I sat down in a church orchestra for the first time when I was in 8th grade (about 32 years ago). I had just started playing trumpet the year before that in 7th grade. I sat down next to some college trumpet players and some guys that were out of college. In the orchestra were kids my age all the way up in to their 70s. There is something in those last few sentences that I do NOT WANT YOU TO MISS!
“The church orchestra is one of the few inter-generational ministries left where young people and adults minister side by side and share equal responsibilities.” Dr. Stephen Phifer
Do you get the weight of that?
Don’t let that fly over your head. Not for one second!
In the last few posts, I’ve been talking about the benefits of the Retro Hymns 2 collection.
• It’s familiar
• It’s different
• It’s playable
• It’s challenging
In this last post in this series of sharing why I believe that Retro Hymns 2 – THIS IS FOR YOU, I have one more reason:
More folks can use their gifts in worship in a relevant, fresh and creative way.
I am most comfortable in church when I am holding my trumpet. I always have been. In Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell says, “I believe God made me for a purpose. For China. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” For over 20 years since I first heard that quote, it has always made sense to me. No doubt for me, I feel God’s pleasure as I play trumpet in church. No question.
Adding a horn section with the Retro Hymns 2 collection is a way to include more folks, allow them to use their gifts AND add more energy to the worship services.
If you are a modern rhythm section driven worship band, this record is different than the typical musical you probably play on Sundays. And that’s COMPLETELY ok!
If you are a more traditional church with a big choir and an orchestra, these feels and grooves are probably different that the typical music you plan on Sundays. And, again, that’s COMPLETELY ok!
click here to see the blog post a few back about ‘It’s different’
Many churches that I have worked for and with have found that utiizing a horn section once a month creates diversity, adds energy AND it’s inclusionary! win/win/win
And THIS REALLY IS THE PERFECT TIME TO FEATURE A HORN SECTION! Horns are so prevalent right now all over the place in so many genres of music. The latest Justin Timberlake song that came out May 16th, ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ has horns on it. Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Stapleton and Justin Beaver all have horns on their records, just to name a few.
And I’ll keep saying this…your folks WILL LOVE THESE ARRANGEMENTS!!!!!
If you want more information about the arrangements, click here
Retro Hymns 2 is now available on iTunes! Click here to go to iTunes to preview AND purchase (and then post a review) of the record