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We caught up with Sean from Bellarive, who shared his thoughts on worship, gadgets and musical influences.

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The Importance of Rest

Liz Parker —  November 26, 2013

This week many of you will gather with family to celebrate all that God has blessed you with. You will sit around a table full of food, give thanks and break bread together with those you love. And, when the tryptophan-induced coma kicks in, I’d imagine you will…rest…

Rest is a concept that seems extremely unfamiliar for worship leaders and other church leaders during this time of year as we prepare for the Advent season. The rehearsals 3-4 times per week for the 3-4 Christmas Eve services the church offers, organizing the special music, the kids choir, the dance team, the skits, the video specials…well, it can leave you feeling drained and weary. And, while many of us would like to just put on the most fantastically comfortable pair of pjs, crawl under our covers and sleep for the next 2 months, we just don’t have that luxury!

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We took a moment to catch up with Sidney Mohede, Network Pastor of Jakarta Praise Community Church in Jakarta, Indonesia. A prolific songwriter and passionate worship leader, Sidney shares with us his worship style, reccomendations for leading worship in other languages and how he balances his personal life and ministry. Be sure to check out his first full-English album entitled ‘The Rescue.”…

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Worship and Creative Director of The Vine Church in Hong Kong, Tom Read shares his experience of leading worship for a diverse congregation. As a UK native, Tom focuses on bridging the gap between Western and Eastern culture. He also gives insight into the software, apps and instruments he uses in his songwriting and planning as well as the importance of using creative and nonconventional methods of worship…

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For those who aren’t worship pastors or leaders, but rather band members and vocalists, it’s important to realize the significance of your role on the team. Even if you’re not the person actually leading everyone, speaking over the congregation during worship, selecting music for next Sunday’s set, etc., you still play a part in leading people into the presence of God. Your participation is setting an example for the congregation to follow. You are leading too. Once you begin to realize how important your contribution is, it’s good to know how to steward that responsibility. I thought I’d share a few tips with you on how to best support your worship leader and fulfill your role as a member of the worship team…

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I’ve found that I have an incredible capacity to holding on to things. My husband, Michael, knows this gift well. No matter how much I try to shrug something off, it holds on, making it’s presence felt in relationships and my right upper shoulder – a problem in which the “Thumper” (one of those home back massage doohikies) has proven to be one of my most advantageous purchases. I have a hard time remembering where my phone is or what state we happen to be playing a show in, but yes, I can absolutely remember what sort of glance so and so gave me or what conversation with that friend was two years ago. Relationships are at the core of who I am; they can put me on cloud nine or run me straight into the ground. So often, I wish I were the introverted, aloof-loner that is self-sufficient and most often found hunkered down in a cabin; writing some brilliant post-apocalyptic, sci-fi novel…unconcerned about the glance or missing the last family reunion or birthday party. It seems so cool, a much more weightless life to be unconcerned…but I am.

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Our life aspirations are something we spend a lot of our lives working toward. Diligence, planning and perseverance are necessary; we can’t expect them to just show up because we “trust God will give us the desires of our hearts.” Yes, God gives us the desires of our heart – some say He literally gives them to us, as in, ‘grants us the desires we have;’ some say that He is the one who places the desires in our hearts in the first place. Whichever you believe, or if even you believe both, my opinion is that God also gives us a mind and expects us to use it.

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