Scenario 1: It’s Sunday morning. Soundcheck is 8am. You arrive a little bleary eyed but ready to serve. You had a rehearsal earlier in the week, you had a good pray leading into this moment, songs are prepared, everyone arrives on time and you’re off…..kick drum please
Scenario 2: It’s Sunday morning. Soundcheck is 8am. You’ve already had 3 coffees to try to wake up, you had a gig late last night or your child was up all night sick and so sleep was at minimum. You have planned the songs but not had a run through, you offered a few prayers up first thing this morning, the band is here, everyone’s plugging in…..let’s see what happens….
Scenario 3: It’s Sunday morning. Soundcheck is 8am. You overslept, the car needed petrol and the kids haven’t stopped fighting all morning. You’ve already shouted so hard that your throat hurts. Someone just cut you up on the road and you gave them a glare. You’re patience is all used up and you haven’t even arrived at church yet. You arrive only to discover that the drummer’s also running late and the stage hasn’t been set properly by the people who used it last night. Mics are missing, you can’t find any DI boxes and the drum kit is in the back of a cupboard behind 12 trestle tables and 100 chairs. You managed to work out your set late last night and you hope it’s going to come together. 15 mins before people come in you begin to soundcheck…what could possibly go wrong?!!!
Do any of these scenarios resonate with your experiences?!
Well I’ve got some good news for you. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom! What do I mean by this?
One of the scriptures that I love to dive into when leading worship is in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”
Whether our preparation in the week has gone to plan or not, our job as worshippers and as leaders is to lead people to God, not to coerce him into meeting with us based upon our immaculate preparation. Only he can bring about freedom and change, which he does by His Spirit. I love this because my confidence in how the morning goes is not then dependant on me or circumstance. It’s dependant on His Spirit. The promise is that we no longer have to put a veil over our face to see the glory of the Lord but now, because of Jesus, we can behold his glory, meet with him, encounter him and experience transformation as he works deep into our lives with his grace as we’re captivated by Jesus and the Kingdom he has allowed us to join. AMAZING!
I know how hard it can sometimes be when having commenced the meeting we are confronted by a wall of faces, many distant, some engaging, some with coffee cups still in hand and some carrying sorrow so deep and no-one knows. Just 30 minutes before we were full of faith, having sensed God near as we practised the songs. COME ON PEOPLE!! We must remind ourselves in these moments that we have the incredible privilege of leading people’s hearts and minds towards the truth of God. And as we begin to remember the nature of God - the beauty of his character, the greatness of his mercy and the richness of his majesty - we also remember that he is the one who has always taken the initiative in drawing near to humanity. These intentions haven’t changed and our dependance has to be fully on him to transform those we are serving. It’s HIS glory, not ours which has the power to do this.
I believe in excellence (working at your gifting to the best of your ability), I believe in prayer and pursuit of God in the week, I believe in preparation, I believe in living a Spirit filled life throughout the week - not just on a Sunday - but most of all I believe in God’s grace and love for His people and that we ALWAYS need to be DEPENDANT on Him as we POINT OUR CONGREGATION TO HIM.
Lou is a legend! She has been leading worship and writing songs for many years now, not only in the U.K. but all over the world. Lou is based at CCK Church in Brighton and was the singer of christian worship band ‘Phatfish’ before releasing music on her own. She is involved in leading worship at Spring Harvest, New Day Youth Festival, and many more events around the U.K.. Lou is married to Nathan who is also on the CCK church worship team, and they have three lovely children. She has recently recorded a brand new live album and some of her songs include ‘Lord I Need You’, ‘Everlasting Arms’, and ‘This Changes Everything’.