As I write this, we are coming off of a wonderful weekend of worship that concluded with the Alanna Story concert on Sunday evening, November 20th. As I reflect, I can’t help but feel so overwhelmed with gratitude for the many worship team members who put in so many hours making sure the concert was as professionally done as it was.
“Worship Team” is anyone who serves in a musical or production role at White River. This could be a vocalist, band member, camera operator, graphics operator, lighting operator, etc. Each one of these positions are crucial when it comes to creating an environment that attempts to create a distraction-free environment for worship. Our vocalists and band members want to remove distractions as they lead by having a heart that John the Baptist spoke of – “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” (John 3:30) Our production team strives to make sure what they do is distraction free by limiting mistakes that would take people’s attention off of Christ and the moment being created to honor Him.
Each weekend, over 30 worship team positions are needed to do a Thursday evening service, two worship center services and two cafe venue services. For those who help set the sound/lighting/video up in the cafe on Sunday, that is a 6:15am start time. I mention this because on a Sunday with a concert like Alanna Story or a Night of Worship, this is a very long day for everyone. I think of one particular team member yesterday who helped set up cafe tech at 6:15am, served in a morning position, grabbed some lunch, came back around 1:00 for a 2:00 Alanna Story rehearsal start time that lasted until 5:30, served in a position for the 6:30 concert that lasted until 8:15 and was still at the church serving at 10:00 as the band was loading their gear.
I am so thankful for the team that I have the privilege of serving with. Each member gives so much of their time and talent to put a smile on the Lord’s face and so that those the Lord brings through our doors can say, “God is truly here among you.” (1 Cor. 14:25)
Paul was right when he wrote about the Thessalonica church in 1 Thessalonians 2:19&20 – “19 After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you! 20 Yes, you are our pride and joy.”