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I Forgot It Was a Performance

April 22nd, 2017

I’m used to church specials.

With God as the audience, you don’t wait for applause after you sing. Church music is not a performance, but a time of corporate worship “channeled” through one person (or group).

Yesterday, I played guitar for a quartet of singers as part of the Temecula Valley Symphony Chorus concert. When I finished the song, as is my habit, I started to move off stage.

Oops. No one else moved.

The audience applauded. To me, it felt awkward because I forgot it was a performance. Muscle memory took over in the heat of the moment and I resorted to my habits—move away and let the preacher preach.

No preacher. No “Amens.” Just applause.

Oh yeah. I was performing.

I’m thankful that each week of church music is not a performance. I’m thankful our singers (you!) do not view their talents pridefully. I’m thankful that you use your music to serve God and others.

That’s what church music is about.

On performance days, perform away. Perform your absolute best. God declares we should do ALL things as well as we can, in every setting of life.

But on church days, let’s keep in mind that we are “performing” for an audience of one. And, no, it’s not a performance. It’s worship.

The difference is our mindset.

-Bro. Ryan

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