Hey Worship Leader! Practice Your Guitar!!

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Worship leading requires skill. Sometimes I believe we devalue hard work when it comes to worship. After all, our expression of corporate worship is just that–an expression. If we contrive too much maybe it means we are not sincere or passionate. In our culture we are after that initial visceral response. We do not want to warm up to something. It has to be instant. So, when we gather to worship we want it fast. This feeling seduces worship leaders, too. We want to be able to lead people somewhere but the cost of preparation is what that usually means. You have to plan worship. Do you really believe in random acts of kindness? No. I would think not. Even in being "random" there has to be a plan. So, skill is important. Listen to what the Psalmist says.

Psalm 33:3 (Amplified Bible)
Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully [on the strings] with a loud and joyful sound.

I like the translations that leave in the "strings" part. So, guitarists, pianists, bassists–practice. Be skillful when you play LOUDLY to the Lord. Singers, take lessons. Drummers, practice your grooves with a click. Soundman, listen to recordings and learn how to EQ. It will take time, sacrifice, and effort. Are you game, worship leader?

from Redding Worship Leader

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

16 comments

  1. Good stuff here, Rich. I think we’ve all been in a worship situation where preparation time was less than adequate. Preparing to worship is so much more than getting our hearts in the right place. It’s just as much about knowing your direction and being able to get there skillfully and purposefully.

  2. Good stuff here, Rich. I think we’ve all been in a worship situation where preparation time was less than adequate. Preparing to worship is so much more than getting our hearts in the right place. It’s just as much about knowing your direction and being able to get there skillfully and purposefully.

  3. Good stuff here, Rich. I think we’ve all been in a worship situation where preparation time was less than adequate. Preparing to worship is so much more than getting our hearts in the right place. It’s just as much about knowing your direction and being able to get there skillfully and purposefully.

  4. Good stuff here, Rich. I think we’ve all been in a worship situation where preparation time was less than adequate. Preparing to worship is so much more than getting our hearts in the right place. It’s just as much about knowing your direction and being able to get there skillfully and purposefully.

  5. It’s not just music. Focus on all aspects of worship. Attend this year’s International Worship Institute.
    Instrumental, vocal, technical, visual, scriptural, prayerful – all of these aspects of worship, to name a few, take front-and-center when it comes to a praise-worthy service. For example, technology and multi-media are here to stay. Usually, the traditional “sound technician” has little experience in running sound for a contemporary band.

    WHEN: July 3-7, 2006
    WHERE: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
    MORE INFO: http://www.WorshipInstitute.com

  6. It’s not just music. Focus on all aspects of worship. Attend this year’s International Worship Institute.
    Instrumental, vocal, technical, visual, scriptural, prayerful – all of these aspects of worship, to name a few, take front-and-center when it comes to a praise-worthy service. For example, technology and multi-media are here to stay. Usually, the traditional “sound technician” has little experience in running sound for a contemporary band.

    WHEN: July 3-7, 2006
    WHERE: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
    MORE INFO: http://www.WorshipInstitute.com

  7. It’s not just music. Focus on all aspects of worship. Attend this year’s International Worship Institute.
    Instrumental, vocal, technical, visual, scriptural, prayerful – all of these aspects of worship, to name a few, take front-and-center when it comes to a praise-worthy service. For example, technology and multi-media are here to stay. Usually, the traditional “sound technician” has little experience in running sound for a contemporary band.

    WHEN: July 3-7, 2006
    WHERE: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
    MORE INFO: http://www.WorshipInstitute.com

  8. It’s not just music. Focus on all aspects of worship. Attend this year’s International Worship Institute.
    Instrumental, vocal, technical, visual, scriptural, prayerful – all of these aspects of worship, to name a few, take front-and-center when it comes to a praise-worthy service. For example, technology and multi-media are here to stay. Usually, the traditional “sound technician” has little experience in running sound for a contemporary band.

    WHEN: July 3-7, 2006
    WHERE: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine
    MORE INFO: http://www.WorshipInstitute.com

  9. Practice, Practice, Practice
    Rich has a great post that has given me a bit of conviction today. I must admit that lately I’ve not invested as much time in honing my skills on guitar or even on vocals. Breaking one of my fundamental

  10. Practice, Practice, Practice
    Rich has a great post that has given me a bit of conviction today. I must admit that lately I’ve not invested as much time in honing my skills on guitar or even on vocals. Breaking one of my fundamental

  11. Practice, Practice, Practice
    Rich has a great post that has given me a bit of conviction today. I must admit that lately I’ve not invested as much time in honing my skills on guitar or even on vocals. Breaking one of my fundamental

  12. Practice, Practice, Practice
    Rich has a great post that has given me a bit of conviction today. I must admit that lately I’ve not invested as much time in honing my skills on guitar or even on vocals. Breaking one of my fundamental

  13. Ouch. I needed this reminder today Rich. Sometimes life just gets so busy with other tasks that I forget to invest in practice. Gotta get back to it!
    Thanks!

  14. Ouch. I needed this reminder today Rich. Sometimes life just gets so busy with other tasks that I forget to invest in practice. Gotta get back to it!
    Thanks!

  15. Ouch. I needed this reminder today Rich. Sometimes life just gets so busy with other tasks that I forget to invest in practice. Gotta get back to it!
    Thanks!

  16. Ouch. I needed this reminder today Rich. Sometimes life just gets so busy with other tasks that I forget to invest in practice. Gotta get back to it!
    Thanks!

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