091025 Thoughts About Leading Worship

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A class presented at Palm Desert Church of Christ on October 25, 2009, by Dale Wells

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  • 1.Thoughts About Leading Worship
    Dale Wells
    Palm Desert Church of Christ
    October 25, 2009

2. Our Current Situation
Season is upon us
Seasonal members returning
Local visitors keep coming
New members & families being added
Attendance will not grow past 80% capacity
When crowded, people will not come
Everyone wants some elbow room
Auditorium capacity is 200
Last Sundays attendance was 155 (77.5% capacity)
This was with only a few seasonal members
More are coming in the next few weeks
They will be here for the next six months
3. Our Options
4. Our New Sunday Schedule
8:30 9:30 Early Worship Service
9:30 9:45 Fellowship Break
9:45 10:30Bible Classes
10:30 10:45Fellowship Break
10:45 11:45Late Worship Service
5. Streamlining Our Worship Service
Old order of worship
Prayer of Praise
Communion & Contribution
Scripture Reading
Invitation Song
Closing Prayer
Current order of worship
Prayer of Praise
Communion & Contribution
Invitation Song
Items Eliminated
Sermon shortened
Announcements moved
6. My Goal is Simple
To suggest some ways in which we all can make our Sunday morning worship
Magnify God
Uplift the worshippers in our assemblies
Enrich our spiritual lives
And to elicit your thoughts about these things, as well
7. Secrets of Acceptable Worship
8. Directed to God
Psalms 19:14 NIV May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
Were not trying to impress others or make a big show
Were offering this to God
That says a lot about doing our best
9. God-focused, NOT man-focused
Colossians 3:17 NIV And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
John 4:24 NIV God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
Matthew 15:8-9 NIVThese people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (9)They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.
10. Done in an orderly fashion
1 Corinthians 14:23-40 NIV (26) What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church. (33) For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. (37) If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lords command. (38) If he ignores this, he himself will be ignored. (40) But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
This is our guiding principle this morning
We want to do things right so no one elses worship will be interfered with
11. Leading Public Prayer
12. Key passages on prayer:
Effective prayer comes from a righteous life
James 5:16 NIV Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Effective prayer is offered in faith
James 1:6 NIV But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
Overriding emphasis is that Gods will is done
Matthew 26:39 NIV Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.
13. We can pray for so much
Daily provisions
Matthew 6:11 NIV Give us today our daily bread.
Sickness and sick people
James 5:13-16 NIV Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. (14) Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. (15) And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. (16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
14. We can pray for so much
That the church will grow as it should
Ephesians 1:16-18 NIV I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. (17) I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (18) I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,
Government and civil authority
1 Timothy 2:1-2 NIV I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone (2) for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
15. We can pray for so much
To be thankful for blessings received
By ourselves
Ephesians 1:3 NIV Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
By others
1 Corinthians 1:4 NIV I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus.
The list goes on and on!
16. Pray the kind of prayer youve been asked to pray
First prayer:
Praise God & ask His blessing on our worship
Ask God to bless the elements& worshipers
Closing prayer:
Pray for the sick & needs announced, then for Gods continued presence with us
Dont go on and on. Dismiss us!
17. Two Donts & a Do for Public Prayer
Dont over-personalize your prayer
Praying I have sinned by lying and cheating last week is not appropriate.
Pray for congregational considerations.
Dontre-preach the sermon or hammer home its points
Never use prayer as a pulpit, to get someone
Do prepare to pray
Theres nothing wrong with writing out what we are going to pray
18. Read some of the great prayers in the Bible and draw from them:
Old Testament Prayers
Genesis 18:23-25
2 Samuel 7:18-29
1 Kings 8:22-30
1 Kings 18:36-39
2 Kings 19:15-19
1 Chronicles 4:10
Ezra 9:5-15
Isaiah 38:2-8
Daniel 9:4-19
Habakkuk 3:2-19
New Testament Prayers
Matthew 6:9-15
Luke 18:9-14
John 17
Acts 7:59-60
Ephesians 1:15-23
Ephesians 3:14-21
Philippians 1:3-11
Colossians 1:9-12
Jude 1:24-25
19. Psalm 8 is helpful beginning spot for prayer
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. (2) From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (3) When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, (4) what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (5) You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. (6) You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: (7) all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, (8) the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. (9) O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
20. Use the ACTS acrostic
21. Additional suggestions
Use the microphone
Youre competing with lots of ambient noise
Be yourself
No need for a special holy voice or flowery language
Pray from the heart without overused clichs
Why Guard, guide and direct us until we meet again or Restored to their normal walk of life?
Why not Be with us till we meet again or Heal them?
Remember were praying TO God THROUGH Christ
Colossians 3:17 NIV And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Practice praying at home
Your suggestions?
22. Making Announcements
23. Announcements are part of every worship service
They are scriptural
Acts 15:3 NIV The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the brothers very glad.
They are practical
A practical way of informing folks of what they need to know, whomto pray for, etc.
If done wrong they can be off-putting to a visitor.
24. Practical considerations:
Look them over before you begin
Misspellings, fuzzy handwriting, etc. make them tedious
Be brief less said is enough said!
If you repeat everything in the bulletin,or on the screen, why have a bulletin or display announcements?
Be as positive and friendly as possible
Never sermonize during announcements
This isnt the time to preach!
NEVER ask if anyone has any more announcements!
Do not say anything that would distract from worship
Your suggestions?
25. Reading Scripture
26. Reading scripture aloud is a very old & important part of worship
Nehemiah 8:3-6 NIV He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively