In our last edition, I wrote about the opportunity that this time of social distancing had presented. I wouldn’t have expected there to be so little change in our situation. Like many others, I had hoped to be able to meet with friends and family, and to worship with my church community in person. That hasn’t become a reality just yet. I find that I need to channel my frustration about this into something positive, so in this edition of the SAWM we will be looking at ways that you can improve on your individual instruments. 

Our act of service as a worship team leader or member is an offering to God. We should offer our absolute best each time that we lead, play or sing. This is a personal reflection of our devotion and worship to God.

Note that I didn’t say that we need to be the best, but that we need to give our best. Just as we are on a journey of faith and it grows and changes, so does our service. As we learn more and grow closer to God, we are able to serve in different ways. This is not limited to the spiritual part of our lives. The functional understanding of our chosen instrument, and the rules of music that govern its playing/singing, is a journey that we need to continue to pursue. 


While scales and technique development exercises may not be the most interesting things to play, mastery of these will allow us to focus more on the other parts of musicianship such as arrangement, balance of parts and what the leader is signaling us to do when we do resume playing together.


Your best and my best might be two very different things. I am responsible to give my best. I shouldn’t be discouraged at how well someone else, that is gifted differently to me, is able to play. If they are giving their best I should rejoice with them as they worship and not let my offering to God be defined by someone else’s offering. 


We strive for excellence to reflect the greatness and majesty of God. We strive to give our best because God gave us His Son. Nothing we will do can come close to that, but God deserves the best that we can bring. He is worthy of our praise and devotion. We can show that by how we serve him and present our offerings.


Simon Gough