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Me Who?

"... Play skillfully with a shout of joy." 
- Psalm 33:3

"As an extravagant worshiper, we are never on a "gig" or a "show." We are on a heavenly mission, and being determined to see His purposes accomplished requires a response from our glorious God."
- Darlene Zschech

Excellence in music ministry is my standard. Not because of show, the prospect of fame, or because some thought-up lie that "I'm cold on the keys," but because God's greatness commands a sacrificial and skillful offering of excellence.

It is not about me. Music ministry is about serving the LORD and His majesty, supremacy, greatness, and sovereignty over all. It is my joyful response to His Word, His love, His grace, His mercy, and the fact that He makes salvation my reality.

It is not about me. People come to church hurting and searching for answers. People come to church to hear from God, sacrifice to the LORD, and to fellowship with other believers. The music ministry should augment and complement the preached Word and stir the heart toward salvation and healing.

It is not about me. I am just grateful and blessed to have the gift of music- so God can use it to explain His Word to willing hearts and open ears. It is for God to share His love, hope, peace, salvation, deliverance, and redeeming power with mankind- made possible through Christ His son.

"Don't fall into the trap of worshiping the worship. Worship the King and bring excellence because you love Him."
- Darlene Zschech


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