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Melina on 100 Huntley: Kevin Pauls & Friends 

Over the Christmas break I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Kevin Pauls at our Whitby Christian, Christmas Changes Everything Production. Kevin and I became such great friends, especially when out of the blue, we realized our common interest and love for well known artist, Emeli Sande. I recently had the pleasure of joining Kevin on the set of 100 Huntley Street and got to sing a few fun songs (that Kevin actually introduced me to). Hope you enjoy these videos of El Shedai, In A Little While, I Don't Know Why & Love Lifted Me!

Part 2: The Art of Worship 


  Psalm 33:3 | Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy | (NIV) 
  
            When I read Psalm 33:3, three truths stand out to me: i) we are to be creative in our worship, ii) we are to bring our best in our worship  iii) we are to be joyful in our worship. These three truths should be the foundational elements of any worship service. 
  
Creativity | we are to be creative in our worship
            We are created in the image of our creator. I believe God intended for us to be creative beings. Creativity is one way that we get to glorify and honor God with what he has entrusted us in the first place (our talents and ability to create).   
            I think as worship leaders we should be intentional in planning and putting together services that are creative in their flow, content, and presentation.  Creativity should enable the worshipper to enter in the presence of God, rather than distract them from it. I don’t think that the order or intensity of our songs matters as much as the intent or purpose of why we have chosen that specific direction. For example, it doesn’t matter so much if the worship set starts with a fast or slow song, what is more important is why did we start the service that way? What direction will the content and intensity of that song take the worshiper in? What do these songs focus on? 
            Another great example is the usage of featured solos and instrumentals. Instrumental parts of worship are great for reflective moments for the worshipper as well as give them a break from constantly hearing a vocal lead (effective breathing room). However, instrumental music and solo-instrumentation shouldn’t take away from our focus of praising God (timing, length, placement of it should be considered and thought about). 
            The more intentional and focused our preparation time is, the better we can present and weave worship in a way that enables the worshiper to engage. 

  
Excellence | we are to bring our best in our worship
            We are called to give our best in all that we do, especially in knowing that we do it unto God and not unto men (Colossians 3:23).  As a worship leader it is important to expect and inspire your team to always give their best. Practice makes perfect. But practice and showing up prepared also enables us to focus less on the practicality of playing/singing and more on God and his leading. If the band is well prepared and confident with the material, there is greater freedom to sense and hear what God wants to do within that worship service. 
  
Joy | we are to be joyful in our worship
            We don’t always feel like shouting for joy. There are days where no matter who you are, from congregation member to the worship leader, you wake up and the last thing you want to do is be excited to worship God. I think it is important to be transparent and realize that those days happen and will continue to happen; however the choice to shout for joy and ask God to help us in seeking Him is what matters. God looks at the position of our heart. He wants us to cry out to him, in the good and bad times, when we feel like it and we are completely burned out. As a worship leader it is our responsibility to encourage the congregation to be transparent, real, and persistent in our devotion for God. Our joy in worshipping God is not based on our inconsistent emotions, but rather on His constant love

The Heart of Worship: Part 1 



As a leader, I firmly believe that we never arrive, know it all, or ever experience a fullness of knowledge. There is always room for growth, more to learn and new experiences to be had. 

I have been involved in leading worship and music ministry for over 10 years now. Recently I was asked to lead a workshop on worship at a leaders’ conference. In preparation for that, I have really been focusing on what makes for an effective worship experience (within a service setting). What elements can a worship leader/team focus on, in order to be most effective in engaging and bringing people into the presence of God? 
  
Based on my own experience, having read other worship articles, and remembering what the Word of God teaches about worship, I have come up with two key elements that if executed well and in a harmonious combination with one another can draw and enable people into worship. 

  
1. Part 1 - The Heart of Worship 
John 4:24 | God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth | (ESV) 
  
There is nothing more frustrating for me than going to a worship service, only to find out that I came to a concert. There is nothing wrong with concerts, however I think if a Sunday morning service has become a concert where the worship leader and the band play catchy music and the congregation listens and is highly entertained; then lets just call it a concert. 

The point where a Worship Service moves from being just well rehearsed music, is when people’s hearts and spirits are engaging and taking part in praising and adoring the one whom we have come to sing about.  

