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No Perfect People Allowed

[fa icon="calendar'] Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 12:25 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in following God, Timberlake, worship, life, grace, Bible, peopl, Church, Heart

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Here are a couple of facts about me: I am a worship leader and I am on staff at Timberlake Church. Here are a few other facts about me: I’m not a pastor, I didn’t go to Bible college, I’m not the best at memorizing scripture and sometimes I forget to read my Bible, I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my life, and I will continue to. I am NOT perfect; I often fail as a friend, wife, sister, daughter or employee. Thankfully, I am forgiven, I am blessed and I am saved all by the GRACE of Jesus Christ.

My favorite thing about being a part of Timberlake Church is the environment of grace. There are no expectations for me or anyone else to be perfect, just a hope and desire that we will learn about Jesus and long to become more like Him. Jesus sought out the sinners; in Mark 2:15-17 Jesus says, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” This is not an excuse or reason to sin, but simply a message stating that Jesus loves us just the way we are. He longs to see us apply His word to our lives and model His example of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Everyone has a different expression of worship that brings them joy – mine is through music. For those of you who have seen me lead worship in a service, I get lost in it. Even though I have led worship at Timberlake nearly every weekend for 10 years and I’m standing in front of hundreds of people with a microphone in my hand and cameras and lights in my face, it is still my time of worship and my time to honor and glorify the God that loves me just as I am. The God that longs to see me grow closer to Him. I have stood on that stage on weekends when I’m an emotional wreck, or on days when my husband and I have been “disagreeing”; I have stood there broken and the only thing I know how to do is sing to the God who comforts me. I’ve also stood there in times of joy and celebration and the only thing I know how to do is sing out in thanksgiving to the God who provides. My encouragement to you is to come to Him where you are today, exactly as you are, in your hurt or in your joy. His GRACE is enough and His love is unfailing.

Jillian Allan
Worship & Communications 

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More Than Just Music

[fa icon="calendar'] Fri, May 24, 2013 @ 11:13 AM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, worship, singing, praise, music

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Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.  (Psalm 95:1-3)

Since I lead worship at Timberlake Redmond on the weekends, I get to have regular conversations with people about the music.  Most people have great things to say like, “that really spoke to me” or  “thank you for leading that song.  It’s exactly what I needed”.  I also hear the occasional, “it’s too loud.”  One of the more popular questions I get asked is “why do we sing songs every week”?  That is a question I love to hear and I’m going to answer right now.

Have you ever found yourself driving to work, listening to the radio singing out loud because the song has something about it that makes you lose yourself?  Have you ever wondered why music has the tendency to put you in a certain mood?  Music is one of the most influential ways to express yourself and how you feel.  It’s a great avenue to have fun with friends or just sit back, listen and enjoy the lyrics.  It has the power to convey feelings and declarations that you may not know how to express.  Music is powerful!

We sing songs as a church because it is our opportunity to give thanks to the one who created us.  Worship is the believer’s response with all that they are – mind, emotions, will and body – to what God is, says and does.  Although I love so many old and new songs it’s truly not about the song we sing but the reasons we sing.  Don’t sing because it’s just what we do on a weekly basis.  Sing because you want to give thanks and adoration to the God who created you, who gave you breath and who has a purpose for you.  Let it be your opportunity to declare His promises over your life. 

I hope to hear you all singing a little louder this weekend…

 

Julian Garcia
Worship Pastor

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