Practice Encouragement

Hello, Sacred Revolution,

As right now you are the only band continuing to practice from Consumed Worship Bands, I am compelled to call you to worship.

What? Are you confused? Let me explain.

Worship is more than a couple songs on a stage. In fact, that mere description could not ever describe worship. Worship is preparation of hearts, active reflection of the Creator….worship is crying out to God while expressing our choice to believe and trust in Him. Worship is giving ourselves fully to a communion with God. Worship begins in our hearts.

As musical worship leaders, we are CALLED to guide others into a time of this preparation and expression. (it IS a calling.) If we step on stage with dirt in our hearts and on our hands, it will probably be exposed. If we are not fully prepared, it will be evident. Does this hinder those in the “choir” (those singing with us)??? YES!!!! Our AUDIENCE is God. But we are leading that choir, and WHERE we lead them affects where they go in worship…..which affects God’s offering. That’s right. We are OFFERING ourselves during this musical worship moments, and we need to offer our best. Our “first fruits”. It pleases God.

Let me put that into relatable, challenging terms for you. Sacred Revolution, we are required to prepare ourselves fully in this leadership role. It is an honorable role. This includes attitudes of our hearts, attitudes out loud, practice habits, rehearsal promptness and presence, and how we treat each other as a worship TEAM. I am challenged by this daily as well.

If God has CALLED you to lead worship in this youth band (team), pray for your team. Pray for your “choir”. Practice OUTSIDE of rehearsals. Come to rehearsals on time. Be helpful and assistive to your “teammates”. Do not provoke each other, but love each other. Communicate to the head leader (right now that is me, Andria) as soon as you know you cannot make a rehearsal. It affects the whole team if you are not; it affects their preparation. When you step on that stage, remember who your audience truly is (God), and remember you are guiding your “choir” to give an offering to Him.

I love every one of you. I am praying for you as you prepare your hearts and minds for the upcoming worship offerings….

With Joy,

Andi

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On Worship

Hey bands….

I read a really awesome blog on Worship Mythbusters by a worship leader today…I encourage you to read it. It’s by Rich Kirkpatrick. It has some helpful advice and tremendous perspective for us as we continue to lead others in worship:

Worship Mythbusters 4.3, The Role of a Worship Leader

-Andi

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Suggestion for UCC Song

Hey guys, I haven’t heard back from anyone yet, so I want to suggest this song: Glorious One

Ya’ll know it, it’s a little slower…..watchathink?????

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Added rehearsal/replacement song

Hey Sacred Revolution,

Ya like that?  We gotta start calling ya by your new name!  So we need to have practice next week. Like in a bad way.

So PLEASE come at 4:00 PM on this Sunday. (May 25th)

Also, we are replacing All Because of Jesus.  I don’t want to have to pick this out for you.  I will if I must, but I prefer you all to make some decisions in your band.  Step up!  Go for it!  You can do it!

I have another 5 PM rehearsal next Sunday so DO NOT be late.  If you cannot make it, call me/email me/let me know ahead of time.

With joy,

Andi

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Name Decision and Thanks!

Hey guys, thanks for coming to practice tonight.  We voted and you decided on Sacred Revolution.  So! Awesome.  Both suggestions rocked (thanks Morgan and Tater).

We have decided on Strong Tower and Your Grace is Enough for the Union Cross Cafe.  We will add All Because of Jesus to the list for our next practice…youtube videos will be posted on the set list page and downloadable files as usual.

Practice Reminder:


May 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm

June 1, 2008 at 5:00 PM

June 15, 2008 at 4:30PM

The TIMES are a bit different from what was originally emailed to you do to conflicting other practices that I am involved in.

Thanks!  Be there at 5:30 on Wednesday!!!!

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Suggestions for Union Cross Cafe and Band Name

Here are a couple of song suggestions for your second song:

* All Because of Jesus

* We Shine

* Everlasting God

* Agnus Dei

Here are some band name suggestions from ya’ll so far…we will knock it down to two after all the suggestions are in at the end of the week:

*Crying Out

*12 Bloody Letters

*Sacred Revolution

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SWP Updates (4-20-08)

Here’s an update as of today’s practice (04-20-08)…
 
SCHEDULE:  Due to some of you being out for different practices and the difficulty level of some of the songs we’re doing we’ve decided to bump the SWP set list from this week and postpone it until the first week of May, specifically Wednesday May 2nd. Andria will schedule your next practice (either on April 27th before Triad Area Revivial…or on May 4th), Please check your email and/or the consumed worship website for updates on this.    
 
SET LIST:  After practicing a couple weeks we’ve settled on the following songs for our core set list… (1) NO ONE LIKE YOU (2) BETTER IS ONE DAY (3) HUNGRY  + (alternate and song for Fundraiser is STRONG TOWER).  Andi will help you all settle if you’re actually going to work STRONG TOWER into the May 2nd set list…or if you’ll hold and use it just for the fundraiser (June 21).
 
BAND NAME:  For those of us that were at practice, we finalized a list of new band names and voted on them. The majority (2 people) voted on CROSSWIND, but it seems that most of you aren’t happy with this name. Again…only Andi can re-open the voting on this so please bring it up with her at the next practice…until then you’ll use the name CROSSWIND for the fundraiser. This might also might chance to re-vote on a name whe SWP reforms in the fall after the summer break.
 
ENCOURAGEMENT:  You all did GREAT today! Seriously! Your tempos were spot on for the most part and we’ve solved some of the volume issues temporarily until we can work on some new solutions. You guys and gals are really pushing through the songs, getting more confident, and you’re actually COMMUNICATING with each other on stage. Andi and I are so proud of you. Keep it up and remember to keep at it during the summer!
 
FUNDRAISER:  Stay tuned for more info on the SWP involvement in the upcoming fundraiser and check out the new fundraiser website at www.unioncrosscafe.wordpress.com

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