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  • Posted By Word Worship Team | March 04, 2016 | Posted in

     

    Worship. This one word in today’s church culture holds massive connotations. We’ve heard it said over and over again that worship doesn’t equal music and music doesn’t equal worship.

    The reality is, for better or worse, we have created a whole sub-culture of Christian music and have labeled it “Worship.” Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it’s important that we think about the place of music in the church, lest history repeat itself again.

    A significant turning point in my life occurred when I traveled to Jamaica to help lead worship alongside a missionary team. With my acoustic guitar, I played many contemporary songs that were very well known back in the United States.

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | February 28, 2016 | Posted in Benji and Jenna Cowart

    This is my Papaw's music briefcase. It represents everything that he was as a lay worship leader (or songleader as his Nazarene church would've called it). I remember visiting his church as a little boy and seeing him on the platform, waving his arms to conduct the congregation as they sang hymns out of the hymn book. 


    As I have thought about what we do as worship leaders, I'm becoming more & more convinced that the whole old school idea of conducting (the concept, not the arm waving) is exactly what we need to be thinking about in the how and why of what we do with the music part of our worship...

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | January 21, 2016 | Posted in Meredith Andrews

    "Creator, Keeper, Life-breather
    Your name is greater than anything I face
    Sustainer, Savior, Stronghold breaker
    Your name is greater than anything I face"

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | October 28, 2015 | Posted in Benji and Jenna Cowart

    Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple”

    As soon as we think we’ve come to any “end” of God in any area we quickly realize that there is no end, there is “Only More”.   Whether that be in God’s provision, God’s glory, God’s mercy or any other attribute, there are no limits. God is infinite, therefore, everything about who He is must have no limits.

    When David says in Psalm 27:4 that he wants to dwell in the house of the Lord and worship all the days of His life, it’s easy to think that that request seems a little impractical until you’ve had a true encounter with the presence of God.  It only takes one glimpse of who He is to realize that He has no limits and there is nothing that we need that he cannot supply in extravagant abundance.  It is in these moments of God’s presence that we begin to understand that worship is the only antidote to worry.

    We can spend the rest of our days discovering new attributes and expressions of God’s goodness and then spend the rest of eternity thanking Him for those attributes in new ways...and right when we think we’ve said it all we’ll find that there is still more to say because He is always more.

     

     

     

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | October 06, 2015 | Posted in Zealand Worship

    Watch this new video put out by the guys in Zealand Worship. It was their passion to create a version to this powerful song that captured the celebratory nature of the thought that God is a Good Good Father.

  • Posted By Word Worship Team | February 15, 2013 | Posted in Benji and Jenna Cowart

    My pastor here at the Chapel is an excellent communicator. He truly has a gift of teaching that really leaves you with one truth or idea to walk away with. I’ve known him for twelve years now and I have had the privilege of watching him grow and improve as a speaker. Just recently in our staff meeting, he gave us some insights into how he goes about prepping his message. As I listened, I was a bit floored by how relevant much of what he was saying is for the process of writing a good song. So I just want to pass along some questions and some points to consider..

    I. CONTEXT
    Who am I talking to?
    What is the proper communication context?
    “The one communication style that has never gone out of style is conversation” Hadden Robinson
    “Talk with people, not at them”

    II. CONTENT
    Am I starting from an idea or a text? (or a melody for songwriters)

    Specific thoughts about writing from text of scripture:

    - Read and then re-read the text over and over again.
    - Read multiple versions/translations to look for the emerging big idea and interesting ways to communicate the idea
    - Do a word study of the words from the text.
    - What did that word or text mean to those with was written to at the time it was written?
    - What was the context that would have framed how those people would have heard that text in their time?
    - What questions does the text bring up for the hearer?
    - If you were to have a conversation about the text, how would that conversation play out chronologically? (Basically, imagine the flow of the conversation)

    Specific thoughts about writing from an idea:
    Three questions to ask:

    - “What?” - (this often but not always plays out in the form of a verse)
    - “So What?” - (this often but not always plays out in the form of pre-chorus and sometimes chorus)
    - “Now What?” – (this often but not always plays out in the form of the chorus and/or the bridge)

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