If God is spirit … I would suggest that it is impossible to truly seek Him without engaging our heart (spirit) and soul in our worship to Him. How can we worship a God who is spirit without engaging our spirit? To engage our spirit essentially means to engage our heart.  Therefore, if God is spirit… we have truly missed the point of worshiping Him … until we engage our heart. 

Just moving our lips and reading the lyrics on the pretty, moving backgrounds on the screen won’t do. To me that is as unreasonable and unsuccessful as going to the gym, touching all the equipment and believing that you put in a great workout. Furthermore, when we then turn around and say… ‘I just didn't feel God move in that service’, would be like saying… ‘Man, I’ve been going to the gym, touching all the equipment … but I’m not seeing any results.’ 

Although everyone’s response to worship varies and looks different, an engaged heart of worship should bear fruit, whether in demonstration of sorrow, weeping, joy, and or amazement of God’s character. An engaged heart of worship is the outward response to the inward working of the Holy Spirit. 
If we are to worship God in truth… then our worship must be genuine. The word genuine means authentic, sure of what it is, not doubtful, but rather sincere.  Jesus makes it clear in this scripture (John 4:24) that He is concerned with the position of our heart when it comes to seeking and worshiping Him. 

Therefore as Worship leaders/teams I believe that it is our duty to one: demonstrate a heart of worship, and two: teach people the importance of it. A heart of worship is contagious and if we embody that as leaders on the platform people will follow (unless they don't, but that is ultimately their choice). Our job is to continue to show what a truly engaged heart of worship looks like. 

The other key thing to remember is that we never know the walks or types of people that could be participating in our service(s), which is why I am a key believer in continually teaching on why we worship God, and how God intends for us to do it. There are many ways to do this, using scripture, analyzing song lyrics, using a personal testimony or experience, etc. The point is to keep informing, and reminding people of the importance of worship and to re-focus their entire being on the reason we have come to church; to praise God. 
  
Stay tuned for Part 2: The Art of Worship.
 

New Release - Rooftop Photoshoot 

Last night we finished shooting some very exciting promo material for the release of my brand NEW SINGLE. Over the last few months I have teamed up with producer, Aaron Cooper, and have been writing and working on a new song. This song is quite different from any of my previous music and I can't wait to share it very soon. Please stay tuned for more details and look for it on iTunes


The production team and helpers that made last night's photoshoot successful and so much fun. Thanks so much to photographer and videographer, Jon Butler

WORKING in the WAITING 

What are you CALLED to do? At the age of 14, the Lord spoke to me and I knew right there and then that He has made me, created me for a unique purpose. Furthermore I realized that He has equipped me with a gift set and an anointing to be used for His kingdom and His glory alone; I am called to be a Worship Leader. I’ve been seeking, working, training, enjoying and growing this gift of worship for over 10 years now.
 
This past weekend I was invited to lead worship at a wonderful Youth Weekend, UnderCurrent in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. The weekend was so inspiring and God – filled (especially for me). Over 100 youth gathered, hungry to receive more of God and to uplift and glorify the name of Jesus.
Melina & team leading at UnderCurrent Youth Weekend: Cornerbrook, Newfoundland 

During the weekend, the guest speaker, Mike Miller challenged all of us with the idea that it is in the Waiting Time (whether for a new season, or a revelation of our calling) that we are to WORK rather than just sit and do nothing. He explained that, “When we are seeking or waiting on God for what’s next or simply asking for direction, we cannot just do nothing and then expect to be ready when we are called.” I couldn’t have agreed more. Pastor Mike used the illustration of David and Goliath; pointing out that if David never practiced his sling shot in his every day life, he wouldn’t have been ready and quite possibly not successful on the day he was called, and defeated the giant, Goliath. So why do we think that we should wait for an opportunity and then begin to work and prepare for it?
 
I look back at my own life and believe with all my heart that if it wasn’t for the many times that I would go to my bedroom and strum new chords on my guitar or try out new melodies on my keyboard; I wouldn’t have been willing to say YES to the opportunities when they finally did come. Furthermore, if it wasn’t for times of seeking God on my own, whether kneeling in worship in my room, singing praises while driving in my car, or writing songs that boast about His goodness; I wouldn’t have been able to TRUST that God indeed has a plan for me and for my life. I wouldn’t have believed that He wants to use my life to the fullest of its potential, to inspire and encourage others so that they too would put Christ first in their lives.
 
As I listened to Pastor Mike Miller speak about WORKING in the WAITING… I was inspired to dive deeper in prayer and work harder at refining my talents and gifts – so that I can be ready for WHAT IS YET TO COME.
 
