O COME TO THE ALTAR by Elevation Worship

I have to be honest, I didn’t want to like this song. When I first heard “O, Come to the Altar,” God was the last thing on my mind. I was overwhelmed by stress about school, my family, and my future— drowning in my own thoughts of insignificance. What if I didn’t measure up to my expectations, my family’s expectations, His expectations? I let these thoughts consume myself until I would make excuses when someone asked me to hang out because I felt so little. I even stayed away from church. In the most teen-angsty way I know how to explain, I felt like I was holding the world on my shoulders on my own. But yet again, God reminded me that He already took that burden so I wouldn’t have to.

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CHRIST IS ENOUGH by Hillsong Live

It's been a little over a month since the previous entry of Culture of Worship was published, and I sincerely apologize for the unannounced hiatus. To be honest, during this past month, I've struggled with a huge lack of motivation to write a blog post. For some reason, I found it difficult to simply just listen to music and get ideas. I guess the best way to describe what I'm trying to say is that I was on a long and boring plateau-- tired and uninspired.

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YOU MAKE ME BRAVE by Bethel

The first time I've ever joined OLC Praise Team was April of 2014. I remember sharing the video to this song on the praise team Facebook group, because that's just what we do; and I remember thinking of how great this song would be if Howard or Julian lead it, but they ended up making me lead it instead. It was the first time I've ever lead a song in front of the congregation and I was completely terrified (and I still am sometimes), which is quite ironic because the song talks about being brave.

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COME AS YOU ARE by Crowder

During this week, I had a goal to have a conversation with at least one member of the worship team. And by "conversation," I mean deep, personal, one-on-one talk with a member, hopefully grasping a bit of how they see Christ and what He has done in their lives. If you don't know by now, I'm a pretty awkward and quiet person, with a dash of intimidation to add to that. Which means no one really sparks a conversation with me intentionally, unless we're already friends or they need something from me.

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GOOD, GOOD FATHER by Housefires

INTRODUCTION

Hello! Welcome to the first entry of Culture of Worship. This new series will feature a song every week and will include the following: logistics (band, album, author, etc.), a reflection on the song, and a few biblical scriptures. Ultimately, the goal of this series is for you to have a deeper understanding of the songs that we sing on Sundays through another person's (mostly Shann's) perspective.

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