From the very beginning of Fancy Schmancy, we’ve always been keen on corporate worship. Not just music, but the whole ordeal! Be it prayer, music, bible studies,etc. Turns out that some of us were musicians and songwriters; Genuine worship had to come from who God made us, not the status quo. Very quickly, we began to write our own songs, essentially setting our prayers to music. It was, and is, clear that if the Spirit was going to move,then we were going to have to surrender everything at the foot of the cross,because without Christ’s overwhelming embrace in our lives, we would only be noise pollution (no matter how talented we were). The ”authority” of any aspect of ministry, begins in our prayer time, bowed dow in adoration of the Father.
Since worship ministry reaches far beyond strumming a few chords, we’ve asked a few members of the band to share a few things about their approach to leading worship at FS.
”I feel the closest to God when I’m singing to Him. When I start singing to Him, I tend to close my eyes out of habit. Doing so helps me eliminate all distractions & focus solely on Him and being in His presence. It’s always calming. When I begin singing to Jesus & I realize that He always welcomes me, loves me, and never judges me, I feel no fear – I can sing as loud as I want (He hears me either way), and I can lift my hands if I want (it doesn’t change His love for me). Sometimes, when I’ve sinned & worship Him, I might feel shameful for what I did, but I boldly approach His throne anyway. I must always boldly approach Him, because it’s really hard to worship with a prideful heart. Worship has always been about taking our focus off of ourselves and onto Jesus. I forget this sometimes, but being in the presence of my powerful & precious Jesus makes me feel right at home. I think that’s how He wants us to feel in His presence, because He is our Home.” –Robin Bailey-Leonard, Vocals
”Worship … It’s an interesting concept, to gather, sing and play instruments. I know that for me, it’s the way I can connect the most to God. This is true for many worship leaders and people in worship bands. But, I think that the special thing about worship, is that you are in possession of a powerful vehicle of adoration. As a leader, you embellish the message that the community is bringing to God, you are the intermediate man. It’s a vehicle of many meanings that permits people to lose themselves in the music and the lyrics, and have access to that special connection they have with God. I’m saying you should realise the importance, without boasting too much, of your role. Sure, even just humming a song while studying can be worship, but the magic really takes places when we are in community, united by the banner and fluidity of music, to praise the one we call God. He will sow the seeds you plant when showing off His glory in worship. Amazing is the concept of worship. Amazing is he.” –Jeff Hamel, Bass/Percussions
”In 1517, Martin Luther posted his legendary ninety-five theses onto the doors of the Wittenburg castle church, in which he denounced the use of indulgences as a way for obtaining salvation. In his works, Martin Luther helped develop a concept named Sola Fide, which in Latin translates as justification through faith alone, which opposed the indulgence practice as it was only through faith, one obtained salvation. By this same token, the act of worship can be described as being Solo Deo, or for God alone. Worship has become an important part of my life, as I have learned that it is not just simply “something you do on a whim”, rather it becomes a process of growth and understanding. The very term “worship” means admiration for God, which means a half-baked call to honor God doesn’t quite cut it, rather it’s quite a slap to the face. Throughout my years of learning to worship God, I have learned that a true devotion to God is needed, with the emphasis of Solo Deo. I have come to understand that through worshipping, I have to deny myself, forget everything and everyone else around me and to focus on God alone. Sometimes I get caught up in a situation, or I am focusing on myself too much, whether it be concerning my performance, or just pride in general, which isn’t what God wants. Rather, He calls us to humble ourselves, and honor him in all of our strength, whether it be great or small. In doing so, we recognize that God is our ONLY source of all goodness and strength, and most importantly love. When we worship wholeheartedly, in spirit and in truth, we tap into this Love of God, which not only heals our souls, but allows us to demonstrate to others the true nature of Love, which derives from our heavenly father.” –Alexander Wessang, Keyboard
”Isn’t it wonderful to have a God that doesn’t want us to worship Him only once a week? Ever since I’ve been saved,I’ve had this intense passion for worship.In fact, I have a seraphim tattooed on my arm as a reminder of my desire to worship God day in,and day out. God provided me with all the tools I needed to lead,yet it seemed as though He worked most on softening my cynical heart (quite honestly,He still does to this day). When I humble myself and come into His presence, when I allow Him to take the helm of all that I am, I cant help but to be awestruck by His beauty and power. He moves through the sanctuary (be it our big church, or my tiny basement) like a strong wind, He Lights up the darkness by His presence and He gives life to our dry bones. I’m so thankful to have the privilege to come to Him,and to give Him praise (regardless of my situation). He lifts up my burdens, and fixes my eyes on Him. Isn’t that the greatest thing? ” -Mick Germain, Lead
These are just a few of band members relationships with worship, and hopefully we’ll all keep growing deeper and deeper in our walks of faith. Christ paid the ultimate price, yet asks us very little in return (in comparison that is); His all for my all.
What does your relationship with God through music look like?