Sunday, May 08, 2005

Worship and Some Precious Moments....

I love leading worship.

This morning I was given the great honor of leading the Sunday morning service at North Park Community Church here in Eugene. I opened with a couple songs on guitar ("He is Exalted" and "In the Secret"), and then moved to the piano. From there, I played three of my original songs (put into a worship context) and then spent the rest of the service alternating between leading worship on piano (with vocals) and playing some praise chorus arrangments. I finished up with a great praise song on guitar called "You are the Reason."

You are the reason I live
You are the reason I move
You are the reason I breathe
You are the reason, it's You, it's You

And after everything is over,
You'll be the song I sing forever....

The words are so simple, but take on a certain depth of praise when sung by a joyous congregation!

During the service, I also had the opportunity to share some of my testimony. But mostly I spoke from Psalm 19 and 32, and delved into the great love God our Father has for us, his precious children.

It's truly difficult to put the spirit of the service into words. All I know is that I definitely felt the Lord with me during the service. There were moments where I felt I was prompted to say certain things - and I did, and everything went smoothly.

One of the coolest things about leading worship is when you can feel the Holy Spirit interacting with you. The only time I feel it stronger is when I'm teaching the Bible, primarily because although you prepare a particular message, when you stand up to speak in the moment you hear different words coming out of your mouth. It's just a wonderful thing when you are sharing God's Word and find that He is speaking instead of you. I know this probably sounds strange to some reading this, but those of you who are pastor's or teachers of the Word will understand. It's definitely a "God Thing," and it's overwhelming and fills you with awe when you feel the Lord make use of you in that way.

At any rate, I was so blessed to be a part of North Park church this morning. The people were genuine, the breakfast was exceedingly tasty, and the Spirit of the Lord was definintely "In the House." It's a beautiful church, too.

I had my little boy Nathan with me, too. Originally, he didn't want to come because he didn't want people to see his black eye (he ran into the wrong end of a scooter!). But once we arrived, he was off, playing with the other kids like they were all old friends. Anyway, on the way home he asked me if we could go back to that church. He really had a good time, and hearing his joy just filled my heart with happiness.

Gratefully in His service,



Blogger Rich & Joyce Swingle said...

I'm so glad this went well! Wish I could have been there.
In Christ Alone,

8:31 AM  
Blogger David Nevue said...

Hi Rich,

Good to hear from you! Hey, you have your own work to do in His name! I hope your performance went well.

We miss you already.


10:22 PM  

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