On the stage, my daughter and one of her friends joined with the worship team to lead worship. I am beyond thrilled that both of them want to glorify the King of Kings with gift he so generously gave them. Usually, I’m the one singing with the worship team. But today, I sat in the A/V booth and ran the sound board as they filled the sanctuary with music… making a glorious noise to the Lord! I thank God for the chance to train and teach the younger generation. And, I also am reminded of how important each part of the body of Christ is.
I am so thankful to have the opportunity to work with these young ladies and share with them the things I’ve learned about singing and leading worship. Of course, the main thing in leading worship is entering into genuine heartfelt worship of our Creator and Lord. There have been times I’ve shown up to lead … and not been able to because my heart was not in the right place. (But… that’s another blog post.) I also help them with stage presence, body language, and A/V advice. I’m certainly not perfect; but, I can pass along what I know that will help the next generation be leaders.
Working the sound board was a quite a task! It’s one of those jobs you don’t appreciate until you have to do it. I would like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to my hubby and the others who work hard behind the scenes in the Audio/Visual booth. Their dedication to quality and precision is so appreciated! I know us artsy people drive you Type A’s crazy. But, we need you! These behind the scenes workers get little to no acknowledgement. However, they make a huge sacrifice of time and effort to make everything flow smoothly and sound fantastic. Though our gifting is polar opposite, we work together in patience and love (usually) for the good of the entire church.
When I am singing, I hear myself loudly in my ear monitors with the piano, keyboard, guitar, drums, and other vocals set however I want them … really more focused on hearing myself. But, today, my job was to adjust the sound to mesh the vocals and instruments into a pleasing harmony. I had to listen intently and make needed changes. There were times I turned one vocalist up louder than the rest. Other times, a particular instrument needed to be adjusted up or down. Each instrument and each voice has a distinct sound, and, alone they may sound good; but, brought together with the right intensity, they make a beautiful magnificent tune.
We each have different gifts and talents. Consider who you might pass your wisdom along to. Who can you encourage and help? I encourage you to be a mentor and help someone find their passion. And, while your helping them to be their best at what they do, remind them that others are important too. Alone, we can do an okay job… But, when we come together, sharing our gifts with each other and joining together in projects & activities we can do amazing things!
My heart is overflowing with gratitude today. Enjoy this clip from “One Thing Remains”
Rise & Shine!
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.” ~ 1 Cor 12: 12-14