Why We Do What We Do
“The people living in darkness have seen a great Light; On those living in the land of the shadow of death a Light has dawned!” — Matthew 4:16
We have a motto here in our creative department: “It’s not about getting it done, it’s about getting it right.” We repeat this to ourselves and to our teams before every rehearsal and before every worship set. But why is it important to be done at all? Silly question, I know. From time to time even the most skilled and well-prepared teams fail to see beyond the X’s and O’s. We must remember why we do what we do. Every time we open the doors of our church the seats are filled with hurting, stressed, and rejected people, men and women who desperately need to experience something real and positive.
I know I covered this briefly in my post “Sing, Play, Love” but I feel it’s worth expounding upon. Consider adding these elements to your pre-worship set routine:
Create some space.
If you hit the stage at 9:00am, start eliminating the distractions around 8:30. Avoid heavy or trivial conversations that will most likely invade your head space at the most critical times of worship. Ask God to calm your thoughts as you begin to focus on the task at hand. Encourage your band and singers to do the same.
Remember: “God is opposed to the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” We do not worship so that we can be glorified. If you want to be applauded, go be an artist. If you want to see lives changed and hearts turned to the Father, go out in humility. Prepare yourself to be a servant to the preacher of the Word and to the hearers of that Word.
We are all in this together.
I encourage all members of my team to lead out in prayer before we go on stage, letting them know that they have something to say. I also encourage them to share their needs so that we can pray for them. This is a powerful reminder of the wounded humanity that is in the auditorium. Whatever they are going through is a microcosm of what is happening in lives beyond the stage.
Shine the Light!
You’ve taken the time to get focused, humbled, and plugged in to the needs of your crowd, now remind your team why you are here: A great light has dawned! Sin and death have been defeated by the Hope of the world. Jesus! Go and proclaim it!