Posts Tagged ‘Praise and Worship’

The Bass Project

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Update on The Sax Project. I’m playing sax still but the project itself is on hold. I started playing with the worship team at church, but switched to bass guitar about a year ago, and now I’m pretty much entrenched as their bass player. Bass presents none of the issues that sax does, so it’s been easy to contribute to the worship environment in an effective way.

In the time I played sax with the worship team, it was much as I thought it would be and expressed here in the blog. Perhaps the only thing different was how often I subbed for other instruments we didn’t have – usually strings. We didn’t have a lead electric guitar during that time, so I played a few guitar intros and bridge leads. The band now has an electric guitar and a second keyboard to play synth strings.

As for sax itself, I’ve moved off the alto in favor of soprano and tenor. Due to some health issues, I knocked off sax altogether for a few months last year, though I could still play bass. Played soprano in the Christmas concert in 2009 after a hurried attempt to revive the embouchure. Not sure about 2010′s concert. So in the short term, I don’t know what I’ll be doing with sax on the worship front. My current effort is aimed at developing a set list for a new cover band (secular).

The Praise and Worship Service

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

All forms of biblical praise, and some of the forms of worship, survive in today’s worship service. How worship services should be conducted or what type of music should be present is sometimes a matter of controversy, but for the most part, modern Christian worship services faithfully follow a biblical model. What lacks in modern Christian praise and worship is not in what is done at the assembly, but that praise and worship are neglected at a personal level.

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Midday At The Well

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

In the days of patriarchs (Abraham, Jacob, et al), worship was performed at an altar (a stack of unworked stones). Once the law of Moses was given, worship was prescribed to occur at the tabernacle before the presence of God. Once the temple was built in Jerusalem, worship was to be performed at the temple’s altar or when facing the temple.

After the days of Solomon, when the 10 tribes of Israel broke from Judah and the rule of the royal line of David, they established their own worship on the mountains of Ephraim, which later became part of Samaria. This became a point of controversy between the Jews and Samaritans. It is in this context when one day Jesus came to a well in Samaria.

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The Sax In Contemporary Christian Worship part II

Friday, September 14th, 2007

Continuing from previous post The Sax In Contemporary Christian Worship Music

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On Praise

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

As worship is a physical posture reflecting an understanding of who God is, praise is the declaration of who God is.

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On Worship

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, you may wonder what Christians mean by worship and praise. You may have been to a church or seen a service on television and heard a musical segment of the service described as praise and worship.

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The Sax In Contemporary Christian Worship Music

Friday, August 31st, 2007

What a grand title! I don’t know enough to fully deliver on what that title promises. Not yet. I have some basic ideas, but the rest I probably won’t figure out until the Sax Project progresses beyond the experimental stage. But I do have definite ideas about what the sax should not do.

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