- This Worship Sound Bite is so important because, as Dwan said, when he became a Christian he had a deep well to draw from due to the history he had of building relationships with his church community. Get your kids in church!
Can you remember being a child and being excited to go to church? Do you have any memories about a time you went to a long Sunday service, had lunch with your church family, went home for a nap, and then back to church again Sunday evening!?
This Worship Sound Bite is so important because, as Dwan said, when he became a Christian he had a deep well to draw from due to the history he had of participating in the service and building relationships with his church community. Get your kids in church!
Psalm 145 says, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. 4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. 5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty—and I will meditate on your wonderful works. [b]6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—and I will proclaim your great deeds. 7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”
When children have an opportunity to participate in the Sunday service and they feel a sense of ownership of their church community, like Dwan, they have loving memories to pull from that will push them closer to our Father in heaven.
Also, creatively, Dwan is one of the most prolific musicians and songwriters in the worship songwriting world today. He recently co-wrote songs with the likes of CeCe Winans and Lauren Daigle. So, the “well” he speaks of carries over into his creative endeavors, too.
How good is our God at weaving together the tapestry of our lives? When we stop and look back at great memories, it’s amazing how often those memories revolve around moments within our church family and how we can see today the influence that history had on where we’ve ended up.
More from Dwan Hill
The thing about my grandfather’s church was, you didn’t have to be a professional to participate. In fact, they recruited me at five, six, seven years old. And, my feet couldn’t play, couldn’t reach the pedals on the organ. I couldn’t reach the piano. Everything was too big for me. But they found a way for me to participate.
They handed me a tambourine and said “play this tambourine”. And I remember those days so vividly because I felt like I could contribute something to the worship service. And I wasn’t just sitting down being told to be quiet. I was actually giving something to God, to the to the church community. I didn’t have words for it back then, but I was just grateful to participate.
What that put inside of me was, this excitement to go to church and to participate in God’s family. And I just remember being my grandfather’s church is a really small church, probably 50 people at max. And my cousins were there singing, my grandfather was up there singing, my mom was leading the choir, and I was related to 50% of the people in the room.
And, I just remember having a blast. We would eat afterwards and we would have church in the morning, for hours. I mean, the service was long. And then we would eat, probably take a little nap, maybe do a little math homework, and then go back to church. And right now that would almost feel like abuse to some people.
Like what? Why are you in church that long? But it was family. It was fun. I had everything I need. I felt safe. I felt secure. And I learned the word of God. And, you know, pros and cons of every situation. I don’t think I have two young children right now, and I don’t know how I would keep them in church that long.
But, what it instilled in me, like I mentioned, when I’m- when I got into a relationship with Jesus myself, I had a well to pull from. A well of Bible teaching, a well of spiritual encounters, a well of hearing the voice of God and participating in the family of God. And I think that’s why I
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Meet Dwan Hill, a 3x GRAMMY award-winning, 2x Dove award-winning, a 2x ASCAP Rhythm and Soul award winner, songwriter, producer, musician, writer, and church leader based in Nashville, TN. In addition to completing his Bachelors of Music Education and Masters of Composition degrees at Belmont University, Dwan has toured worldwide as the music director for CeCe Winans as well as with renowned artists such as Lauren Daigle, Jonny Lang, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Tauren Wells.