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MUSIC FOR THE CHURCH, BY THE CHURCH

By Bobby Smith & Spencer Roth

I love beginnings. Something fresh. Something new. The start of a journey when everything is perfectly packed, unspoiled, and ready for anything. Walt Whitman once said, “Afoot and lighthearted I take to the open road, healthy, free, the world before me.” Well, that is how we started songwriting for our church. We had everything before us, with no expectations or imposing deadlines. Something fresh.

Fast forward a few years and the seed that was planted grew into a full ministry with semi-annual songwriting retreats, weekly co-writes, a full-length record, radio play in fifteen different countries, thousands of downloads, and new culture of worship at our church. God gave the growth.

We were happy. Satisfied. God, however, had more in store and we found ourselves caught in a story only He could write. We were offered an opportunity to go to North Africa to put on concerts and share Jesus with thousands upon thousands of students there. It was honestly hard to believe what was being described with such an unreal opportunity in such a hard-to-reach place, but we just said, yes.

Yes.

So often, God is patient with His people. He calls us, knowing exactly what we need, and waits for obedience. Just a simple yes.

We had never stopped writing music, and we had a stockpile of new songs we wanted to share with the church. We never planned to release something again so soon (less than a year) after our first record. Five songs started to stand out and we got to work recording. This “By Design” EP became a rallying cry for our church as we began singing the songs together in worship and the church came alongside us buying them up to support our trip. It was overwhelming, and wound up making a way for our large team to head there.

We feel that all of the songs off of this EP could be useful depending on your context or the specific need. The three songs that have been most successful for us in our context are Relentless God, Behold, and Mercy.

Relentless God: Relentless God, musically speaking, is a BIG energy song. Heavy electronic synth vibe, but there is tons of room for other instruments to find their place as well. It it’s just an all-out party any time we use this song in worship. In lyrical terms, it is all about our God who chases us down through all of the junk that we can get ourselves into. It’s about his inexhaustible love for his people. I think the music and the lyrics pair well together for a perfect opener for a high energy worship set.

Behold: Behold is another great opener. It’s a fast 6/8 tune, with a nice big full band sound. Musically it’s pretty straight forward and should be easy to fit into any worship context. This song is about the return of our King, Jesus. When we see him, we won’t want to do anything but praise him. I love how triumphant the lyrics to this song are. A lot of songs about seeing Jesus one day are slow ballad-y types and I’m glad this one turned out much more up-tempo and celebratory. This song is another great “one spot” for almost any worship context. Our church loves to sing it!

Mercy: Mercy is a classic “mid-tempo build” song. This song is very dynamic with lots of space for reflection, and spots to speak “into the song”. Most of the time when we use this song in a worship set, we read scripture, or have one of the worship leaders speak some sort of exhortation during an instrumental break. This song is all about our brokenness before a perfect and Holy God and in light of that, how incredible his mercy is. The bridge lyrics are some of my favorite lines we’ve ever written: “Because of what you’ve done, I am a new creation. Because of who you are, I’ll never be the same.” Because of the tempo and the lyrical content, this song works well in a “three spot” right before the sermon, or as a response song.

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The Top 5 Worship Tracks Your Church Should Be Singing This Sunday

Open your congregation’s hearts to God with these popular worship tracks:

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1. What A Beautiful Name

by Hillsong

 

2. Great Are You Lord

by All Sons and Daughters

 

3. This is Amazing Grace

by Phil Wickham

 

4. 10,000 Reasons 

by Yancy Ministries

 

5. Good Good Father

by Chris Tomlin

 

WorshipHouse Media offers only the best in church and worship media. With a range of video illustrations, mini movies, worship song tracks, motion backgrounds, and Christian pictures, we have everything you need to visually bring your message to life.

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10 Things to Remember When Planning Your Christmas Eve Service

The Christmas season is one of the most special and unique times of the year for ministry. You’ll notice your attendance numbers rising and the hearts of those in your congregation opening up, willing to receive a message. Here are 10 things to remember when planning your Christmas Eve Service.

Spread the Word!

1. In the weeks leading up to your Christmas or Christmas Eve service, include announcements at the end of your service, inserts in your bulletins or show promotional videos to excite your congregation about the upcoming service and encourage them to invite others!

Engage Families

2. Get kids involved in the service either through a special song, drama, reading, or children’s choir. Have you checked out the Christmas media on WorshipHouse Kids!?

Don’t Forget About Traditions!

3. Whether you simply light candles across the stage or you fill the entire room with each individual holding a candle, a candle-lighting can be an extremely powerful moment. This is a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and an uplifting escape from the hustle and bustle of the season.

4. Display an Advent wreath in your church. The Advent wreath, four candles on a wreath of evergreen, is shaped in a perfect circle to symbolize the eternity of God. In some churches, four purple candles, one for each week in Advent, are used with one larger white candle in the middle as the Christ candle. During each Sunday of the Advent season, we focus on one of the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy and Peace. The Christ candle is lit on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day reminding Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.

5. Communion is a time to remember. Allow the taking of the communion elements to usher in remembering Christ’s birth and sacrifice for you personally this holiday season.

Enhance Your Service with Imagery

6. Use Christmas Motion Backgrounds. Motion backgrounds are the perfect way to make your time of worship more engaging. WorshipHouse Media offers a variety of options that will not only look good, but tie the entire theme of your service together. Edit lyrics on top of the motions or leave them as-is while singing hymns.

