When it all Began…
One Wednesday night in March of 1999, there was a 16 year old boy strapping on a guitar and walking toward a microphone. This night was the culmination of weeks of practice and preparation, weeks of affirmation from a church body and years of mentoring and training from family members. This would be the first ever opportunity for a this young man to lead his home church in worship. Stepping up to the microphone, ready his hands on the chords and over the sound hole of his six string, he strummed. I would love to say that what came out of that sound hole was mesmerizing, worshipful, gifted…that was not the case. The first strum resulted in the teen dropping the pick and it briefly clattering around in the strings before descending through the sound hole and into the body of the guitar. With a bit more clattering it came to rest. Frozen in mid strum, now pick-less the boy said, “excuse me one second.” He walked over to his guitar case, pulled out another pick and started the songs again.
Yes, as some of you may have guessed, that 16 year old boy was me. That moment of embarrassment and human failure was how it all began.
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with [b]psalms.
For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Ps 95:1-7a (NASB)
What does this passage say to me?
That our God is worthy of devotion. He created the universe and cares for us as a shepherd for His sheep. We ought to be declaring that He is worthy. Said another way: we sing, speak and show His worthy-ness, His worth-ship, worship Him. As believers we should be finding ways to worship Him on our own as we live lives that honor Him. As well, we are called to gather as the Church and worship Him.
Many moving parts for one purpose
At Alsbury we have chances to worship together in many ways. One obvious way is through our worship services on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights (children and youth). If you have ever wondered how those services are planned, prepared and executed, then I write this for you! Many moving parts join together to offer our very best to God who deserves that kind of devotion and commitment. Do you think God is leading you to participate as a Worship Team member? Here is brief list of all the different ways to serve in Worship ministries at Alsbury:
Technology Team: running media, planning/shooting/editing videos for worship, sound operation, lighting design and operation
Platform Team: instrumentalist, vocalist, setup/tear down crew, moderator(does the welcome and announcements)
Behind the Scenes: stage design, chair team and prayer teams
That’s naming just a few that are involved with our Sunday morning services. The Youth worship team, COW worship team, LAB worship team are available for some of our students to plug into. As well as those that might be led to mentor and train young leaders.
How can you be part of a team?
If God is tugging on your heart to get involved, do not waste another day. In 1999, I was having fun playing the guitar and enjoyed engaging my church family. I had no idea the path He was setting me on. Perhaps your path is right here in worship ministries at Alsbury. The first step is to reach out to me. Email me at email@example.com and lets set a time for me to hear your stories of His faithfulness. Especially, when our first efforts often result in dropping our picks into the guitar and well out of sight.