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Worship with InterVarsity in the New Year

Worship is not about entertainment! Worship draws us together as a community into God’s presence and his mission. It is fully about God and it fully involves us.  When we gather across differences to celebrate our distinctives, God is honored.  Creating atmospheres in worship where people can experience reconciliation, healing and deliverance and move towards a life of just worship inspires me to wake up in the morning. InterVarsity student life introduced me to a […]

Active Waiting

Anticipation, sadness and gratitude are some of the many feelings I’m having as I prepare to receive yet another worship team in my home (Casa Azul) and at Grace and Peace Community. I have spent the day waiting – not passively since there were beds to make, food to buy, songs to chart, and rehearsal resources to print. I’ve been actively waiting and anticipating. Gathering worship leaders in community to learn from one another bring […]

God Watches Over The Overlooked

Originally posted in TCW Devotional Psalm 146:6-10 “He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them–he remains faithful forever…the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down” (Psalm 146: 6, 8) Busyness is the reality that we all live in.  As a working mom whose job requires travel, every minute at home counts. When I’m in town, there are still activities we’re balancing- home, neighborhood, church, friends, and extended family.  […]

Worship in LA

Los Angeles is a city of nations. Aside from the fact that the white community is not the majority and Latinos make up almost half of the population, did you know that global communities of Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Armenians, and Syrians, among others, significantly influence the culture of LA? Can you imagine a global-local community coming across differences to praise God? What does the church look like in this context? What happens when this diverse […]

Who’s Got Next? Empowerment and Leadership in Worship

The CCDA worship team had an epic weekend of rehearsal! We sang and played, ate well, and told stories from our worshipping communities. The time was filled with laughter and tears and usually ended with a team member saying “another heavy hitter” or “this song selection is ridiculous.” The CCDA worship team is not made up of random musicians that are “hired” for a “gig”––those invited to lead worship are practitioners. The people you will […]

The Next Worship: CCDA Style

Some people think of me as a worship leader, others a pastor, and yet others an activist. I don’t want to choose one; I am CCDA! CCDA is a community of people that is doing the work of neighboring. Loving God and loving our neighbor is at the heart of what we do. This difficult, collective work comes from the depth of our intimacy with God. Worship is what compels us to keep going year […]

Songs from a Global Gathering

Many have asked for the global song list from the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering. Here is the complete list: YLG2016 Songs Genre Temp Theme Youtube Western (English/Multilingual) 10,000 Reasons CCM Slow Ps 103 Build Your Kingdom Here CCM/Rend Collective Med Kingdom Facing the Unfinished task Hymn slow Evangelism/Missions Holy Holy Holy/Open the Eyes Multilingual Hymn/Chorus Slow Greatness Hosanna (Let Our King be Lifted Up) CCM (SIdney Mohede) Slow Exalting the Lord How […]

What, Why, and How?

How do you select songs for a global gathering? How do you choose which languages and songs to sing? Why are there so many leaders? These are just a few of the questions that I am getting asked by people around the world at YLG2016: Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering. On the way up and down the three flights of stairs (that frankly are exhausting) people have stopped us to ask these questions and thank us […]

Let The Nations Sing

Worshiping with younger leaders from over 150 nations for two weeks is an exciting experience! Leading the worship times is also a terrifying one. So many preferences, so many cultures, so many traditions, so many opinions. My hope is to capture some of the moments not only of our worship times, but of our worship team. My prayer is that you will grow more deeply as a worshiper through our journey. Worship at YLG2016 is […]

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