“Take all I have in these hands

And multiple, God, all that I am

And find my heart on the altar again

Set me on fire, set me on fire"

 

We were never created to carry the weight of our own lives. We were never created to discover our purpose within our own strength. We were created as creatures of worship, a vessel that the Spirit of God moves through. Everything we do should be given to God has an act of worship. He gives us a purpose and a calling that will bring glory to His name and because He loves us, He has all of our days planned for us, we just have to rest in Him and listen to His word.

Sometimes we lose that idea, we get so caught up in life and impatient with God that we start to find our own answers to everything.  We do some “soul-searching” to find out what our purpose is instead of searching for answers in the Spirit. We create our own plans and attempt at juggling life on our own but, as many of us know, that can quickly lead to failure. Our strength alone just can’t carry us.

 But, there is good news..

 God is a loving god. He is gentle to correct and mentor those who love Him. Life breaks us down, we get weak as we carry ourselves day to day, but God is willing to lift us up and bring us rest. He wants us to reside in His strength, to surrender to His thoughts, and in Him our broken hearts will be made whole. God doesn’t ignore you in your brokenness, He desires you.

 

“Your power at work in me

I’m broken gracefully

I’m strong when I am weak

I will be free”

 

We are broken by grace. Grace doesn’t allow us to control our own lives. Grace doesn’t allow us to be without God. Grace is needing God in every aspect of your life. If we had control of everything we’d surely ruin it, but God takes it over and makes absolutely beautiful things. He opens doors we could have never opened, He creates moments that if we didn’t have the Holy Spirit we would miss, and He is intentional about our every day. We just have to be intentional with Him in return to see what He wants us to see. God takes what we would have done with our lives and MULTIPLIES it.

 So, here are some prayer thoughts for today:

- Give God glory for how far He’s brought you, for all of the gifts He’s given you, and for never failing you. Thank Him for weaving a plan for you, a plan that will bring you joy and bless you.

-Ask God to show you things in your life that you are maintaining too much control over. Whether it be your finances, your career, your team, ect.

-Take those things and surrender them to the Lord, allow Him to move in every area of your life. Seek the Holy Spirit, ask Him to fill your heart and to guide your steps.

 Below is the link to Matt Redman’s new single “Gracefully Broken”. We hope you enjoy this new song and it inspires you!

 

 

This week, we are giving away free resources for 3 songs from Kim Walker-Smith's new album On My Side. Each song will include a free chart + New Song Cafe where you can watch the acoustic performance as well as the song teaching. We hope that you enjoy these songs!

Song Resources

 Throne Room // Kim Walker-Smith

Awaken Love // Kim Walker-Smith

I Know // Kim Walker-Smith 

Along with the free resources that we are giving away at Worship Together, Multitracks will also have "Throne Room" as their Play Of The Week - which gives you access to the Multitrack in their Playback app for unlimited use for the entire week.

Get “Throne Room” as your Play Of The Week HERE

Blessings,

The Worship Together Team

The presence of God is the life line we absolutely need. His presence is the only thing that makes you feel safe, makes the hard times feel easier, and it is the only thing that can bring joy to your heart when the world says that there shouldn’t be any.

 “Like a child we come running

Through the halls of heaven

 To the Holy of Holies 

Doors are flown wide open

Joy is overflowing"

 I love imagining the halls of heaven and how beautiful they must be. The overwhelming comfort and warmth from the light that shimmers taking up every space around you and the ability to freely and weightlessly run in the glory of God. We can’t even fathom how good it will be to walk with God and constantly experience Him.

 Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary. 1 Chronicles 16: 27 

 Luckily for us, He allows us to catch a glimpse of that heavenly place whenever we enter into the presence of the Lord. When we step inside the throne room of God, there is a love that we cannot find anywhere else. It’s a pure and matchless love that feeds directly into the depths of who we are. It’s a place where you are allowed to be broken and God surrounds you in healing, a place where you can bring all of your fears and God will calmly silence them, a place where you can bring a confused heart and God will gently remind you that He is good and He is still in control.

 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16: 11

Being heart to heart with Jesus is something we should make time for every single day. Yes, we pray, we worship on our way to work or at church, but we need to make a space to be quiet with Him, to listen to Him, to just feel Him with no time limit or structure. Captivating and personal moments with Him are what we need in order to get through the everyday challenges of life.

