Life Church Worship Auditions!!

We’re excited about holding auditions for Life Church worship, February 4-7. These auditions are for the weekend worship teams (both at Germantown and West Campus), Student Life team, and the Life Kids team. Whether you have a ton of experience, or just a little, we still want you to audition.  

This year, we are trying something new.  You can either audition LIVE in front of our worship leaders or you can do a video submission.

If you wish to audition LIVE, please email Eva Phillips at ephillips@lifechurchwi.com.

If you choose to do a VIDEO submission, please read the following:

If you want to audition for multiple instruments, or an instrument and vocals, you will need to submit separate videos for each.  

We will view all videos and you will be emailed back letting you know if you’ve been asked to continue in the audition process.

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO BY: FEBRUARY 7

VIDEO INFORMATION:

Please submit video via YouTube.

Under privacy settings, select “UNLISTED” and title with “{YOUR NAME}-LIFECHURCH_WI WORSHIP”

Copy and past the link to your video in the email

Email to ephillips@lifechurchwi.com

WHAT TO PREPARE:

BASS:

Play Salvation is Here by Hillsong United and one song of your choice.

DRUMS:

Play You Deserve by Hillsong and one song of your choice

ELECTRIC GUITAR

Play Rise and Sing by Steve Fee.  Be sure to play opening lead line as well as the other parts of the song.  Also play one song of your choice.

KEYS:

Play Healing is in Your Hands by Christy Nockels. Also play one song of your choice.

VOCALS:

Sing the verse and chorus of Our God by Chris Tomlin a capella.  

Sing 1 verse and 1 chorus of a song of your choice a capella.

*Optional: submit any videos of you performing live in a setting. Email these links, as well. 

An Unexpected Encounter with Jesus

By Eva Phillips

Recently, my wonderful friend Noel Miller introduced me to the “Jesus Is ___. - Music Project” by The City Church.  We were driving to lunch and she said, “You have to hear this.”  She put on track #11 “Jesus is Loving Barabbas.” For the next 8 minutes, we didn’t say a word.  We just listened. I found myself completely taken back by the words and music. Tears were filling my eyes. I didn’t expect this. I was focused on lunch and the work I had left to do that day. Then all of a sudden God interrupted my life. Don’t you love that? God has a way of getting our attention in the craziest, most unexpected times.  

The rest of the day, I kept thinking about it. The music project was different than anything I had heard before. I had to download the album myself. I wanted to hear it again. I was taken to a place in Noel’s car where it was just God and me. He was speaking to me and I could feel His presence. I desperately wanted to get closer and closer to Him. The words had come to life and had impacted me. I had my husband listen to it on the drive home so he could experience it, too.  

What happened to me only a few days ago has stuck with me. I still can’t put into words what God is doing in my heart, but He used that moment to challenge me to seek after Him in a way that I hadn’t in a long time. I’m not saying this album will change your life (although it just might), but what I am saying is, get ready for God to use an unexpected moment/song/person to remind you of how much you should go after Him. I want God desperately right now. I want Him in every aspect of my life. I am sick of doing life the same every day and hoping He shows up. No! He has shown up and it’s up to me to see Him in the every day.

I challenge you to find a moment today and listen to track #11 “Jesus is Loving Barabbas.”  And get ready!

Audition Information for Life Church Worship Teams

We’re excited about holding auditions for Life Church worship. These auditions are for the weekend worship teams, Student Life team, and the Life Kids team. Whether you have a ton of experience, or just a little, we still want you to audition.  

This year, we are trying something new.  We are moving to VIDEO submissions for the audition. So, if you’re interested in auditioning, we want your videos by September 20.

If you want to audition for multiple instruments, or an instrument and vocals, you will need to submit separate videos for each.  

We will view all videos and you will be emailed back letting you know if you’ve been asked to continue in the audition process.

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO BY: September 20

VIDEO INFORMATION:

Please submit video via YouTube.

