Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Worship the Lord in the Splendor of His Holiness

I had the pleasure of worshipping last weekend with Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Praise Team (from Hillsong Church in Australia) and the only way to describe it was worship with a capital Wow. (Darlene is the author of "Shout to the Lord" and "The Potter's Hand" in case the name isn't ringing a bell.)
How wonderful it is to be part of a worship service where God's presence is so tangible. Each member of the praise team offered his or her voice or instrument in worship to the Lord. Darlene's gifted leadership draws you into his presence, encourages the praise team and offers it all in a shout of praise and thanksgiving to God.
I also attended a concert by the Christian band Delirious? where thousands gathered to sing and worship, praise and be saved. How marvelous to see some 1,700 people give their lives to the Lord (many of them young people -- our next generation of believers) following a message from Joyce Meyer. Praise Him!
And Father, God, I thank you for the hearts of the Christian performers so open to your guidance and filled with love for people. Thank you for the hearts of praise and worship teams all over the world, father. Use them to call us to worship and to use the arts to bring the lost to you.

Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.

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The Blind Side

Read about the real life mom from "The Blind Side."

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Read Matt Mungle's review of the movie at http://www.buddyhollywood.com/.

Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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