Last week our church youth participated in a week-long seminar hosted by an organization that brings together the youth of 3 congregations. A church leader from out-of-town came and taught two days on how to prepare and present a meditation or message. Then he spent two days on how to prepare and present worship. Then another leader spent Friday teaching young people how to choose a mate according to God's plan. All good stuff.
I attended the two days about worship. I was encouraged. There are things I've wrestled with and worked against for 20 years in this community. The seminar presenter supported many of the things I've tried to help people to see. For so long, I was the only voice saying those kinds of things. This man very powerfully presented some of the cases I've been making for years. Things like: pride is the enemy of worship; it is essential to prepare worship; we are sinning when we use worship leadership to push people around; it is critical that we use the Bible (correctly sited) to lead worship; we should never be deceptive in worship; etc. SO, it was a very positive event for our young people, I think.
Pray for our worship leaders. Satan loves to distract and divide those who are blessed with the capacities to lead worship. May the churches in this area grow in their understanding for worship. May we worship in spirit and in truth!
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