Everything Music

Well, I’ve never been a blogger before, but since we don’t get a chance to always chat with each other regularly, I thought we could start to converse. I would love this to be a place where worshipers, worship leaders, musicians and music lovers can come and voice their thoughts, opinions, comments, and questions.

I’ve been at Connexus for three (almost four) months now…wow has the time flown by.  I still live in Keswick (15 min. north of Newmarket) with my wife Melissa, and our 17 month old daughter Emma.  We are currently in the process of selling our house and moving up to the Barrie area.
    I don’t get a great chance to chat with some of you at church, as Sunday mornings are quite busy for me.  Therefore, it is difficult for you to get to know me and I you.  To most of you I’m just the guy with the beard that sings at the front of the theatre.
I have started to develop some great relationships with our music team members, but I would like to get to know everyone else as well. I hope this is one place where we can start to accomplish this.
    As the team and I have been working more and more together it has been exciting to see how our relationships with each other have started to grow.  Through this I feel the music has started to grow as well.  Although I believe that it has progressed in quality and continues to, I am specifically speaking about the spiritual progression of the music.
    When I first began worship leading at Connexus, the question that was brought to me was why do we only sing a few songs?  How is it possible to have a great worship experience in 15 minutes?  This question was both asked of me as well as encouraged me to ask myself the same question.  As I have continued to worship at Connexus it has become clear that God is moving in those few moments of worship.   We are staying true to our calling, doing church for people who don’t do church.  For these people it is my hope that they will find that we are transparent and that our songs are from the heart (and hopefully that we know how to rock!).  It may not necessarily be a God experience for them, but they can see that it is real, that we believe what we sing.  For those that love to worship our God, I pray that we can create moments where God can move in and change us.  A place where we can give back to Him for all he has done.  Seems like a big task, but I’m thankful that we’re not on our own.  I’m thankful that God is moving.

These are just some of my thoughts. Feel free to comment.  Please approach me anytime, say hi, remind of your name, as I’m still trying to get them down.  I continue to look forward to our mornings of worship together and getting to know everyone better.

Andy

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8 Comments

  1. Allen Forget says, July 31, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Andrew
    Am I your first responder? WooHoo!
    Good to meet you. Although I do not attend at Connexus I do have a sort of connection to the church. I won't get into that here. I am a music director and worship leader at a church in Midland that has a cennection to your lead pastor. It is interesting your comment regarding the act of "worship" as it pretains to music. Interstingly, I have the great opportunity ( and only God knows why ) to be preaching this summer during our pastors vacation on the subject of worship, what is is and what it is not! A very large part of this is the realization that many people have connected the "Music" to "worship" as in your comment about having "15 minutes of worship". It would seem that a serice is dividing into little segments such as " having the worship first then the teaching". It is my hope that I can teach our congregation ( and anyone else brave enough to hear me preach ) that maybe worship is something else. That maybe worship is more than just some songs on Sunday morning. I do not worship when we sing on Sunday morning. I am to busy worrying about the next chord change or the next song transition. Yes, I am really into what I an singing and people can see that, after all I am singing to God. I want to give Him my very best whenever I sing to Him but I know that I am not worshipping Him. To worship means to revere, to adore, to pay homage to our great creator. As great as music is and as much as I spend hours preparing and practicing and all that, I would think that I would better worship God by giving of my time to help the needy, by giving of my time to tell others about Him and spread His word. I worship much better when I am by myself and deeply overcome with the utter truth of who Jesus is and who God is. I worship when I give myself selfishly away to his leading and live my life in the face of everything that threatens to derail that. Nothing is more worshipful than saying no to the temptations of life and standing on what we know is the truth and the right way to live. Don't you think. Just my thoughts.
    Next time I get to Connexus I will look you up.
    Peace

  2. Joey says, July 31, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    Dear Andy and Allen,

    Thanks for sharing your profound thoughts on the "other side of worship" of those doing the music – I just get to sings and praise. What a blessing those in music ministry give those of us in the pews (or seats, or theatres chairs!). Thank you! Music has so helped me journey closer God – I'm infinitely grateful to people like you two who share your love of Jesus and musical skills with us.

    Andy, so glad you've joined Connexus – what a great blessing you've been to us all! Allen good luck with sermons/music with a heart like yours, it is sure to be great.

  3. Allen Forget says, August 1, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Joey
    Thanks dude! Your words are really supportive of what we do and what we would hope people would be led to through the music we create on a Sunday morning or any other time for that matter. It is somewhat ironic in that some would say that we, in music, are in fact worshipping God through the very act of what we do and in a certain respect I cannot disagree. The deal here is really that we give the music to God and it is only through Him that people like you, and others as well, are moved. You see, that is really what is going on. When someone says to me that they were moved and that their journey has been helped by the music I know that they have been touched by God because it is only through Him that you feel that way. Joey, the music simply opened your heart, God is doing His thing on you because you have opened up to Him. Feels great don't it?
    Once again thanks for your kind words.
    Peace

  4. Andrew Walker says, August 1, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Hey Allen,

    Thanks for your words here.

    I very much agree that worship is more than the act of singing on Sunday morning, I believe we can all use our gifts in different offerings of worship to Jesus. When I speak of "worship" I am referring to the act of worship in congregational music. At Connexus it has been very exciting to see how as a congregation we have started to come together as one to worship our God. I love to worship on my own personally, and I agree that it is so intimate and real to approach God individually. It's also an incredible experience when one body of believers worship his name in song together. I've found this to be very powerful and have sensed that God is moving. This being said, not all worship services do I feel God's spirit, but I don't think it means he's not moving…maybe I'm just not listening…yeah, especially when I'm thinking about the next chord… and it's not always in just the music time that we can experience and worship God. That would be boxing God in, wouldn't you say?

  5. Andrew Walker says, August 1, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Joey,

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I am so thrilled to hear from you, it's great to hear that someone else has been moved by music and in turn changed by God. Isn't music such a powerful thing? It bridges gaps, brings down barriers and can touch us like words sometimes can't. So cool.

  6. sare says, August 1, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Andy!
    You rock man, I love when your leading worship on sundays in Barrie. Not to mention staying up till 2 am to see you and tots play in toronto-sweetest show ever man. Your so talented and you bring a sense of excitement and fun to the worship music on sundays and your daughter is possibly the cutest girl ever- love playing with her in waumba land!
    Keep it up dude, you rock
    sare.

  7. Tim L. Walker says, August 4, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, Andrew. 😉 See, computers aren't that scary. 😉 As you know already, Stephanie and I love your musical contributions to Connexus, and we love having you, Mel & Emma around. It's even made me pull out some guitars and start playing a bit again… 🙂

  8. Dave Mc says, August 10, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Andy!
    I love rehersing with the Connexus musicians, and playing on Sundays!
    Thanks for bringing your quiet strength and excellent musical abilities to Connexus. It makes me want to play more.
    "Irresistable" in Bracebridge was the kind of musical experience that we can continue to build towards in Orillia and Barrie.
    Hopefully we can pull more musicians and vocalists out of the Connexus woodwork, and Donald Trump will decide to buy your house for $700 million.

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