Worship Confessional – October 19, 2008

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This week we had a great morning at OBC but we did things a little different. Because a good number of our creative arts ministry folks were heading down to a conference on Friday & Saturday we wanted to bring in a guest worship leader to lighten the load on our team. We also had a guest speaker, one of our partner missionaries from India. On top of all that it was the first Sunday back for our senior pastor and his wife after their 3-month sabbatical. So it was definitely a unique morning with its own unique challenges compared to a regular Sunday for us.

For worship we brought Joel Auge and his band to lead the service. Joel is an incredible musician and a great worship leader. His CD on Integrity released earlier this year and he has been busy touring all over North America. Joel was one of the worship leaders at the conference we attended so we were able to bring him and his band up to Orangeville on Sunday morning. They did a great job leading us in worship – you should definitely look at bringing him to your church sometime.

It was nice to change it up a little bit and give our congregation a bit of a taste of a different worship style from where we are right now. I heard lots of positive feedback from people who really enjoyed having Joel and his band there. I also really enjoyed Joel’s ministry and just having him in Orangeville with us.

So why not try changing things up every once in a while? If you’re the leader of your worship ministry and NOT taking Sundays off stage you are missing the opportunity to let your ministry grow, to see things from a new vantage point, to let God inspire you in a new way. Why not schedule a Sunday a couple of months from now when you are planning to not be on stage? Prepare your team for the idea and help them get ready for it if that will be a big jump for them. Or bring in a local worship leader from outside your church to give you a break and give your Sunday morning a new flavour. It will keep things fresh for you and for your church!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Randi October 20, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Hey Chris,

    Glad to see that you had the privilege to “sit back” for a sunday. It is quite refreshing to be able to worship with the congregation and not thinking about what key you’re playing a song in, where the feedback is coming from, or closing your eyes and “bonking” your head on the microphone. I agree that all worship leaders need time “off”.

    Keep pressing in!

  • Reply steve October 21, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Great challenge to utilize someone else as the upfront leader. I’ll definately work towards that. For this week did you have any input for the song selection? Any concerns about a guest leader using song your congregation didn’t know?

  • Reply matt October 21, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    huge joel auge fan. loved his stuff since the early capstone days.

  • Reply Gary Durbin October 22, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    that’s cool you were able to a break. I’ll have to check out his stuff.

  • Reply Chris From Canada October 22, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    @Randi – well “sit back” might be a stretch 🙂 I was hosting the service so I still had a part to play. We all have a part to play, no??

    @Steve – input, yes – definitely! Actually we changed some of the things we did between the two services which ended up working better in terms of how the service flowed. I said this in my email reply to you but Joel did 3 songs which were familiar to our congregation and one of his own.

    @Matt – Capstone is still one of my favourite bands.

    @Gary – Yeah. Good stuff!

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