Friday 22 April 2016
I don’t recall exactly where I heard or learnt this (probably from Josh Yeoh, the founder of PenHOP), but throughout the worship set, even whilst you are exhorting the people to praise and worship, even as you are juggling the many things that you need to do and decide, the most important thing you need to keep asking is this: “God, what do You want to do next?”
“What’s next” could mean moving on to the next song. It could mean staying in this song for a little while longer. It could mean leading the people into a new song, into free worship, into a roar of praise, or into a moment of silence. It could mean sharing something you never intended to share, or praying with words that you never knew you had.
It isn’t easy. You get distracted wondering if you’ve sung this chorus too many times already. You get worried about how to tell the musicians that you want to do something different and you don’t have the appropriate hand signals to tell them - or you just can’t think of the signals quick enough. (Well, you can always walk over and talk to them; also, there’s where listening and unity makes a difference.) And you get that worried feeling in the pit of your stomach which says, “What if I’m hearing wrong and everything flops?”
The main thing is this: remembering that worship is about Jesus and even as we set out to seek Him, He draws near to meet us. And you — blessed worship leader you — get to facilitate this by listening to what He has to say right now in this moment. Your sensitivity to the move of the Spirit is something you need to cultivate.
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