Monday, November 5, 2007

What to do about our schedule

The worship team at Saint Matthew has been operating on a "schedule" since we tore down our old buildings to make room for new buildings. Additionally, we changed our worship times from 8:30am & 10:30am to 8 & 11am. I've been trying to be a fair minded and conscientious person and have encouraged my volunteers to sign up sign up to sing at either the 8am or the 11am service. Needless to say, I've been less than enthusiastic about our arrangement lately. I know some people love it because they get to decide if and when they're gonna sing (plus they can sleep in on Sunday mornings ocassionally). But I know others would prefer to sing for both services because they finally feel warmed up by the time the late service rolls around.

I've felt the pinch of our current method of operation on two levels that affect how we lead in worship. 1) We aren't spending the time together on a regular basis to really work on the vocal dynamics we really need to work on...the whole blend has been off lately. This is nobody's fault, but it's a symptom of our current schedule. 2) We aren't connecting as a community as much. Our time together is more dictated by "what function or project must I complete" versus spending time together singing God's praises and praying for one another. Doing both of these things, I think, are invaluable for our worship leadership on Sunday mornings and I think our current schedule has created a road block for us.

What do you think? Am I just imagining this?