Posted in God, hands and feet, Jesus, living a life of worship, my thoughts, serving people, the church, worship

Thoughts on Worship and God

Zac spoke about worship on Tuesday night and about how when we worship NO ONE misses out on Jesus and who He is.  


I had some thoughts that came to me after hearing his word.  So, enjoy my thoughts.

It makes me sad the number of people who do not know the joys of a relationship with God, through Jesus. 
It is the greatest relationship anyone could ever hope to have.  He heals all the hurts in our lives and has promised us joy and life on the other side of physical death.  He has promised no more sickness, no more pain, no more suffering, no more poverty.
Who would want to reject that?  
By the same token, we who are already saved have a mandate, a responsibility and mission to be lights to the world.  Shining God’s love into the world.  
We are called to love.  
To be God’s hands and feet in a broken world. 
To those who say, why doesn’t God intervene in the world’s suffering? 
Well here’s the answer:  where God does not intervene is where humans are turning a blind eye.  WE are the ones who are responsible for doing God’s work here on earth.  And if nothing is happening to help those who are oppressed, it’s because WE aren’t doing enough. 
Do not blame God.  He has called US to work good in the lives of His people and if we do not, we are at fault.  
Not God.  Never God.
So, remember.  When we worship, live lives of worship, NO ONE misses out on Jesus.
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Posted in my thoughts, the apostles creed, worship

The Year of Worship Music

The songs of God coming out of Australia’s churches (and some other worship tunes)

This year I’ve really latched onto the songs coming out of the worship teams of Australian Churches, namely Hillsong and my own church home, Riverview. 

Hillsong released their latest album in July, No Other Name.  Including the title track, I really felt that the whole album spoke to the truths of God.  The one that has become closest to my heart, though. The closest to bringing me even closer to God is This I Believe (The Creed).  It is based on the famous Apostles Creed, which is a declaration of what we, as Christians, believe.  (See below)

Just this weekend the youth team at my church has released their very first worship project – Kingdom Come EP.  It amazes me the blessing of God over the gifts of the worshippers in the youth community.  It gives me such a sense of joy that I know can only come from God.

The four tracks on the EP are just a sample of what God is saying through song in the whole of our church. 

Elevation Worship.  This is the new team I’ve been listening to.  They’re based at Elevation Church in the U.S and their album Only King Forever has resonated for me.  We have sung Glorious Grace here at my church and it was due to that that I looked for more of their music. 

One track that really resonates with me is Glory is Yours, particularly the bridge:

Oh God, the glory is Yours
The kingdom is come and the battle is over
Jesus, in Your name we rise
And the glory is Yours, the glory is Yours

And the chorus:

Nobody beside You
There has never been anyone, anything like You
Nobody beside You
There will never been anyone, anything like You

Not really much that needs to be said about that.  They speak for themselves.

So, just to end this blog, here’s THE APOSTLES CREED

I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Posted in personal, working with children, worship

Work. Behaviour management. Argh

Imagine you have nine four year old children two of them who won’t listen.  One of those two is the instigator, the other is a follower.  What would you do?

I’m almost at the stage of tearing my hair out and it’s only Wednesday lunchtime.  The threat of not joining in play sessions etc doesn’t seem to work and I honestly do not know what I should be doing.  I feel out of my depth, even though I’ve known these children the whole time they’ve been at the centre.

It’s amazing to stop and think that I’ve been at the centre for almost three years.  It feels like a lot shorter.  But, seeing the children puts a stop to that thought.  A lot of them were in the baby room when I started. 

Crazy, eh?

Lovely story though: Yesterday afternoon as I was leaving work, the big boss’ son called out bye to me, and his dad said he liked how he greets me.  I live for those moments. 

Though, after last night’s session on Worship at team night, I feel that I need to alter my attitude a little more.  I still have moments where I feel mad toward the children, but then I think that’s not what Jesus would feel.  If I have a servant heart in my daily work, and do it all for God’s glory…my perspective will change. 

Everything I do should be for the children.  For the centre.  And ultimately for He who created us. 

That will be my prayer, daily.  That I will worship God in everything I do.

Amen.