It seems as those of us in church music are involved in a constant balancing act. At least in math there’s a right answer and a wrong answer.
Not so in music.
Not so in spirituality.
Odd, then, that God would ask His people to play music and sing praises to Him. He went so far as to create a group of people in the Old Testament charged with just the task of leading His chosen people in said activities – the Levites. No, they didn’t make blue jeans. You can start your research on the Levites here.
Well, we had some good ol’ Levites leading His people yesterday.
Danny Dukes and his endless, youthful enthusiasm lead in East.
Mike Gleason and his impeccable musicianship lead in West.
Both of these guys are at least 50 years old, but they don’t bring a geriatric quality – they bring years of experience and are able to command the respect of the “over 40” crowd that can sometimes be difficult with younger Worship Leaders. I think that’s a step towards creating a nice balance. (And I secretly think that middle aged guys in the audience feel empowered when they see their peer rockin’ out on stage ) 😉
If you hearken back to last week’s Sunday Summary, you’ll remember me talking about doing some tunes that “live in the heart of our people”. Well, we talked about that and tweaked some tunes to make a great set. Not the greatest set, but songs the crowd really sang. It wasn’t the hippest or the coolest, but I don’t think I’ve EVER heard our folks sing that much on all three songs – top to bottom.
Now a congregation singing loud or a lot isn’t the be-all definition of an intimate, engaging worship experience, but I think we’d all agree it’s farther along that road than a room full of “arms-crossed-staring-blankly-at-the-screen” type folk.
Unfortunately that blank stare crowd is a necessary balance that’s sometimes needed if we ever intend to introduce new songs to our people. Alas, the curse of the modern music department (well, at least as long as it desires the descriptive term “modern”, but I digress…). We’ll discuss the pursuit of that balance another day…
Anyhoo – here’s the set list I’ve now rambled about. Oldies, but goodies…
“Salvation Is Here” by Hillsong United
“Everlasting God” by Brenton Brown
“How Great Is Our God” by Chris Tomlin
East Band: Brad Bretz, Ashley Appling, Danny Howes, Danny Grady, Earl South, Chris Arias
West Band: Joe Lee, Richard Meeder, Brad Long, Alex Nifong, Jared Hamilton, Anna Houston
What helped YOU worship this past week?