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#356 - 07/13/05 09:35 PM Re: Quiet times with God
Sabra Offline
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Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 21
Loc: Charlotte,NC
Are you satisfied with the time you spend with Him? What works for you? Do you yearn for more?

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Great question, Songbird. I would have to say No, I'm not satisfied. Other than reading my daily inspirations (via e-mail) and talking with Him in the car (just me and Him), I think He would deserve better than that. Getting down on my knees in prayer is something (I must admit) that I need to work on. Yes, I do yearn for more but with 3 kids, husband, work, etc..(I know, it's no excuse) it's hard :-( However, i DO enjoy our Praise and Worship team. I think the worship teams are vital to getting the church 'on fire' for God.

Actually, to tell you the truth (and I need prayer on this), I just tried out for our Praise and Worship team this past Monday and I tell you, I COMMEND those that serve on P&w teams! It's a HARD job! My voice was scratchy (I'm a tenor) and I had to memorize the songs. We had an awesome time, but I'm feeling insecure about joining (I got the thumbs up to join) because it requires a LOT of responsibility. I was excited that I was given the OK to join but I want to continue to observe - you know, to ensure that it's what I want to do.

My main reason for joining was because I love to praise and worship Him at every opportunity I can get and figured that maybe I should join the P&W team. But, it's not as easy as it seems. Any suggestions? I'm thinking about informing the leader that I don't think I'm ready...any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for the question.

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#357 - 07/13/05 09:49 PM Re: Quiet times with God
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Sabra, I think you should give it a try. If you tried out. then you must be interested. That's the hard part, getting the guts to audition. It is a commitment, but it's a worthwhile one. I bet your spiritual life will soar. You can always leave if it's too much of a commitment.

Smile, we visited a church on Sunday (contemporary service) and I was shocked by EVERYONE singing. It was powerful. But here's the kicker...they had the words on the screen in the front of the sanctuary. Does your church do that? I love it because everyone is looking up and our voices are projecting forward. I like it better than reading from hymnals with our heads down and all the boomers squinting without their reading glasses. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="images/icons/grin.gif" />

Once a year, our church has Gospel Sunday. It is the one Sunday of the year that our church really rocks. It's awesome. Well, it rocks Easter Sunday too.

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#358 - 07/13/05 10:27 PM Re: Quiet times with God
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Registered: 12/14/04
Posts: 724
Loc: Chesapeake, VA
Sabra,

Seems to me that the enemy is whispering in your ear. Remember, Jesus gave us power of our enemies, so rebuke him in Jesus name and go to it!

I agree with Dotsie, the fact that you went and auditioned means you are interested.

God Bless,
Cathi

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#359 - 07/13/05 10:39 PM Re: Quiet times with God
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Sabra, I say look inside yourself and weigh the pleasure of singing against the responsibility of practicing. God sacrificed His son so you would not have to sacrifice, but could be blessed. Maybe the blessing of singing with the Worship team will outweigh the responsibility. Pray about your decision.

Dots, Yes, we do have words on the screen and I agree it is easier than with the hymnals, but even then only a few people stumble through the words. Most just don't sing. The worship team practices the songs so they know them and maybe they forget that it is the first time the congregation has ever even heard them. Even if we sing them every single Sunday, it takes months to learn them well enough to enjoy singing them. Also, the lyrics and melodies are either extremely repetitive or very difficult to learn.

There seems to be a difference between praise songs and gospel songs. Gospel meaning the good news. I guess I just love hearing the "good news" over and over.
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#360 - 07/13/05 11:33 PM Re: Quiet times with God
Sabra Offline
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Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 21
Loc: Charlotte,NC
Thanks everyone...I do appreciate it. I will pray on it ... great and valuable feedback. Will consider your responses!!

Also, as far as the words on the screen, I used to be a part of a church where the words were put on the screen. I think that's gotten to be more of a common practice and I think it helps enables the congregation to become a part of the service.

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#361 - 07/14/05 02:28 PM Re: Quiet times with God
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Registered: 06/03/04
Posts: 2830
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Smile: I know what you mean, some enjoy better the "old Hymns". Some don't praise, no matter what, others simply praise the Lord with all they've got.

Robowidowk has a good point too. Your relationship with the Lord impacts how you praise.

Sabra- I'd agree with Dotsie, give it a try. You never know how many blessings are coming your way. It is such a privilege to praise our Lord, and to be part of the Praise Team is a responsibility, but I'm certain it will bring many spiritual blessings!

It is always great to sing the "old hymns". I guess we enjoy them more becausw we know the words and they are part of our christian upbringing. My church has recently installed the large screen and has new praise songs, but I do notice the difference in the congregation.

Ultimately, I have to agree: Praise IS a matter of the heart and such a blessing. I feel SO connected to heaven when I praise my Lord!

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#362 - 07/15/05 03:58 AM Re: Quiet times with God
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Registered: 11/08/03
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</font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Songbird:
<strong> My church has recently installed the large screen and has new praise songs, but I do notice the difference in the congregation.
</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Song, I wondered if more people sing when you do the praise songs or if more sing when you do gospel?
With the screens people can more easily read the words, but only those onstage know the songs. And only those who know the songs can get completely lost in singing praise to God. I just long to do that again. Losing myself in praise is such a blessing.
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#363 - 07/14/05 08:17 PM Re: Quiet times with God
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Registered: 06/03/04
Posts: 2830
Loc: Massachusetts, USA
Smile: In our church, most of the songs the congregation has learned already, yet, I notice some prefer the gospel hymns. Others, won't sing no matter what.

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