Sing to the Lord a new song,
His praise from the ends of the earth!
Joyfully Entering 2018! It is with great joy and thanksgiving that I write this beginning-of-the- year blog! Many of you already received my newsletter with my year end update (you can read that here), but I wanted to write specifically to my church & ministry family.
What I’ve been doing …
After coming off of the mountaintop experience of the Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts (2016), I felt a real call to first, ‘wash the feet of the intercessors’ at our church by working with our prayer leaders to expand the ministry of Intercessory Worship. These times were led by both prayer and worship leaders mingling worship with prayers of intercession for our church and city. We shared many powerful moments together as the word of the Lord (and the song of the Lord) came forth in our midst. This birthed a new season of holding regular nights of worship and prayer ministry for our church body and beyond.
2017 also brought the call to pour into the artists and songwriters here at Christ Community Church. I was surprised to discover 15+ proficient & budding writers in our mid-sized church who were ready to run with this together! My heart has been to encourage the release of the song-of-the-Lord in this season for our body and for our community. Be looking ahead for an upcoming night of “Songs Arising From The Church” where we will celebrate the release of this new song!
It has also been my heart to create space for the artists and visual artists in our midst who feel called to both create and show their work as an offering & expression of worship, prophetic worship, blessing, and testimony. Christ Community has shown some of their work this past year and many have contributed to our Artist Blog where artists are encouraged to share their stories, projects, their hearts of worship, and the ‘working out of their gifts’ as they seek to give back to the Lord what He has invested in them by way of their creative gifting and calling. It has been a blessing to watch the song writers and artists gain confidence in their gifts and in their ‘listening’ and ‘co-creating’ with the Holy Spirit. It is a process of learning and discerning, but in my estimation worth it!
I’ve also dedicated much of my time to pouring into the next generation of worship leaders, musicians, and artists in our midst. My heart for this next generation is that they might receive the encouragement they need in their gifts and be equipped & unleashed for Kingdom work.
“… until I declare Your strength to this generation and Your power to all who are to come …”
I am currently preparing for our upcoming e4 Worship Seminar where we will be encouraging and equipping worship team leaders, team members, and those interested in serving on worship teams. This seminar will also include encouragement for those with creative gifts including song writing and visual arts. More details as well as registration information coming soon!
Friends, I am more and more convicted that we are to use the gifts that have been given to us for the good and healing of our communities, the world, and beyond. To that end, I want to share a couple of videos with you of new music from this past year as well as Highlights from ‘A Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts.’
HIGHLIGHTS: from A Night of Hope and Reconciliation
I also update my social media profiles somewhat regularly 😊