I began playing the piano and flute in 1991 at the age of 10. I had no idea at that time that I would lead worship in more churches than I can count. My level of giftedness has only taken me so far. I believe God allowed me only so much ability because he knew how pompous and arrogant I can be. I am pretty much a textbook musician who depends on printed music in front of me. After I left full-time music ministry in 2012, the music ministries thereafter were not very complex. I could get by with little to stretch me. This is not the case in my current assignment.
I have been extended another month to lead worship in a very unique situation. I am leading worship in a service that is a blend of hymns and modern worship where the main campus is strictly contemporary. During June, I was the only musician with the exception of a guitarist on Father’s Day. Beginning this Sunday, I will have another vocalist, a guitarist, and someone to play the cajon. I rehearsed with them tonight, and I’m excited about this Sunday and the upcoming weeks as other musicians have been assigned from the main campus to join me.
I must say that this has stretched me. I am playing the piano and singing weekly, so here are some things I am remembering about being a musician who is constantly using my gifts.
- Music requires discipline. There is no way I could get up this Sunday without at least a few days of practice each week. The gift must be exercised.
- Music requires teamwork. I had the joy of working with two musicians tonight who are great. I had fun collaborating with them. I was assigned two songs by the “head honchos” of the main campus worship to give me an idea of vocal ranges and abilities of the musicians they assigned to me. They have been accustomed to different arrangements of songs than what I brought to the table. We had to tweak several things, but it came together.
- Music requires intense planning. Before I go into a rehearsal, I have to give the musicians resources so they do not walk in blindly. That happened to some degree tonight, but we did it. People need to know who sings which part, when instruments need to come in and drop out, etc. So much forethought must happen before something goes to the floor.
I could say so much more, but I’m getting tired. I do know that I am having fun in this journey. So far, the invitation is month by month. I may end up leading this on a permanent basis. I know God knows my best, so He will place me where He wants me. I enjoy giving God my best. May we all strive for excellence in all we do.