I have seen God bless me too much already to stop now. This only leads me to anticipate that there is still so much more that He longs to do in my life and through it.
 
What about you? What dreams do you dream? What has the Lord spoken/ revealed to you? Have you ever gone to God and asked Him to show you His plan for your life? I challenge you to seek the GIFT–GIVER and He will direct the steps of your life.
 
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
 
I dare you to be courageous and give it over to God, and while you wait on Him, WORK HARD (at whatever you do, as if working for the Lord and not for man – Colossians 3:23). 

2015 New Year - Intimate Hunger For God  

As I sit in my hotel room in Kansas City I am overwhelmed at the thought of how much more I NEED TO GET TO KNOW GOD: I mean get to know HIM INTIMATELY.
I have been attending the ONE THING 2014 Conference for the past 3 days and have had the privilege of hearing and learning from many great and powerful speakers and worship leaders (Misty Edwards, Laura Hacket, Kari Jobe, Jon Thurlow, Corey Russel, Mike Bickle, Reinhard Bonnke, etc). The one thing that has stood out the most to me is this... I NEED TO STUDY THE WORD: for without knowing the Word... I will never TRULY KNOW GOD. And without TRULY KNOWING GOD I will never know HIS HEART... and without knowing HIS HEART I will never truly experience HIS PRESENCE... and without experiencing HIS PRESENCE I will not know how to lead his people into a GOD FILLED WORSHIP EXPERIENCE. 

I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity and time to fill my GOD TANK. I am reminded that as a ministry leader it is crucial to continually take and make time to be alone in the presence of God; to seek Him; to meditate on Him; to go to that Holy place with Him. As a Worship Leader I am so inspired to keep on seeking God in my own personal worship moments like never before; reading his Word, reading books about worship, writing more songs, singing and waiting on Him. REVELATION 5:8 declares: 'From the rising of the sun to its setting down, the Name of the Lord shall be praised."
I have been convicted to make less time for worldly interruptions and more time for the KING OF KINGS. Less time for noisy distractions and more quiet time with the LORD OF LORDS. Less time complaining about how tired I feel or how hard life is and more time kneeling and waiting on HIM

See at the end of the day what will really matter is how INTIMATELY WE KNEW HIM. Will He recognize you by the amount of things you did for HIM? or by the amount of TIME YOU SPENT WITH HIM. Both are important - but the second one is CRUCIAL. 

Wherever you find yourself right now- take a moment, stop, and begin to THANK HIM and just PRAISE HIS NAME.
I pray with all my heart that as 2015 makes its entrance - God would be your priority and your FIRST LOVE. 

 

Kansas City - 2014 (view from The Marriott - Downtown Location)

 

Kansas City - #hotelSelfie


 

Empowered 21 - Pentecost Sunday 

Last night the Whitby Christian worship team and I had the honour and privilege of leading worship on a special nation wide Pentecost Sunday celebration broadcast at CTS. It was so amazing to be a part of the celebration of the Holy Spirit in unity with Christians and believers from all over the world. We worshiped and glorified the name of Jesus. Every day I thank God for allowing me to live my dream and serve Him. I was so inspired and encouraged by the hunger and passion for the move of God that was so evident throughout the many ministry leaders that took part on the live webcast. If you missed the live webcast, you can catch the entire program HERE.
 

Melina Dulluku with sister Anita, and friend Courtney
 

Melina Dulluku & the Whitby Christian Worship Team

Melina Dulluku and Whitby Christian Worship Team

ILIRIA Magazine Cover 2014 


I recently had the opportunity to be featured on the cover of Iliria, an Albanian, Christian Magazine. I want to thank Migena Ramaj, the editor and writer of the article featuring my story. It was a real honour to share what God has done in my life and how He has provided for my family and transformed our lives. The coolest part about this is that Migena and I have never met in person, and yet God allowed for our paths to intersect through ... you guessed it.... Facebook! 

I have always believed that someone's character will be revealed even in the smallest of ways; i.e. social media. As a result I've always had a passion for using facebook, twitter, instagram, (anything that reaches people) to be a positive influence and a voice of encouragement. I believe that God has called us to shine His light in any way we can; any place we walk into, whomever we come into contact with, the school we attend, our workplace, and even our FACEBOOK STATUSES! I believe that as ambassadors of the Lord - we should never hit an OFF switch. As leaders and people of influence we should remain consistent in our attitude, behaviour and lifestyle: a true Christ-like character should always reflect Christ.

