Thankfulness isn't only for a Thursday in November!
We can be thankful for all the ways that we are blessed all year long!
"Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving; make melody to our God upon the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds,
He prepares rain for the earth,
He makes grass grow upon the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food,
and to the young ravens which cry.
His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor His pleasure in the legs of a man:
But the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
in those who hope in His steadfast love."
Psalm 147: 7 -11
TOP TWELVE (year round) Thankfulness List
For those in positions of Music Ministry leadership
And for those who support worship ministry
Through participation in worship
And through prayer and encouragement
(NOTE: When we remember to be thankful, we count our blessings and multiply our praise!)
Those of us who minister to the Lord and to the Body of Christ through worship can be especially thankful for:
1. A God of Love and Mercy
He is the One who has chosen to give His only Son so that we may know Him, have abundant life on earth, and live with Him eternally in Heaven. He gives us a reason to sing, to play, and to praise Him.
2. The gift of Music
Our creator God chose the beautiful gift of music to allow us to express the depths of feeling that words alone could never capture. Through this, He gives us a glimpse of His creative work in our lives. How beautiful Heaven must be!
3. The body of Christ...His people!
Those who love, who serve, who give, who bless, who mourn with hope, who reach out to one another, who offer compassion, who forgive one another, who go, who pray, who worship, who weep with those in sorrow, who find joy, who seek the Lord, who long for righteousness, who rejoice in the truth, who overwhelm us with the beauty of their hearts...God's people! (And, yes! Be thankful even for those who are a work in progress! Aren't we all?)
4. The call to serve
We are still amazed to be broken vessels who seek to help other broken vessels worship our Creator and the Lover of our souls.
5. Faithful volunteers in Music and Worship Ministry
We are not called to be Soloist in Chief. We cannot do this alone. We are called to lead others, to help them find the song of their praise. From our Choir and Praise Team members to our Church Orchestra and Rhythm Section, to our (too often) unsung heroes in the Technical and Media booth, to those who work with Children, Youth and pre-schoolers in their Worship ministries. to those who work with interpretive arts such as banner-making, signing, or drama, every one of our Music and Worship Ministry volunteers is a blessing and a valuable member of the team! Only with these faithful hearts joining the song can we offer to God the gift of harmony in praise.
When years of training, a passion for excellence, a servant's heart, and a director's dream are all found in one person, we call that person an accompanist or instrumentalist. Though the instruments they play may vary, their role is vital and supportive, enhancing every message in song. These are the folks who have already been rehearsing and are prepared to play and accompany at a time when everyone else is just beginning to learn the song.
Though none of us should depend upon accolades or actively seek them, an encouraging word lifts our spirits. Most touching to our hearts is to know that a message in song has touched the heart of someone else.
8. The songs
Choosing a favorite song would be like choosing which drop of water fell first into the sea. There are so many. We have the privelege of living with words and music of profound beauty and a depth of spiritual insight. Our lives are constantly impacted by messages of hope, grace, love, mercy, power, and eternity....
9. New mercies every day, grace in infinite abundance to cover all of our short-comings and sin, and God's help to gain victory in our journey to become more like Jesus
WOW! What an incredible God He is! We need closeness in our relationship with God, a need for closeness that is made all the more apparent by anything that reminds us of our own humanity. We need Jesus. We need cleansing, forgiveness, the heart of a worshipper, the soul of a seeker, and a willingness to lay down our burdens before Him and carry His cross.
10. Surrender and vulnerability
Only through our willingness to place our talents in God's hands and recognize that they are all His gifts to be used for His glory can we ever truly minister. For Worship Leaders, Choir Directors, Ministers of Music and Worship, Choir members, Orchestra members, Praise Teams, Praise bands, rhythm sections, drama and movement teams, technical teams, accompanists, ..... for all who lead in worship in any way.....surrender is our highest goal.
11. A worshipping congregation
God inhabits the praises of His people! The scriptures never say that God only inhabits the praises of only those who are a part of the Music and Worship leadership team. It is important that all of our hearts join together in worship. The holy moments that take place when God meets us where we are, at the point of our need, and is enthroned on our praise... words fail...
12. A supportive and worshipping Pastor and Ministerial Staff
What a joy it is to serve with others who love the Lord and have a passion to seek Him and to worship Him !
Here is a song of Praise and Thanksgiving for you! Click this link to hear our Soundcloud Publisher's Demo of Travis' choral anthem, "Give Thanks to the Lord", published by Shawnee Press.
"Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
for He is gracious, and a song of praise is seemly.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
He gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the broken-hearted
and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars,
He gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
His understanding is beyond measure."
Psalm 147: 1 - 5
Post written by Cynthia A. Boyd
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Do you know Jesus?
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