Alive by Young & Free

Josh Pauley —  September 10, 2013

Today we are excited to introduce you to a new worship band from Hillsong! Hillsong Young & Free is simply and genuinely the voice of THIS generation. The NOW generation. Bringing a new sound and giving expression to what God is doing in this generation of young people, seeking to bring a message of life, hope, and freedom found only in Jesus Christ. Young & Free carries the same heart beat as all Hillsong worship teams but seeks to write songs that would specifically connect a YOUNG PERSON to Jesus.

Senior Youth Pastor Laura Toggs writes, “I believe with all my heart that ‘Young and Free’ is not just our name but also our message and our mission. I believe that God is calling this generation to stand strong in their youth and their freedom… and I believe that these songs will see the captives set free. I believe that through this project young people will find life and deep, unending joy – in Jesus…

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I read an article recently about a study that was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study showed participants video clips from classical performances and were asked to pick the best performers. The catch was some of the participants were given video clips with sound, while others were given video clips without sound. A third group was given audio only clips. In other words, some volunteers could only hear the music. Some could see the musicians and hear the music. And some could only see the musicians — they heard nothing.

The results were quite surprising. Only the group that had video clips without sound were able to successfully pick the actual winning performances…

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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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Suffering and Worship

Claire Hamilton —  August 28, 2013

A while ago, I spent some time reflecting on suffering, wondering how I could possibly contribute something useful and insightful around the topic. Suffering, grief, pain and loss are words that have become all too familiar in my own life.

As a “worship leader/facilitator” and songwriter, I have always been drawn to writing songs of intimacy which help usher us into His presence. A place of healing and restoration, where the broken get made whole and where as we draw near to Him, He draws near to us. A few years ago, I wrote a song called ‘Breathe On Me’. It was the first time I felt like I’d written something that captured my heart’s cry in the midst of painful circumstances. It was bittersweet as I’d longed to write that song for years. Finally it came to help lift my soul and give Him Praise in the middle of deep sadness and turmoil…

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This I Know by Crowder

Josh Pauley —  August 27, 2013

This I Know is a song of simplicity and “faith like a child.” The hook of the song is taken from the popular song, “Jesus Loves Me,” where we sing, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” It is a great song to use as a reminder that God’s promises are forever and that He is always faithful. But, it’s also a song meant to remind us of the first time we whole-heartedly placed our trust in God and surrendered our lives to Him; all of the joy and peacefulness that came with that moment…

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The world of copyright and licensing can be a bit tough to navigate at times. Our friends at CCLI offer some great tools and resources. These cover a wide breadth of the intellectual property activity that occurs in the planning and execution of worship services.

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Song Starters are a brand new FREE resource from Worship Together. These concise videos are a creative way to introduce or setup a new song in your worship service. Song Starters help to communicate the context of song. The writer conveys a devotional thought to set the song up as they would to their own church community…

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A few weeks ago, we talked about resisting the temptation to immediately change everything when stepping into a new role as worship leader or worship director in our post, Put Down The Hammer. This time I wanted to expand on the idea of serving people and talk about the idea of being a pastor of people instead of programs.

Any leader in a growing church will tell you their most pressing, on-going need, is volunteer recruitment. If you are a small group pastor, you are looking for group leaders. If you are a youth pastor, you probably need youth workers and someone to drive a van. If you are a worship pastor, you are looking for musicians, singers, sound techs, lighting tech, etc…

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We had the chance to ask Aaron Shust a few questions about leading worship and life. Here’s what he had to say… What are your roles and responsibilities in your church?

I’m an elder at Crestmont Alliance Church outside of Pittsburgh, PA. I meet at least once a month with some of my dearest friends on the planet for food, fellowship, theological discussions and to address the issues at hand. It’s a wonderful time of worship and I always look forward to it. I’m a non-staff Ministry Leader of the Worship Ministry where I oversee the vision and direction of the church’s worship as it pertains to our corporate singing. I handle the scheduling of the volunteers on Planning Center and implement healthy systems for the delegation of planning and executing all aspects of the Sunday service; from rehearsal to walk-in music to congregational readings…

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Revival by Soulfire Revolution

Revival is an upbeat, high-energy song by Soulfire Revolution. They are part of a very large church, in Bogota, Colombia, that is experiencing an incredible movement of God, very similar to what is happening all over the world.

Each week, Soulfire Revolution sees at least 2,000 people commit their life to Christ! Revival speaks to this spiritual renewal that they are witnessing every week through their ministry.

We are excited to introduce you to Soulfire Revolution and the incredible songs they are writing for the church. Check out Revival, which will be a great way to start your service, as well as the other songs we have up (also available in Spanish).

Revival, hearts on fire
Holy Spirit rain down, change from the inside
Oh-a-oh, Oh-a-Oh

Listen to the audio, watch the New Song Cafe, download the Free Lead Sheet, and leave a comment on the blog to let us know what you think!

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