A Prayer for my Worship Planning Friends

“Dear God — Many of my worship planning friends have worked hard this past weekend. They’ve spent hours in blood, sweat, and tears to tell others about what Christ did and still does for our world. As they look forward to another week, Lord, smile on them. Encourage them. Give them strength. And most of all, may You continue work in the lives of those they’ve influenced this past weekend. Amen.”

Great prayer via Bryan Nelson

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Genuine worship changes lives.

If worshipers leave a [worship gathering] with no thought of becoming more godly in their lives, then the purpose of worship has not been achieved. If they walk away from [a time of worship] without a conviction that they need to conform their lives to Holy Scripture, even if it means changing their lifestyle, then worship has been perverted somehow… The clear teaching of Scripture is that genuine worship is life changing

– Allen Ross

If you believe that worship is life changing then pray for it, plan / prepare for it, and expect it.

A note to worship musicians

I came across this great post from Karl Verkade that is very worthy of being shared.

Here is a portion of the post, which refers to a worship team making a musical mistake:

Yes, no one noticed that things were wrong. But had they been right, I can almost guarantee you they would have noticed. Often times in performances (yes, I’m referring to church as a ‘performance’…there’s a stage, we do solo’s, and we create a production…), church and otherwise, we have a mindset of thinking that if we can get it good enough to where no one notices that it was wrong, then we’re okay. But is that really our goal? To be just not wrong enough to where people don’t notice? Because in reality, people probably are not going to notice enough to say something unless it’s a complete train wreck. All the stuff in between train wreck and amazing? More than likely, no one will ever notice enough to say that it was bad. But. If it was amazing? You can be sure that it would touch people. And that is the goal. Not to simply not have people think it’s wrong; but to touch people when it’s right!

I hear this all the time when it comes to tone. Statements like, ‘Come on…who’s gonna notice the difference between a Tim and an SD1?’ And the answer is, of course, no one. No one’s going to come up to you after you play an SD1 and say how bad your tone sounded. And after playing a Tim, no one’s going to come up to you and say how good your tone sounded. But after playing the Tim, they might come up to you and say how good the music overall sounded, although they won’t know why. (Nothing against the classic and lovely SD1.) That’s what we’re going for. Not ‘no one said it was bad’, but ‘people were moved.’

There is nothing wrong with times when the music or your tone is just simply, ‘Well, no one noticed it was wrong.’ Those times happen, and in a church situation, many times God still works in spite of us. But in giving our absolute best into everything we do, we cannot leave that thought that incomplete. We cannot be satisfied with ‘they didn’t notice it was wrong.’ Because when it’s right? They notice. They may not have noticed it was wrong…but they will notice when it’s right. When it touches them. When it takes them from indifference to impassioned.

They won’t notice when it’s wrong, but they will notice when it’s right.

This is great food for thought, for musicians on any instrument.  If our goal as christian musicians is to touch/change people using music, then we always have to strive for nailing the material, not just getting through it.  All of the small details and nuances do matter.

ode 12:4

” We are called to be the interpreters of His beauty,

and the narrators of His glory,

and the confessors of His purpose,

and the preachers of His mind,

and the teachers of His works. ”

 

… we are called to be the interpreters of His beauty …

.: We’re not here to make s’mores :.

I just read this and thought it was an incredible way to explain the importance of worship rehearsals.

 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking rehearsal is just a time to get together and play through some songs. It’s not. That’s what a campfire is for. Rehearsals are for the congregation. So make them as efficient and effective as possible, for the sake of your congregation, the health of your team, and all for the glory of God.

 

Enough said…

 

 

Skill vs. Heart

The delima: Which is more important in a worship leader: skill or heart?  And, how do you prioritize the two without forgetting either the skill, or the heart?

“With an upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.”  (Psalm 78:72)

David shepherded his people with an “upright heart” and guided them with a “skillful hand”.  Here we see the balance and necessity of both heart and skill.

// inspired by GotWorship/ //

I love being on the platform…

and here is why.

Most weeks I come into our worship gathering in the same way you do.  I bring my frustrations, fears, and failures from the week before.  And sometimes all that I am carrying in can make it difficult to focus on God, and not me, and my needs, and the details of the gathering. 

But then…

The band starts leading, and I get to look out from the platform and see you freely worshiping our God.  I get to hear your voices lifted up as one to the same God that I rely on.   You displaying your faith in our God encourages me so much. 

Thanks VINTAGE for letting me worship with you.