Sing and Linger in Worship

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Lauren Chandler has recorded a worship album, The Narrow Place, and frequently sings as part of the worship team at the Village Church, where her husband Matt is a Lead Pastor. She strives for her music to be authentic and worshipful, but also understands the difficulty of balancing personal worship with leading others. Listen to her openly share how she handles this dilemma on stage.


For Lauren, authenticity was the difference between singing to the Lord and singing to perform. What does it mean for you to be authentic in your work or expression of worship?
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Typically, what does it take for you to feel satisfied in your work and worship?
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How do you normally identify yourself? How can you keep this identity, but view it through the lens of your primary identity as a Christ follower?
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As a worship leader, Lauren has been struck by the need for authenticity in worship. Part of what led her to this realization is the practice of lingering in the presence of God. In this next video, she explains how she came to understand lingering, and what God taught her by doing it.


What are your biggest distractions and pulls for your time? Do you feel that you have the ability to sit quietly and linger with the Lord?
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What things do you usually think that you deserve, and when you are honest about it, are revealing a heart of ungratefulness? Do you struggle with entitlement?
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1 Samuel 1:9-13 (ESV)

9After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord.10She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.11And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

12As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.13Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


In what ways are you waiting and frustrated and need to pour out your heart to the Lord?
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Is God enough for you? Is His grace enough? Is your identity secure in Him alone? If we are going to find true authenticity in our worship, we must linger in the presence of the Lord.