I find myself thinking a lot about the subject of preparation these days. As worship leaders, is there anything that is more important for us? Each week I am going to lift up an MPCC Worship Ministry Value and for this week it is Preparation. Psalm 33:1-3 says, “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Did you catch that? It doesn’t simply say play….it says play skillfully. The Bible is full of examples of preparation. Paul, Esther, King David….these are just a few Biblical examples of individuals that had to prepare for their ministry….to fulfill their calling.

Our calling is to lead this great congregation in worship. To do that well, we must prepare spiritually and we must prepare musically. How does someone rise to the top of their potential? Preparation. If you were to take a poll of the players in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, how much time do you think they would say the spend preparing for a concert? Why shouldn’t we follow their example, at the very least, considering our audience is the Creator of the world and the Giver of our musical gifts?

Leading worship is a huge thing! Each week we come before the God of the universe and strive to lead His people before Him in worship. We cannot take that lightly. Being prepared by knowing our parts and spending time practicing will make a huge impact on our services and on lives. It will allow us to offer the very best gift we can offer unto the Lord. Each person knowing their role and offering their best….that’s what we are after. 

Before every service I lead, I listen to the music I am to lead and play through it at least 30 times. That has become my process. I find that the more prepared I am, the more effective I am in leading people in worship.

Tell me about your preparation? I would love to hear back from you and to know about your process for preparation. We can all learn something from each other for sure. Take some time to write back below…..

One Response to “Preparation”
  1. Aaron Baker says:

    I’ve found the more prepared I am, the luckier I get!

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