LCC Worship Team Night #1 22.01.17

Our first worship team night took place on 22nd January 2017. Each month we aim to produce a summary for those who could not attend and also to share our journey with the wider church community as part of relational mission. In the autumn term myself and James Beecham felt it was important to have a season of simply gathering (without instruments), discussing aspects of worship (using the worship central course material) and establishing a fresh vision for worship at LCC in 2017. Part of this vision has led to the emergence of structured 'team nights' typically taking place on the last Sunday of each month, involving all worship leaders, musicians, pa/audio and visual team members.

What is a worship team night?

"A team night is a time for worship leaders, musicians, pa/audio and visual teams to come together and worship, have fellowship, develop skills and release creativity"

We hope to begin every team night with a time of fellowship and refreshments. Many thanks to Aaron Read who organised our hot chocolate and coffee bar, a great way to show our appreciation to those who continue to serve week in week out. We want to intentionally include time within our team night for catching up with one another and building relationships across the teams.

We spent 20 minutes worshipping together (set list above). In this smaller context we used two acoustic guitars with alternate capo chord voicings and sang songs in lower keys than normal. This can be a really effective way to facilitate small group worship

"For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting' (Psalm 147)

Our devotional slot focused upon a short segment from the clip below of CJ Mahaney. Specifically, what is our role as worship leaders, musicians, sound engineers or in whatever capacity we serve in the running of a Sunday morning service? Part of our vision is to pursue excellence and use creativity to cultivate a culture of worship. As CJ states it is congregational participation and singing that is our goal and we must manage creativity and excellence with care in the process.

"What we win people with we win people to"

Many members of the team are now operating Onsong on their iPad. This is a very effective way to organise your paperless music, seemlessly transpose keys of songs and make set lists for Sunday services.

For musicians not currently using our Onsong library of songs we still update our Dropbox folder with the same new songs. PDF and word files can be found here and viewed/saved offline to your tablet or phone as required. At present our songs are categorised into folders entitled 'invitation, declaration, response and encounter'. This is to assist song selection, in particular reflecting upon the flow of songs in the journey of worship for a service.

The new song rehearsed on the night was 'Yes and amen', originally by Housefires. It has since been released by Chris Tomlin whose version we used as our starting point to learn instrument parts. In the 45 minutes we have together as musicians we are taking one new song each month to learn and worship with. At the beginning of 2017 this song captures a message of hope for the next season and freshly awakens us to God's faithfulness and the need to rest in his promises alone. The song is playable, singable, well structured, lyrically stirring and even works well stripped back with just an acoustic guitar.

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