Hicks: The Holy Spirit & Worship Planning

Holy Spirit Dove in stained glassThe power, the moving, the work of the Holy Spirit is the lifeblood of all true worship. Our Savior Jesus has told us directly—God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in Spirit and in truth (John 4:24). No positive spiritual impact can happen in any way, in any soul, unless the Holy Spirit is at work. The worship of God’s people, the church, is all about the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Yet I see a degree of confusion in our day and age over how and when the Holy Spirit can work.

What does this have to do with worship planning?

Watch God Move

As South Florida worship pastor, songwriter, blogger, and Biola University alum Zac Hicks so helpfully reminds us, the Holy Spirit is with us, working in us, and driving our worship planning. The Spirit can and will guide our preparation every bit as much as He drives the time of gathered congregational worship. As leaders in worship and music ministry, we are all passionate for our churches to meet with God deeply in our worship services—but the truth is the Holy Spirit will always care infinitely more. We can rest in that.

Hicks offers up a refreshing reminder of the guiding work of the Holy Spirit. In doing so, he highlights a compelling passage taken from the writing of leading worship scholar Dr. Constance Cherry.

I highly recommend reading Hicks’ full post over at zachicks.com