around him. He is banging his head on the floor as he struggles to complete a song for which he has 80 draft verses; a song that has been stuck inside him for at least two years.
As worship leaders, we are often looking for a secret key that will make us more effective at what we do. But the answer to being more effective at leading worship hasn’t changed. It never will.
In my experience, we as worship leaders will do almost anything else in order to avoid mastering the following two areas. I know that I do. When they come together, however, there is a quiet increase in effectiveness and authority in one’s worship leadership.
What are the two things that every worship leader must master to become the most effective worship leader we can be?