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Here are some clips from the worship team I’m on in the new Justice Prayer Room (part of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City).  This team was put together in about two weeks by the leadership of the internship that Robin & I are a part of this summer, out of only interns.  They were able to form two teams to help get this new prayer room started.

I’m experimenting with a way to embed audio clips into posts.  You have to have flash installed to use this one - but let me know if you have any difficulties, please. 

This first clip is from an intercession set.  The focus of intercession sets are just that - interceding.  The musicians and singers help facilitate the prayers of the believers who gathered during this time by taking what they pray and responding to it and developing it using primarily the prayers of the Apostles found in the New Testament (but not limited to it).  This clip fades in right after someone informed our prayer leader that the 4-month old twins of a family from IHOP who are in Cairo, Egypt preparing for a conference, had gotten very sick and were taken to a hospital in Cairo.  You will hear the interaction of the pray-ers and the musicians as we join together to ask the Lord to intercede for the health of the babies and the salvation of Egyptians.

The next clip is from a “Worship with the Word” set.  During this day, we were focusing on the theme of “The Dark Night of the Soul” - those times when we feel like the Lord has ran off and left us.  We pick it up here around Song of Solomon 5:2, where for the second time, the Groom had come to the Shulamite bride, but she hesitates to answer him.  The first time (Song 2:10-17) it was out of fear and rebellion of not wanting to leave her comfort zone. That time, when she finally got around to running after him, she found him quickly and with little difficulty.  He was quick to forgive her of her rebellion, and she learns her lesson well.

This particular time it wasn’t from rebellion at all - it was just silly physical sluggishness, and she does rise fairly quickly to open her door for him - but, this time, he desires to cultivate longing in her.  It’s not because of anything wrong she has done; She rises and pursues him (her “Yes”).  But, he is not easily found.

The recordings aren’t meant to be cd-quality or anything, they’re really just for the worship team to evaluate - but, I thought I’d put a few little clips up so you can get a feel of part of what goes on in a 24/7 prayer room.  Because the focus on the word, and making all of your lyrics conform fairly strictly to actual written scripture, it’s really a great “singing seminary”, and the knowledge of the Word on the missions base here is unbelievable.  I know I’ve been humbled by my own shortcomings.

I welcome your thoughts.


Comment from Aaron
Time: August 2, 2007, 3:50 pm

The intercession clip was during a “rapid fire” time, when just anyone can get up to the mic and pray for 5-10 seconds - so, you never know if it’s going to be all scripture or what; but isn’t it great to see the specificness with which believers from all over the world, who are gathered in a corporate place of prayer like this, focus on such a specific place and event?

I wanted to give some scripture references for the spontaneous singing that came forth:

Intercession Clip:
1. “Pour out Your healing power, O Lord, in that hospital in Cairo.”
– I was thinking of Acts 4:29-30 when this came to mind:
“…grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
– so I paraprhased “stretch out Your hand to heal” with “pour out Your healing power”.

2. “As we pray, As we pray - Lord, shake that place, Lord, shake that place, as we pray…”
– It was an Acts 4 kind of day, I guess… this comes from Acts 4:31:
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken;”
We also see this occur with Paul & Silas in Acts 16:25-16, which was very relevant to another prayer topic that came up in this set: the Korean missionaries held captive in Afghanistan.

I just wanted to give an example of how this format not only makes it easier to actively engage in corporate prayer, but it also teaches and reinforces scripture and scriptual principles in the teams and in those gathered. There are actually some teams here where the singers are not allowed to paraphrase AT ALL; they’re worship leader requires that EVERY PHRASE be sang exactly as it appears in scripture. Cool.

Comment from Jessica Weisenfels
Time: August 8, 2007, 8:28 am

Okay, one question:

Did they put alll the Southern singers on one team?

Comment from Aaron
Time: August 8, 2007, 11:55 am

hehe… Actually, Singer 1 is from New Jersey, Singer 2 is from California, and Singer 3 is from New York - then, there’s me from good ole Ar-Kansas… but, I can sing how you’d think that #2 and #3 sound southern. Funny.

Comment from Emily Barton
Time: August 5, 2008, 1:49 pm

I love it when you add clips to your posts. MORE, More, more! They are like water to a weary traveler….

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