I've spent the last two days at the Unite Worship Conference in Boston, MA and there are so many things I want to share. I think the place to start is with the things that made the greatest impact on me.
I was privileged to attend a workshop facilitated by Jennie Lee Riddle, for those of you who are unaware of who Jennie is, she wrote Revelation Song. One of the things she mentioned that really made an impact on me was the idea that as song writers and worship leaders it is our job to prepare the bride for the bridegroom.
What this means is we need to give the church, the Bride of Christ, truth she can hold unto in our songs. One of the things she said was that the church didn't need our sentiment, she needs the word of God in order to get through her troubles and trials.
One of the metaphores she used was of a wedding gown designer. A good designer will create a unique gown that fits the bride perfectly not because they want their dress to be noticed but because they want the bride to be beautiful. In writing songs for worship we must never write with the intention of getting famous. Our goal should always be to edify the Bride.
I think this applies to leading our worship services as well. We should never think of what we do as entertainment, or that people are there to watch us perform on a stage. We are there to help the Bride prepare herself for the soon coming Bridegroom. To lead her into the presence of God so her lamp will be full of oil. To impart the truth of God through our song choices so She will be able to hide it in her heart, and will have enough oil to last through the night.
Writing songs for the Bride and leading her in worship are tremendous responsibilities and privileges. We should be both humbled and honored if that is the calling on our lives. Even if you are not a worship leader, if you are a Christian, you are a worshiper, and as such we all must prepare the Bride so she can be presented to her Bridegroom, pure and spotless, on her wedding day.