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The Christmas Dilemma Wisemen from Skit Guys Studios

7. Use An Influential Sermon Illustration. One of the easiest ways to make your Sunday sermons memorable is by using an illustration or video to make your point. Illustrations bring clarity to biblical truth turn the ear into an eye so that the congregation can better understand the Word. Shop the Christmas Store on WorshipHouse Media and browse through a variety of Mini-Movies to accompany your Christmas message.

8. Use a Christmas Themed Still Background During the Sermon. Using imagery that portrays the miracle of Jesus birth and the joy of Christmas will complement your message and help you connect to your audience. Browse still backgrounds in the WorshipHouse Media Christmas store!

Plan Ahead! 

9. Christmas is basically like the Super Bowl for a pastor. Here’s something to keep in mind; most people in your congregation have heard the Christmas story many times and we all know… “Jesus is the reason for the season.” And it’s true, He is! But, the same message year after year can start to seem repetitive. The message every year should remain the same, but you need a bit of a creative spin on the way you present it every year to keep the message fresh. SermonSearch.com has over 30,000 sermon outlines that can assist you while planning your Christmas service.

Invite them Back!

10. Chances are, you will see a lot of new faces in your congregation during the holidays and at your Christmas service. Thank them for coming and tell them, “we would love to have you back!” If you have guest slips, make sure they fill them out so that you can stay in touch.

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Father’s Day Tips & Ideas for Church

Here’s a quick Father’s Day history lesson: The first observance of Father’s Day didn’t occur until 1910 at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington. A woman named Sonora Dodd came up with the idea to honor her father who was a Civil War veteran, raising six children alone, after the death of his wife. Dodd proposed a day to honor fathers with religious services, special meals, small gifts and flowers. The first President to support Father’s Day was Woodrow Wilson, but it wasn’t until years later in 1972 that it was established as a permanent annual observance by presidential proclamation.

Although the first Father’s Day was over 100 years ago, many of us still struggle with finding ways to show fathers and father figures just how valued they are. Even churches experience difficulty in producing the perfect Father’s Day service to honor the dads in their congregation. Here you’ll find some helpful Father’s Day ideas for church, including sermon ideas, video tips, and other ways to honor dads.

Preach an Encouraging Message for Dads

A dad may wear many hats, but he’ll first and foremost be a father. Use the holiday to remind fathers of their crucial roles in creating and sustaining a spiritually healthy environment for their children. There are plenty of Bible passages that highlight the place of fathers in guiding their families to become developing believers. You can find Father’s Day sermon ideas on SermonSearch.com.

Honor All Kinds of Dads

Dads come from different backgrounds and are at different stages of life, and you may very well have one of each in your place of worship on Father’s Day. Keep that in mind as you make your plans.

Use a Dad-and Christ-Honoring Video

In addition to encouraging Dads through your message, you may also want to consider using a Father’s Day themed video as a part of your service. WorshipHouse Media has hundreds of videos to choose from – whether you’re looking for something funny, inspirational, or anything in between.

Do or Give Something Tangible

Have “Dad snacks” to hand out at the end of the service like cookies, root beer or chocolate. Having kids hand them out at the end of a service is an added bonus. If your church is unable to do something like this, you could also include a craft or project into the Kids’ Ministry lesson, something that the kids could give to their Fathers on the way home from church – a card, a handmade art project, a coupon book for services around the house, etc.

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5 Ways to Use an Invite Video

 

All Are Invited By Floodgate Productions

As I look back over my life, there have been many factors that have helped shape it, both good and bad. But the one positive shaping influence in my life can be traced back to the variety of invitations I’ve been given in church. Invitations to know Christ, to worship Him, to take the next step, to sign up for a class, to pray, and to take risks all started when a pastor inspired me, and when I accepted that invitation. Creating invitational moments comes naturally to most pastors.

 

BUT WHAT IF YOU COULD ADD SOME INSPIRATIONAL WEIGHT TO YOUR INVITATIONAL MOMENTS?

 

Our creative team has created a short video with that in mind. We kept it general enough to be big, but specific enough to be intimate. It’s called ALL ARE INVITED, and we think the possibilities are endless.

1. AS A SERVICE-STARTER – This plays beautifully as something that launches your services. It sets the tone of welcome and invitation, while never assuming that every person is at the same mile-marker on their spiritual journey.

2. AS A WORSHIP STARTER – When a worship pastor wishes to provide a culture of invitation with a song or set of songs, this video will work great as a lead-in, both in content and inspirational quality.

3. AS A COMMUNION LEAD-IN – Pastors are always looking to make communion (The Lord’s Supper) more impactful, and not routine. This video will help create a special moment before people receive the bread and the cup.

4. AS A GOSPEL INVITATION LEAD-IN – Push play on this video just before you explain the Gospel to those who are seeking Jesus, but haven’t yet chosen to follow Him.

5. AS A “TAKE THE NEXT STEP” TEE-UP – So many churches are beautifully and simply encouraging their people to “take the next step”, regardless of their spiritual maturity. This video will work wonderfully just before that exhortation.

Thank you for following your high calling. We pray that this serves you in some way that only God, together with your uniqueness, can define.

This post originally appeared on floodgateproductions.com. Used with permission

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