Worship at Northside is led by a group of musicians who sing and play each week to support the congregation's singing and other parts of worship.
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Worshiping God is one of our highest privileges and joys, and making music for God's glory and the edification of God's people is a great honor and can be very satisfying. We believe that music in worship is designed chiefly as an aid to congregational singing and do all that we can to encourage, invite, and make participation by all possible. Before you make music "on stage," you should see yourself as an equal participant in worshiping God and be singing regularly with eagerness and joy, making melody in your hearts from the pew to and for the Lord.
The congregational singing for worship each week is lead by the worship ensemble & band, comprised of voices, guitars, rhythm instruments, organ, piano, and other orchestral instruments. Our primary mission is supporting, encouraging, and facilitating the singing of congregational songs. Each week the group that leads is a little different, due to both the availability of our members and any musical or logistical considerations for a given week. The pastor of music & worship guides the team in preparing and presenting the best leadership possible to the congregation.
Who Can Participate?
Since the public worship of God is so important and vital to the Christian life, we are careful about who we allow to lead both in word and by example. Only people who call Northside home may serve. This helps us ensure that our music and singing is a "family affair." We draw primarily from the Adult Choir for worship ensemble members, because of the discipleship, teaching, and training that occurs in Adult Choir. From time to time, we'll invite other musicians to join us, both to stretch our hearts and minds in worship, and to support their work of music-making.
Contact the office music & worship and we'll schedule you for an audition. The audition tends to be fairly informal and is a time to have any additional questions about worship ministries answered. At your audition, please come prepared to play or sing several of your favorite songs (you can bring your own music if you'd like). If you don't bring a list, we'll choose several songs from our regular library for you to try. It is possible that you may have a heart that is eager to serve but a voice or skill set that is not quite ready for public ears. In that case, we will gently encourage you to continue practicing and visit again soon.
What Will Be Expected of Me?
Our first expectations have nothing to do with your musical skills, but your heart.
For the week that you are on the worship ensemble & band, you'll be expected to attend rehearsal on Wednesday at 6:00pm, and then early Sunday morning before Sunday school and the service. The rehearsals are mandatory, even if you're a world-famous musician! This is because our rehearsals are for more than simply learning notes - they are for crafting arrangements specific to a service and for building unity as a team. You'll receive the music via email, which will also have specific times for rehearsal and review. We schedule team members based on their availability, as well as the needs of the team for a particular week.
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