We love worship and it is very much part of our everyday lives as well as something we lead at church. When Ilir was asked to take over as worship leader in 2014 he was nervous about being a worship leader because he didn’t think he could sing well enough or play the guitar very well (his preferred instrument is the bass guitar). When he asked me to join the worship group in 2015 I felt very much the same way about playing the piano, but God has equipped us both and continues to lead us as we lead worship at our church Kisha Rilindja e Kosovës. We are blessed that we also have three other members of the worship group who each bring different gifts and a passion for worship.*
On Saturday we were asked to lead worship at a small church in Deçan, a town just over 20km from Gjakovë. Continue reading “Leading Worship in Deçan”
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.“
Psalm 100:1-2 (NIV)
You know the drill: Sunday morning comes, you go to church, find your favourite seat, greet others in the church, the Pastor/Minister/Vicar opens the service with a Bible verse about the goodness of God or the importance of giving Him our worship. The worship leader (probably wearing a checked shirt) starts strumming away on their guitar, singing songs that you’ve sung 100 times before or, even worse, a song that you’ve never heard of before. So you stand there feeling awkward while the worship team play and sing as if they’re in Wembley Stadium with an audience of 90,000.
Sound at all familiar? Continue reading “Worshipping when you don’t feel like worshipping”
Urime Vitin e Ri – Happy New Year! We hope that everyone reading this had a wonderful Christmas and is being blessed so far in 2017. It seems like 2016 went so quickly, especially the last month which was jam packed full of church activities, family commitments and challenges. Continue reading “Happy New Year! It’s been a while…”
For two days at the end of August we for a Couples’ Retreat up in the mountains in Rugovë, which is just West of the city of Peja and very close to the border with Montenegro. We were just one of seven couples from our church, Rebirth of Kosova, that made the two hour journey to this stunning location for the retreat.
Our time was spent in worship and fellowship with the other couples and discussing the importance of marriage from a Christian perspective.
It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks for Rebirth of Kosova Church. You may remember reading our post Rebirth of Kosova is moving! about how, due to the issues we were having with our old building, we had made the decision to move to a new building. We also appealed for your support to cover the increased cost of the rent at the new building and we would like to encourage you to pray and share our fundraising page so that we can raise the remainder of the funds we need https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/rokrent Continue reading “A time of transition”
The Easter weekend was a busy one for us as we, like most churches, had extra services to prepare for, and in the run up to Easter Helen was also given the opportunity to be creative and design the publicity for the joint service on Sunday afternoon at the Cultural Palace in the centre of town. Continue reading “Urime Pashka – Happy Easter”
Ilir (guitar and voice), Helen (piano and voice), Flora (voice)
Our worship group consists of Ilir (guitar and voice), Helen (piano and voice), Flora (voice) and Nathan (bass). We sing in Albanian but will occasionally also sing in English for visitors.
Ilir (guitar and voice), Helen (piano and voice), Flora (voice), Nathan (bass), Justin (drums)
We were involved in running a Youth Camp this summer for all the youth that attend meetings and groups at the church. This video gives an overview of the activities.