I find it easy to get into ruts of doing the same thing all the time. I get this way with my school work, my relationship with Rose, and with my free time.
I also think this happens with worship teams at churches all the time, Sunset’s included. We play the same style of song, same style of music, with the same instruments every weekend (obviously I’m being a bit of a pessimist here). This is good for the congregation inviting friends and family because they know what to expect. The other side of that is that things can just get old, and the passion is lost.
On Friday night I was inspired to get out of the rut of doing worship music the same way every Sunday morning. As I posted about last weekend, I saw Phil Wickham in concert (thanks to Amos for the pictures). It was his voice and his acoustic guitar and it was powerful. He played for 1 hour and 20 minutes. The average worship cd that comes out and is emulated by every church in the world has a completely full band, but I think seeing Phil was a reminder that worshiping God through music isn’t about having a full band or emulating a cd.
Coming in the summer we’re going to try at least one weekend with a very simplified instrumentation. Probably a piano, acoustic guitar, maybe some light rhythm, and a couple vocals. I’m excited to see what God can do with us changing up the pace. I have a feeling changing it up will allow people to enter into worship in a fresh way.