I also didn’t post this post! GOSH! This was dated 23 June.
I think that C made a great point about posture. He said that after staying in youth for such a long time, sermons may not be as relevant to his stage of life as compared to the sermons from adult service. However, he has found that his posture was very important. His actions towards a message affects how the message is received. If he complains and talks behind the preacher’s back, word spreads really fast and you will have many people talking bad about the preacher.
I am guilty of always complaining about service. I think that being in church for so long, being part of service production and my training in events, I do see services as an event. I would get irritated listening to bad mixes. I would get annoyed when there is mixed lighting. I would dread long debriefs.
I love cracking jokes on christian clichés. Being in the worship team for so many years, I have played for so many sets and I know that certain things has been the same. For retreat, I was prepared to sit on the drum throne for an hour for altar call. Playing songs that start low, builds up, drops down, builds up again.
- Rain Down On Me
- Consuming Fire
- Set a Fire
- Bridge of Came to my Rescue
- Bridge of Alabaster Jar
- Ok actually most Christian songs’ Bridge also can
Then end worship with a victorious worship song, something like, Shout Unto God. Then after everything has ended, end with a victorious praise song like, I Am Free.
Perhaps I got a bit too cynical. I really dislike dragging debriefs too long. When did this happen? I used to love debriefs, I really enjoyed discussing how to improve and discuss about how the congregation responded and how we can pray for them. However, over time, debriefs just felt overstretched and I sometimes scramble to find anything to say. Not only that, sometimes a good worship set’s debrief can really dampen one’s spirit. Perhaps musically all the musicians has prepared well and we all played well, but the congregation was indifferent and dead. Sometimes just because you felt that we could do more doesn’t mean that you have to bring the mood down. You must realise that us as musicians and singers we actually work very hard to prepare for a set. I know that we are serving the congregation, but it is really discouraging when all my hard work is disregarded because of the audience’s response. Don’t we always say that we prepare our best and let God do the rest? If the congregation doesn’t respond despite our hard work, does the responsibility of them not responding fall on us? You can encourage people to sing, but if they don’t, are you responsible? Of course not! So why do we focus so much on things that we clearly cannot control?
As a result of all these build up, I may have make snide remarks about certain people in jest. I was just joking, but there is certain truth to what I said and being in such a roundabout manner, it may have stung more. I have had no idea how my posture affected the way people looked at the person and I regret saying certain things. The person may or may not know about it, but if you do, please forgive my immaturity in handling such things.
PJ talked about having a cost counted posture yesterday. He was quoting Paul as he said that to him to live is Christ to die is gain. To have a joy to do what God asked and not be bitter and compare. Help my heart O Lord. I constantly compare what I have. Father, rebuke my heart. May I chase after your own heart Lord. May I be content with what you give me.
Help me with my posture oh Father. Let me be a humble servant before you.