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Anchor by Hillsong LIVE

Josh Pauley —  July 30, 2013

Anchor was written by Ben Fielding & Dean Ussher. Though inspired by Hebrews 6:19 that says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul…,” it had a more personal connection for Dean when he first heard it. Just a few months earlier Dean and his wife had lost a baby and the very passage that Ben had used to start the idea for a song was what they had used to get them through that tough time in life. They knew once they started that they had to finish the song.

We have an unshakable promise through the hope of the cross. When men swear by something, they swear by something higher than themselves to seal their promise. Because there is no other name higher than the name of God, He put an end to all arguments and sealed our hope of everlasting life with Him by the sacrifice of His Son…

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The Same Power was written by Ben Cantelon and Nick Herbert. The inspiration for the song is taken from Ephesians, where it says, “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seats Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the Heavenly realms.”

The thought that we share in the same power of God that raised the dead to life, made the blind to see, healed the sick, and commanded the lame to walk is incredibly empowering. When we walk in faith and believe that the power of Christ is alive and operating in us we have the opportunity to share in the story of God…

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Scott Cash began writing God Of Brilliant Lights while sitting in his yard one beautiful, sunny afternoon. As he sat there he began to think of the privilege and responsibility we have to be God’s light to the world. In his head, he had an image of God using us to take light and tear through darkness and then see His light flowing throughout the world and spreading love and hope and life to people that haven’t experienced those things.

In the meantime, Aaron Shust was finishing up his album in the studio with Scott’s brother, Ed Cash. Towards the end of the process Ed asked Aaron to listen to one more song and see what he thought. When Aaron heard the song he immediately knew he had to help finish adding the bridge and put it on his record. So that’s what he did…

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Here’s My Heart is a great example of the journey of a song. Chris Tomlin originally began the song from a phrase he had written in his notes, “Here’s my heart, Lord. Speak what is true.” Then he sat down with Louie Giglio and Jason Ingram to build upon the hook and continue the song. Because they appreciated the simplicity of what it was stating, they spent a lot of time trying to put to words what God says about each of us without complicating the message.

The interesting point about this song is that once it was written they sat with it for about two years because they just couldn’t get it to a place where they felt like it worked. Chris had tried to lead it for Passion City Church and it had felt lifeless. He had tried to rework it and still couldn’t get it to a place where it felt right. Eventually, though, he gave it to Brett Younker to lead one Sunday for the church and they saw a huge response, like the church had never heard the song before…

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Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is was written by Ben Fielding of Hillsong and inspired by 2 Corinthians 3:16-17. Verse 16 starts by giving us this incredible picture of worship when it says that those who turn to God will have the veil lifted from their eyes. When we come to God He reveals more of who He is to us!

We invite God’s presence to be among us, He reveals more of Himself to us, and we are able to experience the freedom of Christ spoken of in verse 17. It says that wherever the presence of God is found there is freedom, an authentic freedom found through the love of Christ…

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There will always be someone that can sing better than you, play an instrument better than you, or look and sound much cooler when encouraging the Church to sing along. The good news is that God hasn’t called any of us to be the best singer, the best musician, or the coolest looking person on stage. Our calling as musicians and worship leaders is to lead people to a place where they are able to engage with God in those moments and experience His presence in their lives – a place where the daily grind of life and everything surrounding them in those moments fades away and it becomes just them and God. That is what I call “the art of disappearing,” and that is what you are called to do.

In most churches today, we are standing on a stage in front of everyone, with lights focused on us and everyone singing whatever we sing. Nothing about that makes it easy to even think of disappearing, let alone actually figuring out how to do it. Sometimes I wonder if they had the same challenges we do today in the early Church. In the Old Testament, the Levites led worship while standing along the wall, very much in front of everyone. The model of worship we see in the New Testament is similar. It was usually in smaller groups with the person leading in front of everyone. There isn’t a right or wrong way to lead worship. Whether it is done by standing on a stage in front of everyone or from an organ in the back of the sanctuary, the art of disappearing takes more than trendy visuals or solid talent. It’s about fostering a heart for worship in ourselves and in those we lead…

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Song Transitions and Flow

Josh Pauley —  June 26, 2013

One of the most effective ways you can create an atmosphere that encourages worship is to work on song transitions and the flow of service. This is something that isn’t always given the attention it deserves, but it can completely transform a set list when done well. I usually plan time to sit down for at least an hour a day or two before the week’s first rehearsal so I can work through what I want the transitions to be and how I want everything to flow. It is important to take this time to experiment a little without the pressure of the band waiting on instructions from you, and so you can clearly communicate the details to the band. This eliminates confusion during practice, and your band will appreciate that you aren’t wasting their time trying to figure it out.

Here are the usual parts of the songs and worship set that I think through when preparing for Sundays. In no way is this an exhaustive list, just some of the most typical…

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Each of us at Worship Together, not only has a passion for worship but also to see worship leaders raised up, to lead their churches into the presence of God. We want to see you thriving where God has planted you so that we are all able to encourage people through worship to have a real and authentic relationship with Jesus.

If you are at a worship leader event or conference this summer or fall be sure to come see us and pick up a physical copy of the new Worship Together Survival Guide. But, for those who can’t make it out, we wanted to make an shortened version available on our site in the form of blog posts! We’ve written on topics that we feel are essential to leading well, from relationships, to planning, to leadership, and mentoring. You can find links to the posts and descriptions of each post below. We hope you enjoy this survival guide, which is our free gift to you. More than survive, we hope that you thrive in your ministry, making Jesus famous wherever you lead…

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To celebrate the recent release of “All This For A King” an Essential Collection by David Crowder*Band, Multitracks.com is partnering with us & sixstepsrecords to host a REMIX Competition with the classic song “Everything Glorious” by the David Crowder*Band. “Everything Glorious” is also this month’s free MultiTrack of the Month, so you can download all 18 stems including the lead vocal for free and use any of the original tracks or add in any of your own sounds to create your remix, as long as they are royalty free! Multitracks is also teaming up with Ableton, Line 6, Shure, and Sweetwater to offer some great gear and software to the winner – you won’t want to miss this competition! Winners will be chosen by Crowder himself and all entries must be received by July 15th at contest@multitracks.com. Check out all the details here. We’re excited to see what you create! Happy mixing…

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Christ Is Enough by Hillsong is new and will be on their upcoming album, Glorious Ruins. It is a song of devotion that celebrates Christ’s sufficiency for our lives.

Often we fill our lives with busyness and surround ourselves with things that meet our own needs. But ultimately, as believers, we have to separate ourselves from those things and make sure we keep Christ at the center. We should find ourselves in a place where no matter what is taken away or given to us, Christ is our goal and is more than enough. That’s when we really come alive…

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