This past Sunday we had a rough pre-service rehearsal. Probably the worst I have experienced in awhile.
Our new drummer was having a hard time pulling it together and getting extremely frustrated as a result. It wasn’t that he hadn’t prepared. The problem was, our 3 songs were quite challenging, especially for a new drummer.
We had less than 30 minutes left of rehearsal and we couldn’t even make it through our opening song without falling apart. Our drummer walked off to take a breather before his frustration got the best of him.
In this moment I had to make a decision.
It was clear that the opening song wasn’t going to come together. So, we either cut it altogether or replace it with something else.
I decided to replace it with a song we had done the previous week. We went through it a couple of times and were good to go. I would have rather done the original opening song but it is much better to have a team that is at peace than one that is scared to death we will fall apart mid-song.
To be honest, I was concerned about what would happen during worship.
Although we could get through each of the songs, the last song on the list was still pretty rough. But, I put the Word to work and chose to ‘be anxious for nothing (Phil 4:6)’ and put it in the Lord’s hands. We did our part to prepare to the best of our ability and I knew He would take care of the rest.
The end result?
The music was a little rough but the worship was extremely powerful.
There were people up front at the altar weeping as they received their healing by the end of the last song. Our drummer was overcome by the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit in a way he hasn’t experienced in a long time. God moved in a mighty way.
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I tell you this story to make one point: perfection is not a requirement for powerful worship. As a matter of fact, God tends to move within our imperfection – when we finally realize that powerful worship does not henge on our skills and abilities.
We should continue to refine our skill.
Some would take this truth and use it as an excuse not to practice and refine their skill. But, this is just swinging from one extreme to the other.
The parable of the talents found in Matthew 25 teaches us that we are to take what the Lord gives us and increase it, make it better. The Lord cannot bless someone who is lazy with what He has already provided.
In short, prepare as if human ability is the only thing you can count on but lead worship knowing that you are anointed and the move of the Holy Spirit is all that matters.