Inside-Out Worship

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One of my favourite things about the Church body is it’s community. The majority of my best mates are in my Church family. The opportunity to disciple, pray for and walk alongside each other is beautiful.

And in my very little experience of being a worship pastor, there is nothing like the sight of watching God’s people wrapped up in the song of Heaven. (I still have to pinch myself that I get to do this as a job!?).

As cosy as this all is; it’s easy. Comfortable. It’s what we know.

That’s the inside.

Beyond our church walls, there’s the biggest cry and long for a Saviour.

Our biggest act of worship as people of God is to get out of our pews, and into the streets and lives of our cities.

Our best act of showing God’s worth is putting ourselves in the uncomfortable, the risky and the inconvenient - in the hope that someone may say yes to the invitation. Yes to the Alpha flyer, yes to the Sunday service, yes to the opportunity of accepting Jesus into their life.

We have the biggest privilege as God’s people to play a part in seeing salvation.

We sing songs at Church that proclaim the truth and gospel of Jesus Christ - but what songs are we singing outside?

The prophet Malachi writes:

“‘My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,’ says the Lord Almighty”

(Malachi 1:11, NIV)

This prophecy proves that God is on the move. If He is the same yesterday, today and forever, then just as much for the Israelites, we will claim as God’s people that anywhere the sun touches, God will be known.

I dream to see a generation of leaders that lead congregations into worship on a Sunday, and then lead others to faith on the Monday. To usher the Church into the presence of God, and to introduce strangers to the name of Jesus.

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Caz Brand

Caz is the worship pastor at St John at Hackney in London. She’s been a part of the Soul Survivor worship team singing and leading worship at the festivals for the past few years now. Before that, she joined the church as a summer worship intern. When she’s not leading worship, she’s either playing ultimate frisbee or in Spain playing tennis. Caz is engaged to Robin and later this year they’ll be getting married. She has just released her first song ‘Always Be’ in January, check it out. We love you Caz! 

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