Awhile back—that’s blog speak for anytime in the last ten years—I received a phone call at my office from someone in our congregation. This particular lady always loves our times of worship, and she frequently requests the lyrics to our set of songs because she wants to sing them on her own.
We’re likely breaking our use agreement with worship publishers, but I’m more concerned with helping our people worship than trying to work within the confines of the preposterous copyright system for worship songs.
I assumed when I picked up the line that she was requesting more lyrics, but she said she already had them. She was curious about the melody of “From the Inside Out” and asked if I could give her a refresher.
“Uh, you want me to sing it to you?”
Apparently, she was in her car and couldn’t access the music online. (Ever hear of a smartphone? An iPhone? Droid? You’re not allowed to text while driving, but I’m pretty sure it’s OK to search for music. Except only at traffic lights. Or when stopped for a train. Or in light traffic. Sometimes even in heavy traffic if it’s crawling along, as it commonly does on I-75.)
It was a bit awkward, to say the least, even though I closed my office door and sang somewhat softly into the phone. Which could have made matters worse. My soft voice can be somewhat seductive. Like Enrique Iglesias really. I’ve got to be careful when it gets too breathy. I don’t want to cause any 40- to 50-something ladies to stumble. Trust me: if I sing in Spanish, game over.
So I sung the melody a few times for her. Thankfully, it was more like a choir rehearsal than a 900 number chat. (Not that I would know how one goes.) I was thrilled to know wherever she was headed she’d be singing, “Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades / Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame.”
Worship leaders don’t stop leading worship just because we step off the stage.