If you've been involved with worship for more than a few years, you'll understand this so well!
Baby-boomer church, Seeker-driven church, Seeker-sensitive church, Purpose-driven church, Worship-evangelism church, Church of small groups, Cell church, Gen X church, Postmodern church, Missional church. Which is what?
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Mobile, lightweight, and versatile, the acoustic guitar is ...
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The Issue of Age in Modern Worship: An unemployed worship pastor confided in me recently. He had just candidated with a church and it seemed like a perfect fit. But after a successful interview process where he led worship at the Sunday morning services, the elders pulled him aside for a private conversation. “You’re perfect,” they confided. “But frankly, we’re looking for someone younger.”
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It's January, and I'm trying to get back into the flow of the bigger world - its so easy during vacation to forget some priorities! Some things that have caught my eye while catching up on my reading:
1. A letter to my worship leaders: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
2. A night of worship: http://www.davidsantistevan.com/night-of-worship/
3. How to start on time: http://bit.ly/1vS6WLX
4. Click tracks (although I quibble with his objective): http://www.worshipideas.com/click-track-magic/
A story of what happened.
A: the down side: I was leading the worship set; sick, a fever, snotty sinus and all. My mind was muddy, the team was minimalist (guitar, drum, and two singers), and we had no-one on the mixing desk to do a proper sound check - everyone else in the team was away. The congregation was down on numbers as has been the case in recent weeks (Is it the start of summer? Where are people? Why is church seemingly an option to be weighed against other weekend opportunities?).
I fluffed the start by beginning on the wrong song, then doubled the error by starting the next song in an un-singable key because I forgot to take off the guitar capo. By the end I was struggling to hold a note, my hand on the guitar neck was slipping, and I could feel the beads of sweat dripping down the side of my face. I was getting stubborn, saying to myself "I'm just gonna do this".
Then along came communion. I didn't know we were going to have communion! I hadn't prepared any songs to go with communion.
When all was said and done it was hard to gauge the value, other than the value of making a choice: "I will worship even if I don't feel like it".
B: the up side: Like the marriage vows go - "In sickness and in health". We committed, we served, we worshipped. I don't know about the others, but I really felt like I had had a valuable time focused on God. (Some) people in the congregation did sing. One mentioned afterwards the power of the words - and when one typically receives no feedback (unless its negative) this is a really positive response! I felt like discipline was there, and that while I could have been depressed I was instead uplifted. Who cares if it was low quality ... like an old low cost cell phone that barely works, one without the smart-phone features, the message still came through. Does it matter that the cell phone was barely functional? Nope! Does it matter that the church was not full? Not to my worship of God it doesn't!
Because it all starts with my attitude. I need to kneel down first before I can ask anyone else to kneel.
C: The middle side: Of course, who knows how long I will remember this lesson.
I recently read an open letter to Praise Bands. It covers the sorts of things we talk about already. But there was an interesting postscript that implied a question we should all be asking ourselves: "what is my theology of worship?"
Read the article , you'll find it interesting, and at the end perhaps you can think about how you would respond if someone asks you "What's your theology of worship?" Perhaps even more challenging is to then ask yourself "Do I live it?".
"Look, I’m not beating up on anyone and certainly imitation is the highest form of flattery, but what are we thinking? At the same time we are saying we want to reinvent ourselves stylistically, many of our churches are simply copying what they see elsewhere."
Some thoughts to provoke our thinking: HERE
Follow it up with some imagination: HERE
Here's a nice "light" rendition of one of the new songs we've been doing ... presents a nice contrast to the normal expression.
There are so many good (and bad) resources for the worship team member ... we just need to remember to use them.
Here I want to promote one: ShalonPalmer.
You don't have to agree with everything from someone else’s perspective, but sometimes we do need to open our eyes to think about things anew, and do things afresh.
Here's a recent article is on mistakes we make in a worship band.
Another was on "You might as well punch Jesus in the face"
Or this one on taking responsibility for your own worship, something that needs a daily reminder.
The bottom line: lets get engaged -- collectively and individually. We're not doing a job, we're lead worshippers!
The entries here are simply pointers to interesting resources around worship ... read and be educated!