“The capo is my best friend, but sometimes it betrays me…”
Sometimes an acoustic rendition of a revered hymn is a nice choice in a worship set… and sometimes it is a bit out of place, like when it was not planned.
I've been part of the worship team at my church for a few years now, and it has been both a fun and stretching experience. I still get a little nervous when I have to get in front of all those people, most of whom I know a little better now, and hopefully they know me better now too, and not just for the regular unscripted mishaps that visit our church every Sunday. Yeah, in case you were wondering why those suddenly started happening regularly approximately a year ago… my bad.
For instance, recently we did an acoustic rendition of Amazing Grace, and it was.. pretty good, considering. As a guitar player, the capo is my best friend, but sometimes it betrays me. I mean, I guess it really comes down to simple reading and math. The music said capo 4, The guitar even has these handy little dots on the neck to see which frets are where. At some point in the process I placed the capo on the third fret. We usually start the song with just the acoustic guitar anyways, so nothing seemed wrong at first. It wasn’t until about half way through the first verse that we realized something was wrong. Our pianist (bless her heart, as they say in the south), tried multiple times to come in, but with no avail, she had become very confused, and from the look on the other band members’ faces, she was not alone. “What’s their problem,” I thought to myself every time the bass tried to enter into the song. “Can’t they see I’m stealing the show here?”
Of course, when it finally hit me that I was playing in the wrong key, I was a tad embarrassed. But all in all, we partook in some good worship that week!
I learned a valuable lesson that day too… If I ever want to do an impromptu acoustic set, all I need to do is change the key at the last minute, and although it didn't sound quite as nice as the way we had practiced, it made for a good story to share.
No really though, sometimes I find that it’s those worship bloopers that enable me to worship God more fully. Regularly looking like an idiot on stage in front of a congregation can be a humbling experience, and humility is something that we often forget about when we come before God. As long as my own mishaps, or even intentional actions as a worship leader don’t distract others from worshiping God, I will take the regular reminders.
Anyone one else either partake in, or regularly notice worship bloopers at their church?
Ever found yourself quoting from a movie during a worship service? Just imagine with me how the congregation would react if you threw out some popular quotes from, let’s say, The Princess Bride, or The Lord of the Rings… I’ve haven’t done it… Yet… But I’m guessing it would be epic.
The Worship Leaders Guide to using Movie Quotes:
Featured here are a few examples and tips for turning Hollywood one liners into worshipful wisdom… (Spoiler, LOTR is a gold mine for these things)
Besides the point that these quotes are all gold, the best source for your worship time wisdom should be found in the Word. While it is easy to Christianize pop culture, why draw from a source other than God Himself?
If you are really looking for some good resources for Worship leaders, I can’t say reading this post was much help, but maybe check out some of the these books & resources:
Rythms of Grace: How the Church’s Worship Tells the story of the Gospelby Mike Cosper
Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin
Doxology and Theology by Matt Boswell
And a classic, though it might require some rewording and modernization,The Valley of Vision.
On The Web:
The Church Collective
It is true that I often misspeak when trying to communicate ideas to other people. Recently during a small group meeting I was trying to express the fact that when we laugh, our body releases endorphin’s, and that overall, we are happier the more we laugh. Instead of relaying these sentiments, I instead said that when we laugh, “dolphins are released”. knowing, as I was hearing it come out of my mouth, I tried to correct myself, and blurted out “orphans!” (Que loud sounding buzzer) Nope, that was still the wrong choice. The correct word I was looking for was endorphins.
This got me thinking, What if we started a, lets call it, campaign to raise some money for orphans or the disadvantaged in our areas. Its really easy and all it requires of you is to laugh, hard! (also your money).
Choose how much money you are going to give. It could be a dollar, fifty cents, fifty dollars (for you big spenders out there).
Choose a charity. Ideally it would be a charity in your own community, Someplace where you can see your donations being put to use. We are more likely to see the value in our sacrifices when we see the results of them in our own community. Also, poor college students don’t count, believe me, I’ve tried…
Choose a visible place to put your money for you and others to see. It could be on your night stand, your living room table, next to your TV while you are watching parks & Rec. (It doesn’t have to stay in the same place… although if you are like me, if you keep moving it, you will keep forgetting where you put it.)
Laugh! This is the easy part. every time you laugh, remember to put the already chosen amount in your “Endorphin’s for Orphans jar. When the jar is full, donate it to the already chosen charity.
Repeat, and encourage others to do the same!
Whats the point you ask? Well besides giving to others who are in greater need than our selves, and the whole thing Christ said about taking care of the least of these, many of us are greatly blessed and we often don’t take time to thank God for it. Yeah sure, we have our problems, and really we are all basically poor these days, but it seems like too many times I only thank God for the big stuff. Why not take time to thank Him for the small stuff, like laughter and the little moments of joy that slip by unnoticed.
Every time I laugh, I want to be reminded that God takes pleasure in my joy, especially when my joy is in Him, and why not thank Him by giving to others!
What do you think? Who’s in?