Saturday, May 05, 2007

How can we improve on our Worship

Here is a little lesson on Leading Worship from our Worship Leader at Calvary. I am not on Worship Team one but this is a good lesson for anyone Leading Worship.

Living for the simple things in life: It's the weekend

Living for the simple things in life: "I Give You My Heart"

Living for the simple things in life: Preparing for Awana and Worship Team

I asked Shahan to give me some honest feedback after sitting through our rehearsal the other night. Team 2 people weren’t there, but I believe his feedback applies to both teams.

1) We sound really good. He stressed that. In fact, he said when he first walked in he thought he was listening to Hillsong (we were playing Now That You’re Near).

2) The vocals were way out in front of the music. He thought we could probably get away with that in a worship leading setting, but it wouldn’t be the best for anything else. He and I both believe the vocals should be out front, but I think we go a little far sometimes. This is especially true with songs that are well known. It’s a fine line, I know.

3) He noticed we all keep our heads buried in our music stands. He pointed out that surely we must know “Shout to the Lord” from memory by now. He believes it is habit more than anything and I think he is right. We had a pretty lengthy discussion about this; there is really a lot to talk about here. What’s funny is I just got off the phone with Nick (he called one sentence ago) and he brought this issue up. Let’s talk more about this on Thursday nights.

4) He said we could use more dynamics. This really is something I’m going to have to direct, but you all can help. For example, certain instruments (like the guitars, flute, and keys) should feel free to really bring it down or not play at all at spots in a song that call for it. Remember, music is all about ups and downs, highs and lows, tension and release.

5) He said I should have a mic in front of me at all times during rehearsal. I think the sound men are going to set me up with a lapel mic from now on.

6) He said he could sense the willingness of everyone to do whatever was asked with a good attitude. Praise the Lord! I have to concur with him; your good hearts are showing! What a joy it is to be part of such a wonderful group of believers!!



In conclusion let me say this: I believe we are doing a very good job; that our ministry is being blessed and empowered by God Almighty; that the Lord uses us to really draw people into worship Sunday mornings. But, I believe we can ALWAYS get better!



For His glory,



Jake

3 comments:

Kerri said...

Hi Lori,
Thanks for visiting! I enjoyed learning a little about you and seeing where you live. It's looking green at your place. Here too. We'll have to mow the lawn very soon.
I hadn't heard the tragic story of the murdered missionaries. So sad. There are some truly remarkable people in this world. These families are an inspiration.
Singing in a group must bring you great enjoyment. What a lovely way to praise the Lord.

e-Mom said...

Lol, great minds think alike (and fools seldom differ). Glad you've posted about worship here. I'm not a "professional" musician or singer, but I love to worship God from my heart. :~)

lori said...

Kerri,

Your welcome! I will be back soon.

Lori

e-mom,

It was pretty funny that you posted your post on Worship and then I got this email from our Worship Leader.

Lori