Under privacy settings, select “UNLISTED” and title with “{YOUR NAME}-LIFECHURCH_WI WORSHIP”

Copy and past the link to your video in the email

Email to ephillips@lifechurchwi.com

WHAT TO PREPARE:

BASS:

Play Salvation is Here by Hillsong United and one song of your choice.

DRUMS:

Play You Deserve by Hillsong and one song of your choice

ELECTRIC GUITAR

Play Rise and Sing by Steve Fee.  Be sure to play opening lead line as well as the other parts of the song.  Also play one song of your choice.

KEYS:

Play Healing is in Your Hands by Christy Nockels. Play one song of your choice.

VOCALS:

Sing the verse and chorus of Our God by Chris Tomlin a capella.  

Sing 1 verse and 1 chorus of a song of your choice a capella.

*Optional: submit any videos of you performing live in a setting. Email these links, as well. 

Has a Worship Song Ever Made Your World Stop?

By Eva Phillips

In June 2007, I had the opportunity to speak at Life Church for the weekend. I was beyond nervous and unsure about a topic. It was the first time that I had spoke at a church in front of hundreds of people. I prepared, prayed, panicked, prayed some more, and finally came up with what I felt the Lord wanted me to speak about.  Here’s an excerpt:

Do you remember the first time you heard a worship song that truly took hold of your heart? That moment where you were all of sudden hit with the realization that God was real. You were taken to a new level with God. It actually made you cry! Maybe you didn’t come out and cry, physically, but your heart was so moved that it evoked an emotion. Or maybe you haven’t had that moment yet.  That moment of true worship, that moment that we are made for, created for. Where you just totally let God take over and it’s just you and Him; and everything around you jut disappears. 

I remember the first time I heard the song “Breathe.” And I couldn’t wait when we’d sing it in church.  I would go on the piano and play it almost every day. Because there was something about that song that touched me and I couldn’t escape it. The song drew me closer to God. I felt like He had someone write that song just for me. It touched me so much that I felt like every time I heard it, I had to pause. Somehow God had interrupted me at that moment to remind me that I was desperate for Him. 

That is one of my favorite memories.  And now, after reading this sermon five years later, I am challenged again to allow God to break me in worship the way He did when I first heard “Breathe.”  It was one of the moments where my world literally stopped and I fell to my knees. I wanted to be as close to God as I possibly could. He was everything. His presence consumed me. I couldn’t get enough of Him.  And I responded to that song the same way every time I heard it. 

So I’m curious.  Is there a song that has done the same thing to you?  Please comment on this post and let me know.  Those are God-moments and they encourage the rest of us.  

"Glory of it All" - Performed Easter 2012

3 Resources to Inspire Those Who Love (or Lead) Worship

By Eva Phillips

Many times we wonder what it would take to go to a deeper level, whether it is at work, relationships, or with God. One of the ways we have been challenged as a staff, through Pastor Aaron’s leadership, is to read constantly. Read books. Read blogs. Read and grow.

I read a quote today and it says this, “Part of what makes a leader a great one is relentless learning. A great leader is never satisfied, never stagnant, but always pressing onto new things.” With that in mind, I thought I’d share with you three blogs that are good for people who love worship, who lead worship, or who just want grow in their worship experience.  

1) Elevation Worship  - They give you the stories behind their songs as well as link you to other resources. Make sure you check out their new worship album, if you haven’t already, “Kingdom Come.

2) Worship Matters - I read the book “Worship Matters” a few years ago and it is phenomenal. Definitely a great read. For those who just love worship and have a heart for worship, I recommend this book. This blog site is an extension of the book and is by the same author, Bob Kauflin. 

3) WorshipCentral.org/blogs – this is the collective blog of some incredible worship leaders. I love to find out how these leaders write songs and to hear how God inspires them.

Growth is essential for everyone.  If we don’t grow, we will become stagnant. I hope you are inspired today and challenged by these incredible worship leaders.

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