Thursday, March 31, 2011

Revealing....

As most know, I'm a member of our church's praise and worship team.

Its pretty much been awesome (:

Last year, I made a promise that this blog would be honest, vulnerable, and that I would post things that make me uncomfortable.

So, once a week, or so, I will post some our praise and worship team singing.

Some will be me leading worship, some will be someone else...Some will be songs written by me, some will be written by our worship pastor, and some will be Christian radio songs.

Doing this, makes me feel very uncomfortable, indeed. For one, we are very short on members of our praise and worship team. Our worship pastor plays the bass and keyboard during most sets!

We only have two girls, with the ability to sing harmonies, who provide back ground vocals....

We have one drummer, mainly, but we do have another that is able to sub when he is needed. AND, we don't have a "lead guitar", though we do have an amazing guitarist.

Plus, I'm completely aware that my singing voice is...well..ordinary! I'm okay with that! But, whenever people hear that I "led worship Sunday morning", they automatically assume that I could win American Idol.

Oh, not the case at all! That is why I consider it SO much of a blessing, that God has put me in this place.

And, actually, I sort of feel good, knowing that the congregation won't really be focusing on the spectacular-ness of a voice, or even the fact that our team doesn't put on a "perfect concert performance" and will instead be focusing on the ONE who loves us and is SO deserving of our praise and worship.

So, the first song is the first song I wrote. Its a favorite of mine...such rushing emotions....and such a plea (use me) that most of us shy away from asking GOD.

I think most of the time, we think that God doesn't want to use us, because we're not holy enough, spiritual enough, talented enough, whatever.

But that isn't true! Look at me...I'm not a musician, nor do I have the "best" singing voice! But God is using me to write songs, for him! Look at Moses. He was a murderer! And Jonah...he didn't even want to be used! And King David....a murder and an adulterer, but so beloved by HIM.

SO, here is the song...


It's called, USE ME

I'll post the lyrics below.

Usually, I lead this song. I love all the freedoms I'm allowed to have with this song. But, this time, Pastor Robby led it, and I was very pleased with the different sound it took on.



Use Me (A)

Alicia Stephens

1
5
You are the wind in the trees the current that drives the open seas
6m
4
You are the whisper in the night, a constant song in my life. (repeat)

Pre: 1
5
Here I am, a heart after yours oh God
6m
4
Break me, remake me.

1
5
6m
4
And use me (use me), oh use me (use me) in perfect love, Lord use me
1
5
6m
4
Use me (use me), oh use me (use me) in awesome truth use me.

1
5
V2: You are the mountain moving one, Awe inspiring, magnificent love
6m
4
You are my shield, my hope, my might, Oh perfect one, giver of life

6m

4

I-give-myself-to-you oh Lord, all of me, yes all of me
1
5/7
6m
4
I want to lose myself in you, all of me, yes all of me (repeat)
1
5/7
6m
4
I want to give myself to you, all of me, yes all of me. (end)

1 comment:

  1. When I visit you in Louisiana I will get to hear that beautiful voice again.

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