SELAH PRAYER SERVICES
What is a Selah Prayer Service? The Selah worship model begun in a small Protestant church in 2000 combining silent prayer, simple choruses and hymns with readings from Scripture and prayers in the Christian Celtic tradition. The word “Selah” is found inserted throughout the Psalms and was probably a musical term delineating a pause or rest. The Selah Service offers the opportunity to pause and rest together in prayer, song, reflection and worship before God.
There are songs, some of which are new to you and some of which are often used in your regular worship services. The short choruses are easy to learn, and quite beautiful. You sing them over and over again, and once you’ve learned the song you find that you can really meditate on the words which are simple yet profound.
Incorporated into the service, is a ten minute period of silent prayer providing a time for participants to bring concerns, confessions and petitions to the Lord and to rest in the mercy and grace that Christ offers each one of us. The ten-minute silence seems very, very long. You start off talking to God about your cares and concerns, and when that is over – has it only been 2 minutes? – you simply sit in his presence and contemplate the scripture that was read earlier. Something in that psalm has caught your attention, and you turn it over and over again in your mind, and in your heart.
Now the silence is over, and the service closes with a hymn of benediction. There is no sermon. There are no announcements, and no offering is taken. The volume of this service is quite low, everyone seems relaxed and thoughtful. The service ends with prayer, and in a hushed atmosphere of stillness.
Please Click the links below to enjoy several of Jeff Johnson’s Selah Services.
About Jeff Johnson
Jeff Johnson leads Selah worship for churches, pilgrimage groups and retreat centers around the world. His many ArkMusic recordings feature music from Selah as well as collaborations with Irish flutist, Brian Dunning inspired by Stephen Lawhead’s novels and guitarist, Phil Keaggy. To learn more about Jeff Johnson and his music, visit www.arkmusic.com .