Have you ever wondered how others plan and lead a successful praise and worship session in SFC? Last Wednesday SFC South Bay held a Worship Workshop that was taught by our very own Clark, and he shared his wisdom on how he prepares and leads a worship.
SFC South Bay opened up with the Rosary and Worship and also led the group in learning the new song for this year. The new song is called: Love More (Love You More). If you don’t know the song, Clark actually made a tutorial video to play it on the guitar as well.
Clark began his workshop talking about the song Heart of Worship. Backstory: Matt Redman was one of the premiere modern worship artists. One day as they were playing, they felt that it became more of a job, or that there were too many distractions going on. They felt that they weren’t feeling the meaning of worship anymore. So they dropped all the lighting effects and all the distractions, picked up a guitar, gathered, and started to worship simply.
We have to remember that worship is not about music, or having fun, its about so much more.
Heart of Worship – Matt Redman
When the music fades
and all is stripped away
and I simply come.
Longing just to bring
something that’s of worth
that will bless Your heart.
I’ll bring You more than a song,
for a song in itself
is not what You have required.
You search much deeper within,
through the way things appear,
You’re looking into my heart.
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
when it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.
What is worship?
Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. It can be defined as the highest honor, praise, respect and recognition given to anyone or anything. As Christians, we do not worship any one or anything except the One True God. Many things that we do can be considered worship, when you lift it up to God it becomes worship.
“You shall have no other gods before me”
What happens when we worship?
Worship brings us to the reality of God. He is good, the almighty, the all loving, the all powerful, etc … Worship reminds us, its brings us to a place that people that know God. God is made present in our midst. God is here, God is real!
We live in a reality built on one or more different things that become the focus of our lives. We live in a secularist reality where people focus on: money, careers, material items, drugs, sex, and even ourselves. When we worship we leave this reality to return back to God’s reality.
Why do we worship?
We worship God because he exists and because reverence and worship are the appropriate response to the revelation and his presence. Scripture tells us that as creatures of the Creator, we must worship God and God alone. We were created to worship God. Much like many of our talents, we were created to worship the Almighty.
“O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our maker”
What ways do we worship?
We must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. When we worship we must do so in a spirit of awe, reverence and attentiveness. Place your whole existence into your worship, do not take the time you have to worship for granted and worship with intention to thank God, do not do it half-hearted.
We must also worship God in Truth, our worship must always conform to the teaching in Scriptures and teachings of the Catholic Church. Scripture tells us to “bow down and worship the Lord”. To bow is to be humble in the Presence of God. Worship in truth. Talk to God in truth, whatever you may be feeling. You don’t need to fake it, God already knows, so come to Him in truth.
Our worship roots form a life of worship. Meaning what we do in our day to day living reflects our way of worshipping God.
How do we worship in the CFC Community?
Some of the gestures that we do to worship God are: raising of hands, praising, surrender, and declaration.
Some of the prayers that we do to worship God are: songs, personal vocal prayers, speaking in tongues, and prayers such as Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.
Worship is God’s Gift to CFC. Worship is processed and lived, which becomes CFC’s gift to the world.
2 Fast 1 Slow
CFC does worship the same in all of it’s ministries, this includes SFC. CFC is a global community and this allows us to be as One in worship all over the world. As a global community using the same worship pattern we become one family singing to the same tune.
We want to do worship that Serves God, so when we do 2 Fast 1 Slow we give justice to the other elements of the household. It also helps with achieving the different levels of worship: Praise, Worship, and Glory.
CFC Corporate Worship
The corporate pattern of worship is as follows: exhortation, Sign of the Cross, Praising, 1st Fast Song, Praising, 2nd Fast Song, Praising, Slow Song, Singing in the Spirit (tongues), Prophecy, Personal Prayers, Our Father, Hail Mary, then Glory Be.
Some of the songs we sing and choose for worship are special as they were created by people within the community. Some of these songs include: Great God, God is Enough, Live For You, Hallelujah, Heaven, Fearless, and Love You More.
What makes for a good exhortation?
Creating a good exhortation is summed up with a few recommendations to help you.
- It must be centered on God
- There must be an overall theme; even praise and worship songs selected must be connected
- It must be timely and relevant to the audience being addressed
- It must be short and focused; 3-5 minutes will do
- It must build up and excite the people of God
Some tools that you can use for an exhortation can be:
- Bible verse
- Inspiring Line or Quote
- Testimony or Conviction