Worship. There is something about those opportunities we have as believers to participate together in community. At New Life, our worship team is humbled to be able to lead God’s people in corporate worship and reflection. It is a beautiful thing to lift our voices as one to recognize and honor our God.
Since it is so refreshing to focus on God’s goodness each Sunday, it was extra special to be able to devote Friday evening, August 24th, to a night of worship, reflection and testimony. Being able to spend this extended time with our brothers and sisters of faith, singing for an audience of One is always a cherished time for our church. Sharing and hearing testimonies of God’s work in the lives of His people is an amazing encouragement and a way to get to know each other better!
Here’s a recap of a couple of the songs and testimonies shared together:
“Come as You Are”
We love this song because it reminds us of the importance of coming to Him, baggage, brokenness, and all and giving our burdens to the One who has promised to take them and provide healing, wholeness and rescue in return.
Wow, we had fun with this song upbeat song who’s lyrics are simple yet profound!
Here are they are:
If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
There’s a better life!
If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost, He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving, He’s a prison-shaking Savior
If you’ve got chains, He’s a chain breaker!
We’ve all searched for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
And there’s a better life!
We love this intense song because it is such a beautiful picture of the way God comes after His children, fighting for us even when we have turned from Him. He loves us not because we have it all together but because we are his children. He never gives up on us, instead, He pursues us passionately & persistently. What a picture!
“This We Know”
One worship team member has felt God’s hand through a number of challenges and profound loss in her life. She shared that as she has faced many joys and profound disappointments, she has been encouraged over and over when she given her future to God. He surprises her with His lavish love for her as he provides in abundance and in his timing. She reminds herself often of the importance of standing on His promises for his people. He makes all things new, He promises to provide for our needs, He loves us and He has our future in his hands.
This We Know lyrics:
You are who say You are
You’ll do what You say You’ll do
You’ll be who You’ve always been to us
Our hope is in You alone
Our strength in your mighty name
Our peace in the darkest day remains
This we know
We will see the enemy run
We will see the victory come
We hold on to every promise You ever made
Jesus, You are unfailing
Our God through the wilderness
And our joy in the heaviness
Our way when it seems there is no way
We trust you, Jesus we trust you, your ways are higher than our own!
A profound testimony was given before this song. It encouraged us all to recognize that He is in control – even when our circumstances have us wiped out, knocked down to our knees in despair, or wracked with anxiety. God has got the big picture worked out and as we humble ourselves before Him, trusting Him. He often sends just the right encouragement to give us hope in the future.
During this testimony, Philippians 4:6-7 was shared as a scripture that strengthened this person during this time in their life:
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A beautiful testimony was shared before this song. This testimony shared what can happen when we are able to take our rage and hurt and instead of lashing out at those who have hurt us we can give it over to God. He then often brings His peace over us. This individual shared how turning her rage and hurt over to God brought her peace that surpassed her understanding. Her next, God inspired steps resulted in a major source of healing, breaking a stronghold in her husband’s life. In this song, we recognize Jesus as our source of peace, the one who can silence fear. We call out to Jesus for His peace and then watch as His light makes the darkness of our lives tremble. What a testimony!
After spending hours praying about, rehearsing for and preparing for this event, we were thrilled to hear how many people, like us, were touched by God and encouraged during this time together. We were all encouraged as we were to be able to spend this focused time worshiping and reflecting on the goodness of the One who brings hope! We hope to continue these nights of focused worship at least twice a year, stay tuned!