I am not saying that we are not allowed to have ups and downs and days that are challenging, but our maturity and discipline should be rooted in the Word and always shine above our feelings and or circumstances. Having said that, I know and believe in a God who rewards those who first seek Him, and seek Him in spirit and truth. And that is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about giving my best, so that I can be the best version of Melina: the version whom He has called me to be. God has created each of us with a very specific plan and purpose that can be fulfilled so beautifully once you respond and say YES to His will over your life.

The opportunity to share my story and be featured on Iliria Magazine has reminded me that God is continually looking for people to be TUNED IN, and plugged into HIS plan for their life. The more I learn and grow, I am encouraged that life may not get easier once we live for God, but it sure gets sweeter and so much more fulfilling. I pray for many to be encouraged that God can take even the most depressing, difficult, dysfunctional of situations and use it for good - so long as we are willing to LET GO and TRUST HIM. 


 

YC TOUR: THIS IS LOVE 2013 

  
     This past week I had the privilege and the opportunity to join an amazing team and group of leaders as we travelled around Newfoundland promoting and encouraging YC Newfoundland 2013! We got to make 5 significant stops on the tour, starting in Gander, Springdale, Pasadena, Clarenville, with a final stop in Mount Pearl. It was such an honor to serve along side, Mike Love (Executive director of Extreme Dream Ministries), Dean Brenton (Executive Director of Church Ministries, NL), Berdena Payne, Ryan Card, and Joel Payne. I had the opportunity to not only learn and work with an incredible group of leaders but I also got to meet and work with different musicians throughout the tour. The vision behind this tour was to spread the message of Love; we all need love; unconditional love; Christ love. THIS IS LOVE tour is a movement that we believe needs to start taking place through the actions of fellow Christians all over Newfoundland. We hope to inspire young people to start showing love through their actions, language and attitude. Choosing to show love means choosing Jesus. Every time we love, we are making a right and Christ like decision. The tour was an incredible and unforgettable experience. God showed up at every service and many young people as well as adults stepped up and gave their hearts to Christ. Many others were encouraged, inspired, and reminded to start a love movement beginning with their daily lives. 

     
 
On a personal level, I was challenged to continue seeking God and believing in the dreams and visions that He has spoken over my life. I was encouraged to keep dreaming big and to trust that God always follows through with his promise. If God has planted a seed, He will help it to grow and to become fruitful. Furthemore this tour stirred up in me a deeper passion for reaching the lost. Being a part of a team of passionate and dedicated leaders for the week, helped to remind me of what our purpose as Christians is.. TO REACH THE LOST through CHRIST LOVE. (John 3:16)

     

Change & New Beginnings  

Hi everyone,
I wanted to check in and share with all of you some recent and exciting news. As of April 14th .2013 I started  a new position as the full time Worship & Arts director at Whitby Christian Assembly. I am so blessed and thankful to God and all of the people who have believed in me and encouraged me during the process of gettng here. This is an answer to prayer. I have been praying for quite sometime for a full time worship ministry position to open up. Not only that.. but that God would speak loud and clearly when the right opportunity presented itself. I feel so honored and excited to where and what God is going to be doing in this next phase of music ministry. Having said that.. with change there is to be expect a little discomfort and growing pains. One thing that will definitely take some time for me to get used to... is the fact that I spent all my Christian life attending Highway Gospel Church (12 years); thus a lot of patience and prayer is required during this transition time. I have believed from a young age that there is a 'time & a season' for everything, and that has definitely helped to put things in perspective. I have valued my time at Highway Church and am ever grateful to the people, leadership, co-workes and what God transpired in me life through them. I believe with all my heart that this is a new season in my life and that God has brought me here for a purpose. I look forward to creating new God moments and experiences with my Whtiby Christian family. Let's seek God in everything and make sure that He continues to stay at the center of all that we do.



 

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  • RAIMONDA

    RAIMONDA Toronto

    Congratulations Melina! Doing all that extra work while continuing serving at God at HGC was extremely ambitious, and took a lot of effort and dedication on your part. I'm sure it was worth it all, knowing that your achievement will make such a positive difference in your Christian life. We are proud of you Melina well done! :love:

    Congratulations Melina!
    Doing all that extra work while continuing serving at God at HGC was extremely ambitious, and took a lot of effort and dedication on your part.
    I'm sure it was worth it all, knowing that your achievement will make such a positive difference in your Christian life. We are proud of you Melina well done!

    love

  • Raimonda

    Raimonda Toronto

    I am so proud of you Melina! May God continue to bless you in your music career. Continuing praying for your dreams to come true Love Mom

    I am so proud of you Melina!

