It’s hard to believe it’s that time again when we move into another year of church life and all the departments start up again.  As a praise team looking to the year ahead we’re excited about another year serving our amazing God in this capacity of leading worship.  As part of our preparations I had a few wee thoughts.  So here they are.  Firstly, I thought of our position as worshippers and as worship leaders.  Those who stand on the platform in a musical capacity so to speak are worship leaders.  It’s not just the person at the piano or the guitar who leads, albeit he or she guides and steers.  We’ve all been tasked with leading God’s people in worship.  What a position! Let us never be a distraction to the worshippers.  Our efforts in making sure our music is unobtrusive, our attitude, and even our appearance are all of paramount importance in ensuring that no one is taken away from the task in hand – worshipping our beautiful Jesus.  I thought also of our position not only as worship leaders, but as servants; for we are there to serve God’s people, our church leadership, each other and, of course, ultimately our Saviour.   Philippians 2 v 3 – 9 says ‘Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death of a cross.’  What a wonderful passage that teaches us what it means to serve.  We’re not doing this thing to better ourselves.  We’re not doing it so that people think we’re doing a good job.  We’re doing it to point to the Father, just like Jesus did.

Secondly I thought of our passion.  It’s vital that we keep our passion alive.  We’ve been gifted with musical ability and talent and we need passion to match it.  Let’s be careful that apathetic and lethargic attitudes don’t slip in.  We absolutely must keep bursting with song, singing the good news with joy and enthusiasm and making melody, not only outwardly but in our hearts to Jesus.  We need to keep our eyes on the goal and the vision – disciples made, lives changed, bringing people home, encouraging believers and ultimately glorifying our God.

Thirdly, what a privilege it is to serve.  It’s been my privilege to serve with all the singers and musicians of the praise team and I want to publically say THANKYOU!!  For everything! Your willing hearts and willing hands are incredibly valuable.  I see your commitment.  I see you arrive early and leave late.  I see you leaving your homes and families, sometimes in difficult circumstances in order to be at church to play and sing.  I see the sacrifices you have to make, often on a weekly basis.  You are valued.  You are appreciated – more than these simple words can say. We could not do this without you.   On the other side of this coin, let us remember how privileged we are.  God has chosen US.  He’s chosen us to sing, to make music – he could have chosen others, but He chose us.  Let’s watch our attitude.  Let’s remember that we can’t do this thing without commitment – it’s crucial.  Without it the whole thing would disintegrate.  Our hope and expectation for our team is that we will have willing hearts, hearts that want to serve, hearts that love Jesus and so love to worship him.  It’s our incredible privilege to worship and serve our lovely Saviour.  He deserves our all and our absolute best.

Maybe you don’t serve on the worship team but in whatever department you’ve been placed, remember your position as a servant, keep your passion for serving alive and always remember what a privilege it is to be able to serve the King!

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