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Dr. Tim Lantzy, Senior Pastor
Tim Wuester, Min. of Worship Arts
Ben Gavrun, Min. of Youth/Educ
Donna Cusick, Dir. of Children's Min.

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Crystal River, FL 34428
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Music Ministry Rehearsal Schedule

Hand Bell Choir Rehearsal Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6 p.m.

Celebration Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays - 7:15 p.m.

Thursday: Praise Team Rehearsal (Vocalist & Instrumentalist) 6:30 p.m.

Monday: Youth Praise Band 5:00 p.m.


Worship Arts Ministry

I recently came upon this article about corporate worship. Here is the first of five benefits to Corporate Worship…The full article by David Mathis can be read at:
www.desiringgod.org/articles/fivebenefits-
of-corporate-worship

Worshiping Jesus together may be the single most important thing
we do. It plays an indispensable role in rekindling our spiritual fire,
and keeping it burning. Corporate worship brings together God’s
word, prayer, and fellowship, and so makes for the greatest means
of God’s ongoing grace in the Christian life.

But thinking of worship as a means can be dangerous. True worship
is fundamentally an experience of the heart, and not a means to anything
else.
So, it’s important to distinguish between what benefits
might motivate us to be regular in corporate worship, and what focus
our minds and hearts should pursue in the moment.

According to Don Whitney, “There’s an element of worship and
Christianity that cannot be experienced in private worship or by
watching worship. There are some graces and blessings that God
gives only in the ‘meeting together’ with other believers” (Spiritual
Disciplines, 92). Surely, many more could be given, but here are five
such “graces and blessings” that we experience uniquely in the context
of corporate worship.

1. Awakening
Often we come into corporate worship feeling a sense of spiritual
fog. During the rough and tumble of the week, the hard knocks of
real life in the fallen world can disorient us to ultimate reality and
what’s truly important. We need to clear our head, recalibrate our
spirit, and jump-start our slow heart. Martin Luther found corporate
worship powerful in awakening his spiritual fire:
“at home, in my
own house, there is no warmth or vigor in me, but in the church
when the multitude is gathered together, a fire is kindled in my
heart and it breaks its way through.”

“Worshiping Jesus together may be the single most important thing
we do.” Better than Luther, though, is the experience of the inspired
psalmist. In Psalm 73, he begins by despairing over the prosperity
of his wicked peers (Psalm 73:2–15). But the fog clears as he
comes consciously into the presence of God: “When I thought how
to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went
into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end” (Psalm 73:16–
17).
He was embattled. The spiritual haze was thick. But the breakthrough
came in the context of worship.
Which then leads to this
climactic expression of praise: “Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and
my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion
forever” (Psalm 73:25–26).
How many times have we found this to be true for us as well? Instead
of staying away from corporate worship when we sense ourselves
to be spiritually lethargic, precisely what we need more than
ever is the awakening of worship
. When our hearts feel it least is
when we need most to remind our souls, “For me it is good to be
near God” (Psalm 73:28).

His, Tim

Worship Arts Ministries - Handbells & Worship Team

 

Do you want to learn a new skill? Do you want to satisfy some curiosity about whether you could learn how to play a handbell? Please contact Tim Wuester today and we can get answers to those questions…(903) 475-2070.

 


Needed NOW…singers and musicians to commit to being a part of a team of singers and musicians.Auditions are mandatory and having a passion for Contemporary worship music is a must.

His,
Tim

 

 

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