    May God continue to bless you in your music career.
    Continuing praying for your dreams to come true
    Love Mom

  • Terri Owen

    Terri Owen Toronto

    Melina is the most anointed songwriter/worship leaders I have ever met. God is going to use her in ways that we cannot even begin to fathom. Remain pliable, usable, and ignitable, Melina. Keep your ears 'tuned'and hold on for the ride, as the Spirit leads you forward! Praying for you continually!:love:

    Melina is the most anointed songwriter/worship leaders I have ever met.
    God is going to use her in ways that we cannot even begin to fathom.
    Remain pliable, usable, and ignitable, Melina. Keep your ears 'tuned'and hold on for the ride, as the Spirit leads you forward!

    Praying for you continually!love

  • Raimonda Dulluku

    Raimonda Dulluku toronto

    I Thank God every single day for what he has done to Melina’s Life. I am Proud of you Melina keep your work up and i promiss you always going to have my support and will be blessed. Love Rai

    I Thank God every single day for what he has done to Melina’s Life.
    I am Proud of you Melina keep your work up and i promiss you always going to have my support and will be blessed.
    Love Rai

  • Sherrie O'Brien

    Sherrie O'Brien St. John's Newfoundland

    Melina..I loved your story..you are an inspiration to all..your tallent is a true gift from God..Thank you for coming to Bethesda and for being such a Mighty Women for God..

    Melina..I loved your story..you are an inspiration to all..your tallent is a true gift from God..Thank you for coming to Bethesda and for being such a Mighty Women for God..

  • Amirth Thentral

    Amirth Thentral

    You're my inspiration. Your songs have really helped me and thank-you so much for giving me hope. I saw you at the conference on November 22nd and at first I didn't know what to expect. And then, when I heard your song it's like all of the pieces fell together. Thankyou for teaching me that I am not alone. I guess people compliment you a lot on your beautiful voice, but I want to thankyou for your beautiful words. Because it's what you say that makes you different from all the other people who have nice voices too. So thank you. For everything.

    You're my inspiration. Your songs have really helped me and thank-you so much for giving me hope. I saw you at the conference on November 22nd and at first I didn't know what to expect. And then, when I heard your song it's like all of the pieces fell together. Thankyou for teaching me that I am not alone. I guess people compliment you a lot on your beautiful voice, but I want to thankyou for your beautiful words. Because it's what you say that makes you different from all the other people who have nice voices too. So thank you. For everything.

  • Melina Dulluku

    Melina Dulluku

    Thanks everyone for your encouraging words and thoughts: Hope to see you all the TUNED WORSHIP EVENT this coming Saturday at Highway Gospel Church @ 6:30pm!!!:)

    Thanks everyone for your encouraging words and thoughts: Hope to see you all the TUNED WORSHIP EVENT this coming Saturday at Highway Gospel Church @ 6:30pm!!!smile

  • Anita and Mark Delanty

    Anita and Mark Delanty Scarborough

    God is doing an awesome work in your lives. Keep the faith and hang on to that old rugged cross. Lots of love, M&A

    God is doing an awesome work in your lives. Keep the faith and hang on to that old rugged cross.

    Lots of love,
    M&A

  • ♥Natalie♥

    ♥Natalie♥ Lindsay

    :love: Hey Dullukus' Guess wht?!?! I love you guys so much that my mom took me shopping to get Melina earings, Syndi rings, and bobby pins so i can do Anita hair! LOL I:love: you guys SOOOOOOO Much that every year when i go to camp i can't wait to see you guys! ♥:love: Natalie

    love Hey Dullukus' Guess wht?!?! I love you guys so much that my mom took me shopping to get Melina earings, Syndi rings, and bobby pins so i can do Anita hair! LOL Ilove you guys SOOOOOOO Much that every year when i go to camp i can't wait to see you guys!

    love

    Natalie

  • .tika-tika.

    .tika-tika.

    YEAAAHHHH. this is wonderful!!!

    YEAAAHHHH. this is wonderful!!!