 Jesus Culture’s joyful new song is an uplifting reminder of how it feels to be with God. We are encouraged to seek God with a childlike excitement. 

Check out the lyric video for “Halls of Heaven” below!

 

Worship Together has recently added a new feature to the site to further equip worship teams with quicker and easier access to Planning Center. By clicking the “Add To Planning Center” button next to any song page, we will automatically add the song into your planning center song list for whenever you need it.  

Watch the video tutorial below or read the step-by-step instructions:  

 

Step-By-Step:

1. This new feature allows you to save the songs you want directly into your planning center account.

2. After clicking the “Add to Planning Center” button, open up planning center and search for the title of the song you’ve recently added

3. Click on the “Worship Together Arrangement” tab to view full lyrics and charts.

4. From here, you can transpose the song to any key you’d like and save it or download it onto your computer.   

5. We hope you enjoy this exciting new feature as it makes getting your set list together a little bit easier! 

We hope this resource is a blessing to you and your ministry! 

-The Worship Together Team

One of the most impactful, convicting messages at the Worship Together Conference 2017 was delivered by Cassandra (Cass) Langton. Cass is pastor of the creative team at Hillsong Church, comprising thousands of creative staff and volunteers around the world. 


We decided to make the whole message available on our Worship Together Podcast this week. Here is an excerpt: 

A yes to Jesus actually means no to a whole lot of other things. When Peter said yes to Jesus, he said no to his family business of fishing. He said no to stability and security. No to financial well-being. Actually, he said no to a whole lot of things.

Sometimes I think when we hear the call of God, we think we can have it all. We think we can hear God talking to us and we can say yes to the call of God and yes to everything else. But the moment that you hear the call of God, and you choose to respond to it, to take up your cross and follow Jesus, all of a sudden we have to make a decision to say no to the world.

Sometimes I wonder if when we get called, we actually want to turn a blind eye and not pay the price, but get all the benefit. The Bible never said that following Jesus would be easy. It said that it was a narrow road. But it says that it leads to life. Pursuing the call of God is actually something that will ground you for the rest of your days. It is one of the answers to longevity.

We lived in Melbourne for a number of years. And I remember the Lord calling us to Sydney. I felt like it was really clear and I often don't feel like things are very clear. But we had so many crazy things happen. So many people would come and read the scriptures and talk to us, that it was evident that God was moving. I remember going, “God I don't really want to move to Sydney. I've never wanted to live there.” But as a little girl I stood on alter calls saying, “God use me. Use me God to do whatever you want to.” And sometimes I feel like he claims on those moments. He comes back and says, “Do you remember that night at the Worship Together Conference when you were in worship? Chris Tomlin leading and you went, ‘God I'll do anything. I'll lay anything down. I'm your guy. I've got this. Here I am. Send me.”

And then he goes, “Go home and keep doing what you were doing.”

You say, “No, no, no. I said, “Here I am send me. Let me be in Chris’ band. I’ll go to Australia with that girl. Send me God to the nations.” 

He says, “Just go home. Be faithful to your wife. Love your children. Serve your local church. Do what the pastor is asking. Stop getting offended. That's what the call of God looks like. Represent me well where you find yourself.” 

And I think as creatives it's interesting because the call of God is very clear –– to lay down our lives, to follow Jesus and to catch people. 

It's the great commission, right? Go into all the world and make disciples. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded. If you sit here tonight and go, “I wonder what my call is?”, that is your call. I don't think it gets any better or worse for any of us. I think we are all given the same call, to make disciples. 

How we do that looks different. Some of you will be in business, some of you in ministries, and some of you will be at school or an university or college. But we can work out that call wherever we find ourselves. Wherever we are, whatever we do, we get to work out the call to make disciples. 

But the beauty is you're creatives. I think that adds whole other exciting dimension to the call. Because I actually think that God commissions you to reimagine His story, to actually take it and spin it in a hundred different ways and help society to see it like they have never seen it before. I don't believe that creativity is for the church alone. I actually think it's for the world. I think they're meant to see and be amazed and astounded at the story we tell our stories better than anybody else's story. Our redemptive story is beautiful and magnificent and vast. I'm always amazed because I think God is so much better than what they ever would tell you. I think when you encounter God for yourself He takes your breath away. 


This article was taken from the Worship Together Podcast and edited for clarity. To listen to Cass Langton’s full message, please visit your favorite podcast provider or listen to the Soundcloud embed below.

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