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EasyWorship 6

Words on screen are such a huge part of worship ministry. Many corps across the territory are using a variety of programs these days to display lyrics, and often times these programs can be costly. MAGA has been able to work out a special deal with EasyWorship at a 35% discount for any new Salvation Army purchases. This is an effort to provide cost savings for the corps, but also to help streamline visual ministry across Canada and Bermuda.

 

Here are some details you will need in order to receive this discount.

Corps looking to buy should call EasyWorship to order or download the discount form here. Make sure to ask for the special pricing for The Salvation Army in Canada and Bermuda at $325.00 (US dollars). To place an order, call 918-250-1493.

 

You can also order online from the webpage (www.easyworship.com) and pay the full price at $499.00 (US dollars). You will be refunded the difference of $174.00 back to the credit card used at payment. You will need to contact EasyWorship to let them know about the refund due. This offer will only be valid for accounts using an email that ends with @can.salvationarmy.org. 

For further information, email marcus_venables@can.salvationarmy.org 

First things first

Our priorities determine how we lead, play or plan for worship. They are the backbone that supports all of these activities in worship. Our main priority is always to have the congregation communicating with God corporately and personally. By being specific with priorities for different elements of worship we can evaluate our actions more closely.  As leaders of congregations, we have a responsibility to look at our priorities regularly against our actions. Do the two meet up? Are we where we have prioritized in our actions as leaders.

In the above graph we can see that over a period of time there were goals set for three specific priorities in worship services. Not meeting your targets is not a problem as long as you understand why and are able to understand the factors that influence that element of worship. Keeping track of both or priorities and what happens each week in worship can be a useful tool when we reflect and evaluate how we are doing. This reflection time is important and valuable as we strive to best serve our congregations. 

Simon Gough

Worship Training Day 2016
Etobicoke Temple
Ontario Central East Division

Style vs. Preference

One of the most divisive elements of the modern church has been music. Arguments over song choice have seen churches split and people leave many times. As worship leaders it is our responsibility to, first and foremost, be a servant. Our function is to assist in worship so that people can connect and communicate with God in a corporate setting. It sounds quite straight forward, but don't get me wrong, I know that this is not an easy job.

 

As we lead we are negotiating a plethora of emotions and experiences that are relevant in the congregation at that time. This is not an easy thing to undertake, but is a vital role in corporate worship. Singing is where The Salvation Army has taught its theology. We did not have a formal liturgy spoken the same way each week but a sung one expressed in many different songs. This shows the importance of the worship songs in our services. 

It is because of this importance that we need to be aware of the style vs preference conflict in ourselves as leaders. We all naturally have different preference to the type of music we listen to. That is no different in our worship. As a leader though it is important not to impose our preference onto the congregation for preference sake alone. 

The style of worship that our congregation responds to God through needs to be our focus as a leader. This may be contrary to our own preference, which is where the conflict can and has risen. There will be difference in preference within a congregation but it is usually fairly evident what style of worship your congregation prefers (if it is not evident to you as the leader you may need to do less playing and more listening). Too many leaders have got up in front of a congregation and played a song that they like (preference) without thinking if this song was right for their congregation (style)and helped their congregation interact with God. This is where the style of the congregation can conflict with the preference of the leader. We need to come back to our primary responsibility as a worship leader. To connect the congregation in worship with God. If the songs that we are picking are not doing that for the majority of the congregation then I would suggest we are not meeting that primary role. The sentiment "its not about you" applies firmly here. 

This does not absolve the congregation of any responsibility to be open to an others preference and join in something that may test their preference, nor does it mean that change cannot be made to the style of worship in a church. These are other detailed topics to address at another time. The purpose of this discussion though, is to remind ourselves that as worship leader you have a privilege to help people worship the creator of the universe. To aid them as they bring the experiences and emotions of their week to our corporate setting and search for God. It is our role to facilitate this interaction in a servant hearted way. Putting aside the songs we would like to sing for the ones that aid our congregation in this important time. Our job is not easy, but it is worth doing.

Simon Gough

Guitar Resources

Beginner Guitar Instruction

The 4 Chords you need to know to play with your worship team

Beginner Guitar Instruction

How to use a capo while playing your guitar and how it makes playing easier

Piano Resources

Accompanying Congregational Singing

This three part tutorial looks at different techniques and best practices for when you are playing piano for your congregation 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Piano from a Chord Chart

Rachel takes us through how to play for worship when there is only a chord chart. 

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