One of the things I really enjoyed from my time at Arrows College was hearing Ray Badham’s fresh perspective on things I had already known and read copiously about. Such as how we approach rehearsals.
I come from a background where “worship” (in the narrow sense) was the primary call of the worship team: which means (for want of a better term) the worship team must learn to practise the presence of God before they practise music. So for me, a good rehearsal means one where the musicians and singers at some point will “lose themselves” and “just worship”. (Actually for a team of musicians with varied skill levels, it’s ironically quite difficult to achieve this without the musicians flowing together, which in turn takes practice!)
Ray Badham’s perspective, on the other hand, is that if worship is all encompassing (as it must be), then our rehearsal is our worship. Put another way, our investment in getting the technicalities right (even at the cost of “losing ourselves in worship”) is our offering to God when we function as musicians.
Similarly on a Sunday, when we lead worship, “losing ourselves in worship” shouldn’t be our priority. We should be completely aware of the congregation, what is happening on stage and be continuously communicating with our fellow band members. Because in our function as worship leaders, our leading worship is our worship.
Presumably (and this goes for everyone, whether you are on a worship team or not), we can get lost in worship on our own time, rather than on the time of our team members or on the congregation’s time.
So do you agree? Is there a place for musicians to “get lost in worship” on a Sunday?