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Confessions of a Worship Pastor: Sin, Worship & My Lesson Learned

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When I was 16, I felt God stirring my heart towards worship ministry as a vocation.  Fast forward 6 years and I’m at Azusa Pacific University getting ready to finish my education.  It had been 6 years of fumbling forward in pursuit of what I felt God calling me to.  Six years of leading worship in every venue I could find.  Youth groups, college groups, camps, adult Bible studies (with 7 people in the room), Sunday night church (remember Sunday night services?).  Six years of piano lessons, voice lessons, guitar lessons.  Six years worth of mistakes and embarrassments as I learned how to lead worship — and how not to lead worship.  I had pursued God and what I felt he was calling me in the best way I knew how.

That’s where I was 6 years in.  About to graduate and on the very edge of entering ministry — the thing I had been dreaming of and pursuing.  However, it was in this season, at this time, that I was also caught in a behavior that God was trying to correct.  Sin had crept in.  It’s important you know everything I mentioned above as context for the way I felt as God was pursuing me on this issue.  I felt unworthy.  I felt guilty.  Embarrassed. Ashamed.

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Confessions of a Worship Pastor:
The Time I Got Yelled At

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A number of years back scientists found what they said was another planet beyond Pluto; ironically, neither of these orbiting bodies are planets anymore.  However, back then they were both planets.  I remember being so amazed at our Creator.  There’s so much that we don’t know about our universe, yet God knows it all.

One Sunday I was leading my community in worship and began to encourage them that God is so much bigger than we know, using this example.  Before I could get all the words out I was cut off by someone in our congregation.  He said, “STOP IT!  STOP IT! We’re trying to worship God and you’re talking to us about a planet.”  Mind you, he cut me off before I could get to the punchline. 

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