A lot has happened this month. I would say the climax started from the month of July. First and foremost I must mention about our new worship team. We consist of 6 members;
Daniel (my hubby, vocals), Matthew (15 year-old, electric guitarist), Rubina (web expert or something, pianist-8th grader cum violinist soon, extra vocals), Sabesha (fashionable college student cum active dance competitor, drummer), Ruby (my lil sis, working student, bass guitarist), Myself (vocals-lead-somewhat, pianist back-up no-grade, team ‘manager’)
It would be too long to explain how this team came about. But we started practicing in March. After so many months of ‘jamming’, we were offered a slot to play for the ‘All Night Prayer’ meeting for our church. *The all-nighter only happens once a month, started in July.* Doubtful of our readiness to play for a whole hour of worship, the team agreed to do it anyway. We began our practices towards the big day. I give credit to the whole team. We all worked hard. Our guitarist, Matthew probably worked the hardest. The youngest of us and has the biggest part to play. He had to play lead instrument for the first time. Our pianist and drummer, unfortunately, couldn’t play because we didn’t have the instruments in the church. That didn’t stop us though. We were also short of the bass because my sister, Ruby aka Bass guitarist couldn’t make it for the first prayer meeting. So with Matt, electric guitarist, Dan, Rubina & myself, vocals. We hit the road.
Conclusion: We weren’t disappointed. The flow was a bit choppy but we managed to make worship out of it. Only sad thing is that this group is made out of most of the youth of the church. So there we were, all on the stage, the fuddy-duddies on the floor, who’s gonna jump-jump mack-a-daddy with us? I’m sure the Lord was. Praise God.
In comes August and the next all-nighter. We practiced hard at our songs. This time around, we had more of the church including the pastor and family. Before I forget to mention, first all-nighter only had about 10 – 15 people as mostly were sick or out of town. So this time around we had almost everyone. I felt butterflies. Heck, and I’m supposed to be the ‘worship leader’. Anyway, this time around we had the electric and bass guitarist. The vocalists were the same. I reminded the team about the Scripture, ‘Not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Host.’ I also reminded them that only by the grace of God and by the strength of the Holy Spirit, can we do anything. I’m sure they took it to heart and released themselves to the flow of the Holy Spirit.We had our drummer doing tambourine instead and hyping it up on the floor. We hit the road again. The Lord did a great work in us.
Conclusion: We did a better job than the one before. Remember this, 15 year-old Matt playing lead with me queuing him every now and then; Ruby, playing better than her practices and us vocalists singing our hearts out. There was nothing better at that moment. We got good comments from the pastor. We had confirmation of the Presence of the Lord coming and flowing in that place. It was awesome. Now we have options of playing weekly for the weekly prayer meeting. Our pastor also asked if we were ready to do worship for a new place where he will be doing his ministry of teaching the Word. My heart skips. The Lord is indeed opening up doors of avenues to play…in the marketplace…where I want to be lead to lead worship.
It’s amazing how fast things can work out when you submit yourself to the will of the Lord. He will give you your heart’s desires and He knows very well, the desires of my heart. As he has spoken to me and assured me of things He will do and ways He will work in me and through me, I really cannot wait. However the time of waiting sometimes gets the better of me. I slack sometimes but I know that as long as I pick myself up, continue to trust the Lord of my life, He is there holding me, never once actually letting me fall. We are so carnal to think that we fall so often when the Lord is actually holding us up sideways.
It is funny how the things we say or do, or the murmurings we sound, are actually glorifying ourselves in our uselessness. And to think that the more agony we are in and the more people hear about it will actually make us feel better, which in fact is contrary to what we believe. HA!!! I’m going off into another topic.
So what I want to say this time is that, this new worship team of my church that I’m managing is absolutely awesome. Though we are hardly any professionals at all, we are making an effort to serve the Lord in ways that we can; to acknowledge our purpose in the Lord and to do a work for the Lord. It is our REASONABLE SERVICE!