Jenny and I had a great time leading the worship at my home church this weekend. Supported by Mike Carthon on bass, Mick Crylser on drums, and Ken Clark on acoustic guitar, it was an exciting opportunity to bring our style and some of our favorite worship songs to the worshipers at Christ Church Suwanee. We got to debut a new song I just wrote entitled “O My Soul”, along with doing some favorites we’ve done acoustically before, but never with a full band. We received some amazing positive feedback from the church, and I really appreciate the flexibility that worship pastor Jeff Wreyford gave us in choosing the songs and letting us run with the service, including allowing me to read Psalm 43 which (along with Psalm 42) was the basis for the new song we played.
I’ve always viewed Steady On as a performance band, playing songs that I’ve written that “tell the story” of my faith and encourage others who listen. My songwriting doesn’t tend to be very congregational in terms of melodies or lyrical content, and I’m OK with that (though “O My Soul” is perhaps a step in the direction of congregational writing). But from the moment Jenny and I started singing, I’ve always known her passion was to lead worship. Because of that, I’ve tried to include some worship songs in our sets and look out for gigs that might allow us to lead people in worship. I’m so glad that she has brought that to the band, because this morning was truly amazing. She is a wonderful worship leader and I love to sing with her. She has such an infectious spirit that draws people in, gets them energized, and directs them toward God.
The band really nailed it today, completely in sync. There were definitely a lot of moments for me where I just let go and let the music happen, focusing my attention on Jesus and the words we were singing to him. I remember afterward Mick telling me that he missed his cue on “In Christ Alone” because he was just in the zone, and all I could think was “sometimes, it’s better to miss a cue” (and I doubt anyone in the congregation even noticed). I’m so grateful for all the hard work that every musician (and the tech team at Christ Church Suwanee) put into this morning, and I have to say, every minute was worth it. God was lifted up, and I am reminded that this is just a dim taste of what awaits us beyond the grave.
Here’s hoping that we will have many more opportunities to lead worship in the future; it is, after all, part of what we were created to do, and Jenny and I are blessed to play with musicians who know how to bring a musical offering to God that is both skillful and spiritual.