Silence is Golden

We’re having the sheer joy of coaching a church plant that launches this week. We’ve been meeting with their team of players and singers for rehearsals the last several weeks.

At one of the first ones, the leader led us in a moment of stillness before diving into the music.

As we waited for the Lord and for our own souls to slow down to be able to hear Him, I had this sense that this practice would mark this worship team. So after about two minutes of silence and centering, we began to pray. One of my earnest prayers was in agreement with that sense, and I prayed that the habit and practice of stillness would mark this team.

That moment reminded me that 
experiencing God’s presence isn’t something you have to “work up.” Rather, the “work” involved is often simply in arresting our own souls and quieting down our minds enough so we can perceive what God is already doing and saying.

And since it’s a church plant, we’ve also been working on articulating the DNA of how we worship together on Sundays, of how we rehearse, of how we prepare personally, and how we work with one another.

It’s so fun to have the freedom of watching something be established from the ground up, without...the history.

You know what I’m talking about, don’t you. Hurts, territories, expectations, ruts.

You might not be able to treat your team like a brand new church plant, but before you count yourself out, thinking you can’t lead your team to any new places, consider trying this one little thing: Rather than opening with “a quick prayer before we get started,” lead your team in two minutes of silence and centering before the Lord. And then have some time for the team to pray.

I love the way that this reinforces our trust in the Lord - while we wait, He works for us. And don’t think your team (and your own soul) won’t be stretched by waiting in silence for TWO WHOLE MINUTES OF DOING NOTHING! But it’ll be beautiful. And powerful!

Pete Scezzaro has written a helpful book that I use for my own devotional time called Day by Day. It starts and ends with two minutes of silence. You can watch this video to orient you to how it works.

I mean, imagine if your worship team rehearsals would become more of a spiritual renewal and refreshment!

- Dave