Appropriate for Worship
Alright, so I’ve recently visited a church where I felt that the musical worship aspects were just so-so. But after the service the musicians were jamming and it was out of this world good. So it got me to thinking (that and the Christian Worship class I’m taking this semester):
Is it appropriate to allow skilled musicians to play to their ability within the context of corporate worship?
Is it distracting – as is usually argued – for talented musicians to incorporate various elements of their discipline (Improv or “soloing”, for example)throughout the corporate elements of gathered worship?
Is it a “sin” or simply dishonoring to God to not worship Him with the same skill and craft that one would employ in other contexts outside of the corporate worship setting?
I found this video on youtube to help illustrate the type of musical skill that I’m talking about (plus, I love Bela Fleck and the Flecktones). I think this clip for the most part captures a way of doing musical improv that is more about the song and band rather than the individual members, and that each member is contributing their unique part to create something that is rather phenomenal.
I almost want to go so far as to say there are some trinitarian elements evidenced in their playing together. Notice how the bass player (Victor Wooten – who is phenomenal) and clarinet player (No idea who he is, but he’s really good as well) “dance” together – blending their individual solos into a unified harmony (“Perochoreses” anyone?).
Can musical skill like this be incorporated into Christian, corporate or gathered worship and be Christ-centered, God-exalting and Community-edifying, or is it only distracting?