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Worship Team Resources

Don’t Chase Moments, Live in Them

Now that Easter is over, I want to share a story with you! 

Early in my ministry, I remember counting the days until Christmas Eve and Easter services. Of course, there were other services to plan, but those were the ‘big ones.‘ Those were the services that you could take some creative liberties! I would amp myself up and try to find the most creative arrangements I could dream up and load the service with creative element after creative element. It was honestly a lot of fun! 

But the more I did that, the more frustrated I became. After one Christmas Eve service, I remember thinking, ‘That was it?! All of that, for that?” I was disappointed in my own work. I had built up so much hype in my mind and it was over in the blink of an eye. Not only that – the service didn’t seem to measure up compared to the one a year before! I was not only disappointed in my work, I was disappointed in the moment. It didn’t live up to my expectations. 

Why am I telling you this? Because it’s so easy to do – even on Sunday mornings! I know what it’s like to see your name pop up on the schedule. I know what it feels like to look at a plan, and be pumped to play that weekend! I also know what it is like when you mess up a few notes, your voice cracks, and you are immediately deflated. Where does that feeling come from? It comes from having higher expectations for the moment than what the moment actually delivers or what you were able to deliever. What I felt, and maybe you feel is the disconnect between our expectations and reality. 

We often say, ‘Playing music is like chasing the perfect wave…’ We say that because there is no such thing as a perfect wave. There is no perfect service plan. There is no perfect moment. No matter how much you may hype it up in your head – it doesn’t exist. The chances of every single person in the band playing every single note correctly, in every single song, are slim to none. If you live for that rush, you will always walk away disappointed. 

Instead of chasing moments, we need to learn to live in them and to be fully present – out-of-tune instruments, pitchy vocals, and all. To be clear, I’m not saying we shouldn’t care about excellence or try – we certainly should! But if you live for those moments, and only find your joy in those moments you’ll be crushed by them when they don’t stack up. 

So don’t make the mistake I did in chasing seasonal moments. Live in the mundane ones! Let’s enjoy every opportunity to serve and worship together. Don’t be defined in your successes or your failures. Don’t be like me! Treat every moment as unique — because no two moments are ever the same!

The Choir Room Study

I recently came across a video that was inspiring to me and I wanted to share it with you all! This video is a small snapshot of a group called ‘The Choir Room.’ The Choir Room is a collection of vocalists in the Nashville area who are reimagining the idea of a choir! It’s fascinating to see what is happening there! I wanted to share this video because I believe there are a few takeaways that could help us as we think about our Praise Pit. Below are a few notes I took away as encouragement as well as a few questions that were inspired by hearing this story. I hope that you feel inspired after watching some of these videos! After watching some of their videos online, I’m so PUMPED for the Praise Pit this coming Easter!! 

1) Members were engaging in worship not just singing. Sometimes we throw around words like engagement when we talk about leading worship. There are many ways to engage during a worship service. We can close our eyes, sing, clap, and even stand still in a reverent posture with our hands held out. Of course, none of these responses mean we are worshipping the Lord. We want heart engagement! We want to see God, and respond to him! 

It is so easy to get wrapped up in singing the right notes on Sundays and miss the content of the songs we sing! We forget that worship begins with the enjoyment of God! How could we stir our hearts in fresh ways so that we might enjoy Him more? 

2) Diversity in choirs (3:11) / (5:00). This was one of my favorite parts of this video. The praise pit does something for us that is truly amazing — It offers an opportunity to display diversity and mirror our Church! My prayer is that we might grow in diversity! What would it look like to have seasoned saints singing with younger saints? What would it look like to have people from all walks of life on our team? 

3) No stages. No superstars. We are one family of many voices singing for an audience of One.” This is a quote taken right from the Choir Room website. I love this! This is true for everyone on the platform, but I think it’s particularly true when thinking through what our Praise Pit is – no egos, no superstars, just worshippers! We want people who want to sing their guts out, as if they are the only person in the room.

I hope these thoughts inspire you. I hope these videos cause you to dream more about what eh Praise Pit could be and why we are so excited about it! Of course, we can’t do things exactly like they do in this video but it sure is inspiring to watch! 

Creativity

Creativity is often a difficult word to define. What is it? What does it mean to be creative? What is the role of creativity in the life of a Christian? How might the Church address the topic of creativity? 

As a worship team, our creativity is most obviously on display through leading worship for our Sunday gatherings. But music isn’t the only creative act related to the Sunday gatherings. Each move of the faders on the soundboard is an act of creativity, each pathway video – an act of creation, even the sermon, in some ways, is creatively constructed so that it is understandable and clear to the gathered church. Each of our creative efforts are calculated with hopes to spark a sense of wonder in the minds of those gathered together with us and to fan the flame of their imaginations. GK Chesterton once said, “The Trumpet of imagination is like the trumpet of the resurrection. It calls the dead out of their graves.

“The Trumpet of imagination is like the trumpet of the resurrection. It calls the dead out of their graves.”

G.K. Chersterton

Now, we certainly can’t raise the dead to life in our own power. However, we can use our God-given creativity to arrest the attention of a sleepy world and have them look upward to a resurrected Jesus who loves them, died for them, and lives so that they might have life. That is a worthy endeavor and one I am excited to be a part of!

As we explore what it means to be creative, I wanted to encourage you and give you some language for talking about creativity and the arts to one another. Here’s to making beautiful things in the future!

Why Your Creativity Matters to Christ

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