One of the most impactful, convicting messages at the Worship Together Conference 2017 was delivered by Cassandra (Cass) Langton. Cass is pastor of the creative team at Hillsong Church, comprising thousands of creative staff and volunteers around the world. 


We decided to make the whole message available on our Worship Together Podcast this week. Here is an excerpt: 

A yes to Jesus actually means no to a whole lot of other things. When Peter said yes to Jesus, he said no to his family business of fishing. He said no to stability and security. No to financial well-being. Actually, he said no to a whole lot of things.

Sometimes I think when we hear the call of God, we think we can have it all. We think we can hear God talking to us and we can say yes to the call of God and yes to everything else. But the moment that you hear the call of God, and you choose to respond to it, to take up your cross and follow Jesus, all of a sudden we have to make a decision to say no to the world.

Sometimes I wonder if when we get called, we actually want to turn a blind eye and not pay the price, but get all the benefit. The Bible never said that following Jesus would be easy. It said that it was a narrow road. But it says that it leads to life. Pursuing the call of God is actually something that will ground you for the rest of your days. It is one of the answers to longevity.

We lived in Melbourne for a number of years. And I remember the Lord calling us to Sydney. I felt like it was really clear and I often don't feel like things are very clear. But we had so many crazy things happen. So many people would come and read the scriptures and talk to us, that it was evident that God was moving. I remember going, “God I don't really want to move to Sydney. I've never wanted to live there.” But as a little girl I stood on alter calls saying, “God use me. Use me God to do whatever you want to.” And sometimes I feel like he claims on those moments. He comes back and says, “Do you remember that night at the Worship Together Conference when you were in worship? Chris Tomlin leading and you went, ‘God I'll do anything. I'll lay anything down. I'm your guy. I've got this. Here I am. Send me.”

And then he goes, “Go home and keep doing what you were doing.”

You say, “No, no, no. I said, “Here I am send me. Let me be in Chris’ band. I’ll go to Australia with that girl. Send me God to the nations.” 

He says, “Just go home. Be faithful to your wife. Love your children. Serve your local church. Do what the pastor is asking. Stop getting offended. That's what the call of God looks like. Represent me well where you find yourself.” 

And I think as creatives it's interesting because the call of God is very clear –– to lay down our lives, to follow Jesus and to catch people. 

It's the great commission, right? Go into all the world and make disciples. Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded. If you sit here tonight and go, “I wonder what my call is?”, that is your call. I don't think it gets any better or worse for any of us. I think we are all given the same call, to make disciples. 

How we do that looks different. Some of you will be in business, some of you in ministries, and some of you will be at school or an university or college. But we can work out that call wherever we find ourselves. Wherever we are, whatever we do, we get to work out the call to make disciples. 

But the beauty is you're creatives. I think that adds whole other exciting dimension to the call. Because I actually think that God commissions you to reimagine His story, to actually take it and spin it in a hundred different ways and help society to see it like they have never seen it before. I don't believe that creativity is for the church alone. I actually think it's for the world. I think they're meant to see and be amazed and astounded at the story we tell our stories better than anybody else's story. Our redemptive story is beautiful and magnificent and vast. I'm always amazed because I think God is so much better than what they ever would tell you. I think when you encounter God for yourself He takes your breath away. 


This article was taken from the Worship Together Podcast and edited for clarity. To listen to Cass Langton’s full message, please visit your favorite podcast provider or listen to the Soundcloud embed below.

“Future Marches In” is the anthem of freedom UNITED has written to empower listeners. It reminds us that the battle has already been won, God has defeated darkness and we are free from it all. Free from the enemy, free from impossible situations, and free from guilt and shame.

 “Look back no further than the
Savior’s cross Look to the future like the grave is lost
There’s a promise returning all the stolen years
There’s nothing left to fear
Now the King is here
So lift your voice and sing”

 There’s a promise returning all the stolen years”, this is such a powerful statement. God saves us from sin and the lives we used to live without the influence of Christ yet, the enemy can keep us tied to our past by wrapping us in bondages of guilt. Every one of us is at a different place in our journeys, some of us have been rescued from some hard situations and strongholds in our lives that we still struggle with. Sometimes we still hold on to guilt. We feel guilt for allowing ourselves to be overcome with temptations or selfish ambitions. Even after God has delivered us from those things, we can still hold on to shame.

