I have always enjoyed worship. In many ways, this is my favorite part of a church service, and sometimes I honestly wouldn’t mind skipping everything else in the meeting in favor of taking more time to sing, dance, pray, and express our love to God. While the Bible-reading part of me knows people need instruction and discipleship, not just experiencing the presence of God, I have personally left just about every church meeting going, “Man, I think we could’ve sung that chorus at least one more time.”
While I have always loved worship, at least since becoming a Christian, I have never really enjoyed leading worship. I’m just a mediocre guitar-player at best and rely more on consistent practice and simple music than on actual ability, and I have difficulty singing most songs (unless maybe it happens to be a cover of this version of Celine Dion‘s “My Heart Will Go On“). Plus, I hate being in the position of an entertainer and am not a natural encourager, two things that, like it or not, end up being a part of leading worship.
About a year ago, I moved to Romania and ended up being the only guitar-player who could make a consistent commitment to our Sunday meeting. (Considering I’m helping to plant the church, it’s probably a good thing I could make it consistently. LOL) And so–like it or not, prepared or not–I’m leading worship.