Well said! I encourage others to bring songs and lead, but they kind of know me as a musician, so I usually get asked by someone, "Hey are we doing some songs, tonight?" I am looking for creative ways to get more people involved in that creative aspect. As those ideas are revealed to you, me and others, I am thinking this might be a good place to post them.
Just wondering (as a singer and musician) ...
Why do we call playing/singing music "worship"?
Worship is a way of life, 24/7 ... a relationship with the One who is within.
For us, our little gathering (don't really call it church anymore), we had no music but accapella songs (as each one started one) for a couple of years. For a while, one woman brought a guitar, but now she's in a "spin-off" group. I'm going to be taking guitar lessons, but it's been on hold for a while.
Interestingly, once we got "weaned" of needing music, it didn't feel quite as important. I figure I had to get the "performance" mindset out of me... which died rather slowly.
Recently, at a large gathering of believers, complete with a band, I realized that the music wasn't "doing it" for me anymore. In fact, I felt manipulated, as if their goal was to "pump me up" and get me to some emotional state, which would be attributed to God's presence. I felt coerced, very uncomfortable, which is quite a switch from the days in which I was addicted to such a thing (& even participated in getting the folks primed -- oh yeah, we intentionally chose songs to build upon each other, with a goal in mind).
I had to sit it out, preferring to be in silence, and attune with God who's Presence is always with me (this I'm learning, after starting to lose the substitutes and counterfeits). I just cannot handle much manipulation anymore, not even with it's subtle, or familiar.
I love music, and love to sing... but worship is life with Jesus... it's awareness of His nearness, and sharing my thoughts with Him as I go through the day -- some call it praying without ceasing. I call it conversation with my Friend.
"The unanswered questions aren't nearly as dangerous as the
"We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking only to
learn that it is God shaking them." - Charles West
ex-mega church worship leader here...
A guitar in one gathering could be wonderful! A guitar in another gathering could be a chaotic, lifeless mess. Is it bringing about the Life of the Spirit? Is it even led by the Spirit? Is the guitar player full of himself? Does he still have platformitis?Everything we do in "gatherings"should be for the edification of the saints! 1 Cor 14:7...If anyone plays an instrument, but doesn't play it clearly, how will the people follow the melody? There's practical issues as well as spiritual.
We have musicians in some of our gatherings that have played professionaly on "worship CD's" that you probably own. We are a VERY musically capible bunch. 90% of the time, we leave our guitars/instruments at home. This is why: We have learned to follow the spirit in this stuff. We learned that if we come into gatherings with instruments every single week, we'll slip into a form of "trying to make something happen". Or the others will start depending on it, becoming a happy spectator. This isn't some doctrine..it's just what we've walked through. Guard yourselves against patterns, forms, etc. There's nothing wrong with intruments, until they become idols. And worse yet...out of tune idols!