Day 19: Tuesday 31st March pray for God to move in our worship
(By Pete Smith)
First, please do give thanks to God for all he has done in putting together a wonderful worship team in CCB. He put it in our hearts in late 2018 and since then has brought new musicians in, brought another to faith, and called others from among us to new roles and responsibilities. God has built a team of hard working, worshipping, skilled people, it is a delight to see and a pleasure to be a part of.
Please pray for ongoing and increasing humility and servant heartedness among the team. It is hard not to let being up front at church go to your head. We are there to serve the Lord and the church. Our gifting is for other people. Please pray for continued and increased servant hearts all around.
Please pray for continued and increased delight in God among the team. We are foremost *worship* leaders, so pray for continued and increased wonder and joy among us in God, in his great power and might, in his stepping down among us to serve and die for us, and in his secure promise of eternal glory.
Pray for an increased depth of knowledge of God in his word. It helps in any serving role to know well the Word of God, the deeper we go in his word the more we can be useful to others. Pray for us all.
Pray for our Sunday gatherings as a church that the weight of the presence of God among us would continue and increase. Scripture instructs us to eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy, pray for this and for yourselves that your voice might be heard more. Pray that no matter what happens on a Sunday that we would remain God focussed.
Pray for the worship leaders. It would be good to establish I guess four or five or six different leaders so we can have a breadth of styles and songs. We are well on the way there with a few different voices being heard over the past months. Pray for the leaders and for me (Pete) and the wider leadership team as we support and develop new worship leaders.
Useful bible verses:
On serving: Philippians 2:3,5-8, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves…Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death on a cross.
On worship: Luke 7:44-47, the sinful woman forgiven, “She has wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair…she has not ceased to kiss my feet…she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore I tell you her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.
On worship and keeping our focus on God: 1 Timothy 1:17, “To the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
Stephen Norcross is an elder, married to Lisa and living in Blackburn. Stephen works full time for Community Church Blackburn. Stephen studied music at university and uses his musical gifts leading worship. He also has a passion for bible teaching.