OK, if you haven’t figured it out, I heart Twitturgies. If you’re a worship musician and you tweet, you need to follow this. Last week one came through that really got me thinking:
in worship a servant, in service a worshipper.
Those are pretty good lyrics right there, with enough content to fill a book. I think it’s a great summary of what it means to be a worship musician. Through our own acts of worship and devotion, we are able to serve others by leading the way into God’s presence. And as we serve others by way of musical leadership, we transform the musical offering into the spiritual offering of worship. This is moving beyond being a worship leader, or a lead worshipper, to being a worship servant.
I often tell the teams I work with that the worship musician’s role is to be a servant leader. The service we provide should go beyond just the musical offering. The worship musician should be ready and willing to mop the floor, break down the tables, change the diapers, and take out the garbage. It is easy to believe that as worship leaders, we do most of our worship leadership from the stage. But our best times of worship leadership come from serving, and worshiping through service.