Message from Anthony
The Worship Leader: Having A Healthy Worship Life Outside the Church
Hey MCC Family,
There is no substitute for personal time with God. There is no pill, no self-help book, no euphoria we can reach that will ever compare with the peace, joy, and wisdom we get from truly listening to God and starting a dialogue with Him. It is crucial to avoid burnout, and it is essential to effective leadership that effectively serves God’s will on this earth. Without a personal relationship with God and a proper focus on cultivating that relationship, we can’t truly lead others to know God in a meaningful way. You don’t send someone with a high school education to teach master’s level college courses at a university. That doesn’t make much sense if you want the students to learn more than they already know. Likewise, you don’t send an anorexic, lukewarm Christian to stir a fire and passion for Christ in the hearts of His people.
As worship leaders, we need to forge ahead in our relationship with Christ on a personal level. We need to do so not only for our spiritual health, but also as part of our mission in this world. Should we let ourselves be spiritually run down, we’ll become like a drained battery, and any usefulness we have will be discarded just like that empty cartridge. No, we won’t power any device alongside others if we are void of spiritual power ourselves. J.C. Ryle once said, “we must read our Bibles as men digging for treasure.” That doesn’t just happen complacently, there is an excitement and a fervor towards hunting for treasure. Only this treasure that we seek is the truth contained in the Word of God!
Along with studying the Word, we must pray consistently with God. Not in such a way that is repetitive or pedantic, but in a way that is natural and genuine. Prayer is essentially a conversation we have with God, in which we petition Him and also learn from Him. It has to be real.
If we wouldn’t say the same things over and over to our friends or spouse; why do we feel that it’s just fine to do so when talking to God? Repetition teaches us nothing that we haven’t already learned. Dinnertime prayers just won’t cut it when it comes to effective prayer. God is real, and we have to talk to Him just like He is real. We cannot have a relationship with Him if we do not have real conversation with Him!
Finally, worship through song and communing with nature is a big part of our God-relationship. We may not have the greatest voice, or we may be allergic to some of the beautiful flora and fauna around us, but God doesn’t ask for perfectly tuned notes and He’s given us the wisdom to create highly effective allergy medications. There really is no good excuse to close off this part of our worship.
Plus, worshiping Him privately helps us build the confidence to worship Him publicly. As we sing, the lyrics become more than just a song written on a page. They become truths that are written on our hearts. We internalize the truth about God through the vehicle of music, and then we express that truth boldly as we lead His people to discover that truth. It all starts in the heart.
There is no leadership publicly without worship privately. We have to be more than just a Sunday face each week. We have to be truly worshiping God every single day, ever pursuant of a greater relationship with Him!
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
MCC Youth Group Resumes In The New Year!
MCC Youth Group has resumed meeting in 2022. Winter Jam 22 is scheduled for January 30, 2022 in Ypsilanti, MI featuring many Christian worship singers/bands. There will be a group leaving the Church @ 2pm that day, if you are interested in going. Also, a Zack Williams concert is coming up on April 22nd in Clarkston, Michigan at Mt. Zion Church. Available tickets are limited, so be sure to see Anthony for tickets & more info. Some financial assistance may be available.
The youth group normally meets weekly on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Youth Room Downstairs. All kids from 3rd through 12th grade are welcome. Be sure to come check out all the fun and fellowship!
The Sisters in Service ladies have been busy again dedicating their time and talents to support the community.
During our November meeting we made burp cloths in partnership with Sisters of the Cloth. The burp cloths will be donated to the Crossroads Care Center along with $300 so they can purchase highchairs to support parents in need.
Several ladies are also participating in the SIS Secret Pal program. This will be a fun way to encourage and support each other throughout the year. Our pals will be revealed during the May SIS meeting.
We are looking forward to supporting a new organization, House of Providence (www.thehofp.org). HOP is a foster home for teens located in Oxford, MI. We donated stuffed animals and gift cards as Christmas gifts. The House of Providence and Youth Group event has been postponed and will be re-scheduled.
Ladies, mark your calendars to attend these upcoming Sisters In Service meetings in the Fellowship Hall:
- Saturday January 22, 10:00am: the ladies will be working on blessing bags.
- Saturday, February 26, 10:00am: breakfast meeting for all ladies in the church sponsored by SIS.
Missions Update – January 2022 – Karamoja Bible Study Center
Mike and Linda Tingley received the following email from Duncan Ojiambo at the Karamoja Bible Study Center after receiving the mission support that Meadowbrook sent in December:
Hello brethren,Happy New Year to you all.I am very thrilled and short of the right words to use to express our appreciation to Meadowbrook Church family for the partnership that we have in propagating the gospel, training preachers and expanding the Kingdom of God.I received the gifts (my gift of $150, and $ 1350) for the church construction in South Karamoja. THANK YOU, brother Mike and sister Linda please let the church know that we are very grateful for your continuous support.Upon receiving the funds, we couldn’t keep it for any longer. Geoffrey and I set off for Karamoja to go and begin the construction of the church right away. We took with us a team of 3 builders. We couldn’t wait because of the challenges we are facing at our current rented house.When we arrived, we looked for bricks and paid for 6000 bricks, 6 trucks of sand, 20 bags of cement, 20 pieces of timber. We also bought wheelbarrow, 2 hoes, 1 machete, hammer etc.On the December 31st,2021 we had a leaders meeting, we introduced this gift to them and asked them to help the builders do the job. After the meeting we had a groundbreaking and the digging of the foundation started right away.We know that the funds will not be enough to complete the building, but we trust our mighty God for more provision. By faith we will have this house of God completed. We decided to build a permanent building (bricks, sand and cement) instead of a semi-permanent building of (poles, and mud). We were advised that termites are many in this area and will destroy the poles in a short-term.May God bless you abundantly and continue praying for his work of faith.Duncan
Linda replied to Duncan’s email and requested prayer for Meadowbrook as well in our search for our new Teaching Pastor and here was his response:
Dear Mission Team,Receive greetings from Uganda. Thank you very much for your response and encouragement.I will be praying that God will guide the search process for the teaching pastor. Meadowbrook deserves a right person to serve in this capacity. And God knows this right person He has prepared for Meadowbrook. We only need to pray that He will lead you leaders to His servant.The construction work is going on well, I will send an update tomorrow.Thank you again for your love and commitment to God’s work.Duncan
Ron Borton – January 4
Matt Cox – January 8
Don Edwards – January 14
Linda Tingley – January 14
Lothar Rossol – January 17
Darrell Cox – January 19
Aleczander Cox – January 25
Cathy Podvin – January 28