Lessons from Leading Praise: Know the Song

Here’s one…

Lesson: Know the song before you try to teach it to the congregation.

I’ll never forget “Where the Love Lasts Forever” by Hillsong United. I was asked to learn it on a Tuesday morning, so that we could use it for that evening’s prayer meeting. I bought it, listened to it, figured out how to play it (it’s not that hard) sufficiently (or so I thought) for that evening.

That evening when prayer meeting began, I was particularly passionate in my prayer, shouting out my prayers against the background music that blasts out so that people can’t hear other’s prayers. But then came time to sing. We got to that song, and I started singing it, by myself, to introduce it. I fudged my way through the first verse, and then came to the chorus… stared at my chordsheet and then slowly stopped playing… silence… Paul (my good friend and our keyboardist sitting next to me on stage) gave me an odd look, more odd than he usually gives me.  I then said into the mic…

James: um… sorry, I can’t remember how this song goes…

Kelly Kang (leading prayer meeting, into her mic): oh.

Congregation: < some uncomfortable giggles >

James: Kelly, maybe you can sing it with me to refresh my memory?

Kelly Kang (Pastor Ed chuckling next to her): that’s ok… let’s just move on to the next song.

Congregation: < not so uncomfortable laughter >

James: ok… man, I KNEW this was gonna happen one of these days… OK, let’s sing this next one here.

Of course, I’ll never forget that song ever again.  But at that point, I just blanked. People were forgiving and I don’t think it ruined anybody’s prayer time that evening. At least I hope not.  Let’s just say I’m just glad I go to a church called GRACEpoint.

James Kim – Worship Director

    • Allen Chen
    • May 18th, 2009

    Haha, I remember that prayer meeting. We were in Taiwan listening to the recording and laughing–not in mockery, of course, but with empathy–because we also had our share of moments

  1. i remember this! haha

    • Dom
    • May 18th, 2009

    aha I remember that night…it’s through times like these we learn not to take ourselves so seriously =)

    • anderchen
    • May 18th, 2009

    i remember this too and it proved to me that james actually is human and doesnt know every song out there!

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