Okay, that would a pretty boring blog post, so allow me to digress. I’ve been in church pretty much my whole life. Admittedly, my church experience, as with most of us, is limited to a pretty narrow stream. But why is it that most of the time when I worship at church, the band looks like they are either mad or bored?
Now I don’t believe for a minute that most of the people in the band are mad or bored. My hypothesis is that we have issues with having fun while playing church music. That somehow we are more “spiritual” by appearing melancholy. I also think 50% to 75% of the people on stage are scared out of their minds to be in front of people, but that’s a different discussion.
I grew up playing in cover bands. We played the same songs hundreds of times for people who could care less how technically good we were. They just wanted to have fun and forget their cares for a while. When you’re in a cover band, you’d better enjoy playing, and enjoy who you’re playing with, or you won’t last very long. We could apply this to our worship teams as well.
Do you enjoy playing at church? Do you enjoy the people you’re playing with? I hope so! Sometimes when worship is really great, I love to turn around and smile at my band. It’s my way of saying to them “I love doing this with you.” Music is fun. Worship is fun. It’s okay to have fun together worshiping with our church families!
So this week at church, try to lose the long faces. Try smiling at one another and at your congregation. The joy of the Lord is our strength!