“Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything.” – Hebrews 13:18

January 1, 2017

 I don’t often post articles and blogs written by others here in this space, but when I read the following post from David Manner, I felt compelled to share it with you.  This list of 20 ways we can pray for our worship teams is excellent and it reflects my own heart regarding our team here at ROSBC.  My hope is that as we enter a new year of worshiping together you might commit to praying for us as a team, and that this list might guide those prayers.  I’m truly excited for what God is going to do amongst us, and I’m honored to worship alongside each of you.  You can find the original post here.

 

Ways to Pray for Worship Leaders:

  1. Pray that they never sacrifice their family for ministry since their family is their ministry.

  2. Pray for them to prepare for Sunday by focusing on worship as primary and music as secondary.

  3. Pray that they will help us focus more on the creator and less on their creativity.

  4. Pray that Scripture and Prayer instead of song selections frame their worship preparation.

  5. Pray for healthier ministry staff relationships.

  6. Pray that their days off and vacations provide rest that is free from church responsibilities.

  7. Pray for their spiritual, physical, and emotional health.

  8. Pray that they’ll be able to sift through the many responsibilities that compete for their attention and focus on the ones God wants them to do.

  9. Pray for them to wake up every morning feeling unqualified in their own power to do what God has called them to do.

  10. Pray Ephesians 4:29 over them, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

  11. Pray for them to daily recommit to their call here instead of dreaming about what it might be like to be there.

  12. Pray they never confuse leading music with leading people.

  13. Pray for them to have enough humility to engage us as participants instead of audiences.

  14. Pray for the protection of their marriages.

  15. Pray for trusted leaders to hold them accountable and protect them.

  16. Pray for their almost insurmountable task of trying to stay current musically, technologically, and culturally.

  17. Pray for a great cloud of witnesses to surround them so they can fix their eyes on Jesus and run with endurance.

  18. Pray that they will have the courage to ignore the loudest voices

    if not God’s.

  19. Pray for their wisdom to select old and new songs that will help us respond to God’s revelation with biblical, theological, and doctrinal integrity.

  20. Pray that they will have patience and persistence when it seems like none of us are completely happy with their musical selections.

 

NEWS AND NOTES:

  • We will resume Kid’s Praise and Vocal Team rehearsals on Wednesday, January 11th

  • Starting January 8th at 5:00pm we will begin a new Sunday evening series entitled “Back to Basics,” in which we will spend 6 weeks exploring Thom Rainer’s book “I Am a Church Member”.  Copies of the book are available for purchase and are 5.00 each.  It is not necessary to purchase a copy but is encouraged for all those who anticipate participating in the study.  See Jonathan for any questions.

  • Save the Date:  Saturday, January 21st will be our annual Worship Team Advance.  We will meet at 6:00 in the Youth Building with all members of our team to eat, fellowship, and dream together as we plan out new ways to worship in 2017.  Sandwiches and drinks will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite desserts/snacks.

In His Service,

Jonathan Hendrickson

Assoc./Worship Pastor

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