Guilt is our way of trying to pay for what we did wrong but, if Jesus has removed and paid for our transgressions, how can we remain guilty? The Bible does say we need to grieve our sins, but then we give it over to God so we can move on to the joy of the Lord! Press towards growth! We are set free in Jesus’ name from our past!

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9

 This is the idea that UNITED celebrates in this new song.

“We’ve been redeemed
We’ve been set free
The time has come
The fight is won
The future marches in and calls us free”

God has declared us free. God has declared us brand new. We have the victory over our strongholds because the power of Christ lives within us.

Check out the New Song Cafe below to get a behind the scenes perspective of the writing process and the power behind the lyrics. 

Blog written by Taylor Brady, Worship Together Intern

The long anticipated new album from UNITED is here! Wonder explores new melodies and tones that bring a joyful hope into the presence of God. Hillsong United's Joel Houston sums up the purpose of the album and it's lyrics in this press release:

"The hope, the imagination to dream, to believe, the tenderness to listen and lead first with mercy, the grace to empathize, the courage to trust, the fearlessness to love without pretense or condition. To see beyond the facts without dismissing them. To respond beyond the fear without reciprocating it. To sing beyond the noise, without adding to it. This is the challenge, and this is what worship— if worship can be summed up as an expression of art and music and story— is ultimately designed to do. To elevate the conversation, re-awaken the soul to something other, and lift our eyes to the wonder of a superlative truth."

We hope this album inspires your church and your spirit to seek and praise the wonder of God. 

We have an exclusive worship leader bundle available now at the Worship Together store including the CD Wonder, chord charts for each song, and a poster and note from Hillsong United's Joel Houston.

You can get the Worship Leader Bundle here: https://store.worshiptogether.com/

Below you’ll find song resources including a free chart* and New Song Cafe*. Enjoy!

Song Resources

 Wonder*

Shadow Step*

Future Marches In**

So Will I (100 Billion X)

Splinters And Stones*

Glimmer In The Dust

Greatest Of These

Shape Of Your Heart

Not Today

Life

Rain / Reign

Water To Wine

As worship leaders, one of our main jobs is to lead the people of God into His presence. Each week we carefully plan our setlist to center the church’s heart and mind on God. What we don’t always consider, is what a central role worship music can play in someone finding Christ.

I was reminded of the mysteries of how Christ works on this week’s podcast with Hillsong UNITED’s Taya Smith. I had the opportunity to speak to her just days after the band returned from Israel and the middle east. I asked her about what it was like to lead worship at the Sea of Galilee.

“We were actually singing at the Muslim Wall in the Muslim quarter, and we see people in the windows. Some people were filming, and I was like, ‘This is so cool.’ Then they’d see that we were looking and shut their windows. But they’d open it again, just a little, to let the music in. There are so many of those moments where you’re like, ‘I have no idea what God is doing behind the scenes, but there are little glimpses that He is.”

Each week there are people in our churches who don’t know Christ. While not always visible to our eyes, God uses worship music to reveal himself to people in ways we can only imagine. Music has a way of connecting with people so deeply that they are open to hearing Jesus’ call. Ushering our church into God’s presence unquestionably impacts those who may not yet have a relationship with Him. As Taya said, we have no idea what God is doing behind the scenes. Our role is to be faithful to the calling and rejoice in the knowledge that God is always at work.

This article was taken from the Worship Together Podcast. To listen to the full interview with Hillsong UNITED’s Taya Smith please visit your favorite podcast provider or listen to the Soundcloud embed below.

It's finally here! We are beyond excited about the release of Worship Central's newest album Mercy Road. This album uses captivating lyrics and melodies to encourage authentic worship. May your spirit and church be refreshed and renewed by the heart of Jesus within these songs!  

Below you’ll find song resources and a free chart*. Enjoy!

Song Resources

All That Matters

Mercy Road

Praise The Lord (Evermore)

Devotion*

Waves

Lights

He Lives

Hideaway

Pray

To God Be The Glory

Blessings,

The Worship Together Team

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