"Help us our God / Help us our Savior / For the glory of your name / For the glory of your kingdom / Deliver us and atone for our sins / Deliver us and forgive all our sins / Help us our God / We come to you desperately needy / Help us our God / May your mercy come quickly to meet us / Help us our God, help us our God / Help us our God, for your name's sake" (Vineyard Music "Help Us Our God" ©1991).
Back when the Vineyard movement first began in the 1970s and 1980s, first under Kenn Gulliksen and then under John Wimber, there was a very strong emphasis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and seeing the gifts being manifested during the service. Worship services were kept simple, with a long worship time, a short message and a long ministry time. Ministry time was done in a special way. Instead of anyone who wanted prayer going to the altar to be prayed for by an elder or prayer leader, the regular attendees of the church would pray for each other. There was also often a time for words of knowledge or prophecies to be given.
Lyrics to the songs they sung were simple and easy to learn, such as in "Help Us Our God" from 1991. My first paragraph consists of that entire song. Other songs included sung during the late 1980s and early 1990s included "I Bow Down" and "Arms of Love."
Unfortunately, today's Vineyard churches are not at all like the Vineyards of the 1980s and 1990s. Modern Vineyard songs include "If You Say Go" and "Invitacion Fountain." With the modern Vineyard music came a turning away from the "old ways" of the movement into a newer form, and this newer way of doing things seems to be pushing the Holy Spirit into being unable to work during the service.Have any of you experienced this in your churches, whether you've attended a Vineyard or not?