“Worship leaders taste what they are serving”

The Sunday Sample Episode 57

Recently I revisited a book I read a few years ago. It’s called “Worship Evangelism” by Sally Morganthaler.
In it she quotes Henri Nouwen”
It is not enough for the priests and ministers of the future to be moral people, well trained, eager to help their fellow humans, and able to respond creatively to the burning issues of their time. All of that is very valuable and important, but it is not the heart of Christian leadership. The central question is, are the leaders of the future truly men and women of God, people with an ardent desire to dwell in God’s presence, to listen to God’s voice, to look at God’s beauty, to touch God’s incarnate Word and to taste fully God’s infinite goodness?

As Nouwen says, we who lead others into worship must taste what we are offering.  We do not have to be perfect, but at least tasting what we are sharing.  We are required to be a worshipper  before we can lead other worshippers. As Jesus said,
“God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”” (John 4:24 NIV11)
What helps you to prepare yourself spiritually to worship before you lead others in worship? I would love to know what helps you.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

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