“Every day we live to impress others and earn respect…Until we surrender our rights and die to ourselves, we can achieve nothing…The first thing God calls us to do is to watch Him--to gaze into His eyes and behold His greatness.”
“Missions are not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is.”
In those two quotes, we see the theme of Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes. Worship is not something to be taken lightly. It is a time of fellowship with God--especially through music. Hughes starts from the beginning by defining a Christian’s purpose in worship, showing how to prepare for worship, and restoring the wonder of worship.
He describes the role of worship leader as pastoral and prophetic. Then he discusses the importance of band member selection and their integrated role in leading worship. He offers suggestions on choosing songs, the power of musical dynamics, as well as some practical tips on final preparations for a service.
In the final sections, Hughes discusses music for small groups and provides ideas on songwriting.
If you are involved with leading worship in any of a variety of settings, Here I Am to Worship is an excellent resource that guides in the planning process. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com
This is a challenge to really listen to God. As a worship leader or worshiper, your ultimate goal is to find out what pleases the Lord and do it. This can mean stepping out to the edge of convention and taking a plunge of faith, trusting fully that the Holy Spirit is the true worship leader and that He will lead you into the heart of God.
This is a challenge to never lose the wonder. Your duty is to respond to God with the yearning to know Him more—because He will always meet your passion, exceeding your expectations and taking you deeper with Him.
Are you ready? Dove Award-winning songwriter Tim Hughes gives you practical and spiritual guidance for worship—from songwriting to having the right heart-attitude in praising our Father. God wants to take you deeper but only when you proclaim, “Here I am to worship!”