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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Worship (corporate) (10/04/07)

TITLE: Gate of the Lord
By Donald Ford
10/08/07


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Here we were standing at the door to Kingdom Bound just inside of Darien Lake, a large amusement park in New York State. But this weekend was more about worship than rides and concessions. Our worship team at our church in Western N.Y. had been asked to perform right after Alvin Slaughter. How were we going to follow such a legend? But then it was time for our large tent worship service and we were being motioned to get up on the stage.
Going back three years our church had a congregation of about 300 people when we joined and became part of the Praise and Worship team. There were seven of us in all. The pastor’s son led our team. We sang mainly Hosanna Integrity music. Within that same three years our church grew to 700 and this was a phenomenon for our area, since most churches were staggering in attendance. But the growth was helped by having such a strong praise and worship group. We all clicked and knew our parts well.
Each week we brought new pieces we had learned and the congregation really warmed up to this style of worship. The young people were getting more involved in the church and even began holding an all night prayer service on occasion. They would also sing and praise the Lord and young people were giving their hearts to Jesus, while others were rededicating their lives after having fallen away for so long. God was on the move in everyone’s life.
Now here we were at the gates of the Lord as we worship as one body at Kingdom Bound. Some folks had never heard this music before and were strangely drawn to the Savior. We were asked to be a part of this worship program, since the folks at Darien Lake and Kingdom Bound specifically wanted all the area churches to be introduced to a new style of worship. It was one that drew you right into the heart and throne room of the Lord. This really was the Gate of the Lord and we were all being ushered into His Presence. This was corporate worship at its best.


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Joanne Sher 10/13/07
Sounds like a very neat, God-blessed experience. I would have loved to hear a bit more about the performance itself - the sights and sounds and such.

Keep writing.
Laury Hubrich 10/14/07
Yes, it does sound like a neat service! I think non-Christians or people who haven't been in a church for awhile would be pleasantly surprised to hear the contemporary music. Good that your praise team was able to worship in such a public place!
Laury
Linda Watson Owen10/15/07
What a wonderful gift the praise team offered to the Lord and to the congregation! The work and dedication that goes into such a ministry is no small matter. One phrase that keeps lingering for me after reading this is that the praise team week upon week came 'well prepared'. We should all work to be so in the ministries God calls us to. Thank you!
Joy Faire Stewart10/18/07
This sounds like a wonderful time of fellowship and worship. God has give you a special gift you are using to reach others.