Every leader of congregational worship dreads those meetings when everything seems to be going wrong. Vocals are out of tune, strings break, everyone but the drummer finishes the song, you forget the words, sing the wrong verse, or play the wrong chords…the list is endless.
Last August at the WorshipGod06 conference, we presented the skit I-MAGnify to encourage everyone who has encountered or someday soon will encounter that situation. We watch a struggling worship leader receive instruction from his “alter-ego” about how he can get people more involved. Ironically, the song he’s attempting to lead is “Receive the Glory,” based on Psalm 115:
Not to us but to your name alone
Be all the glory, the glory forever.
For your faithfulness and steadfast love
Receive the glory, the glory belongs to you.
The skit was written by Drew Jones and performed by David Galbraith, both members of my church.
As we approach a new year, may we remember that our confidence rests in the finished work of Christ, not our sin-stained efforts to impress those we lead. And most importantly, only Jesus can lead us into God’s presence (Heb. 10:19-22).