Jesus teaches us in this passage that we begin our time of prayer with an acknowledgment of God’s holiness. “May Your name be kept holy.” Other translations use the word “Hallowed,” which is a synonym for “holy.” Today, we’re going to use the NLT’s translation and focus on the word: HOLY.
Breathing new life into classic songs of praise can mean more than just applying your unique voice. It can keep the congregation engaged in new and different ways. With a wider variety of musical styles at your disposal, you’ll find greater ways to engage your audience.
I love seeing God’s grace in my kids when they smile and laugh and tell me they love me. I hate seeing God’s grace in their faces when I get upset at them and it reminds me how far I need to go, but I am thankful for that grace anyways.
This past fall my Aunt Melissa suddenly became very ill. Weeks later she was diagnosed with cancer, too sick to begin any treatment. My mom's oldest sister, who had seemed healthy a month ago, was now on a hospital bed with word from the doctors-"there's nothing we can do."
We all need a little more solitude in our lives. We also need a little more community as well. The more I experience life as a Christian the more I truly believe that communal spirituality fuels our individual spirituality and individual spirituality fuels our communal spirituality. We need both. Just like how introverts need a little more extrovertism in their lives, and how most extroverts need to learn to calm down.
I’m a pastor in a small church north of Boston, MA. Our congregation is full of very different people… Diversity across age, race, IQs, education levels, income brackets… And yet, as worship leaders and pastors, we’re tasked with sharing the Good News of God’s redeeming love, each weekend, in a relevant, engaging way.
I recently had the privilege of hanging out with about 20 dedicated volunteers who serve the worship ministry of their congregation, one that worships nearly 1,000 people each week. Their worship pastor had just moved on to a new church and, before launching a search for a new one, we thought it best to have a conversation with those most involved in the ministry