This information is provided as guidance for our visiting musicians. Please be sure to communicate directly with the Production Team about the details of your appearance
Our weekly Celebration generally has six songs.
The Celebration follows an energetic flow based on Theory U. We consider you to be the musical member of the team that's bringing the message and sense of spiritual connection to the congregation. You can use your own music or covers, or whatever combination works best. If you have an idea or a question, please share it!
The music begins 20 minutes before the Celebration start time with background music, which can be performed by the musician/music team or played by A/V from a recording.
At Start Time, our Celebration Host will come to the altar and ring the chime once. The A/V person will play a 30 second recorded "God Call". As soon as it ends, the musician(s) begin the Welcome song. Please begin playing immediately. Use the God Call recording as your time to get to the platform and get ready to play. Start with music! - if you must say something, please say it while playing.
The Opening Song begins gathering the group into community. It can be a song that the congregation is likely to know and be able to sing along. The performance can be live, to a track or sung along with the original recording.
We then pray in and share announcements, then greet each other during the Greeting Song. If possible, use "My Soul is Welcome Here" by Daniel Nahmod. Otherwise, it might be "My God is So Good to Me" by Rickie Byars Beckwith or a familar, upbeat song. The group will be moving around hugging each other, and will be paying less attention to the music than any other song in the set.
After the Reading is the Inspirational Song. You'll take the tone and energy deeper; audience participation is optional. The Inspirational Song sets up the weekly talk - check the web site or with the Production team for the topic.
Following the talk is the Mediative Song, which connects the talk with the meditation and prayer that come after. It should be deep and powerful to anchor the theme and open the space for the meditaion. Not necessarily down tempo, but deep and powerful.
During the meditation you can play a light instrumental background, or the A/V person will play a track. The meditation leads into a Practical Prayer.
Following the meditation and prayer is the Connecting Song. The congregation will have been introduced to new ideas, had a chance to anchor them in spiritual practice, and are now poised to bring those ideas into their daily life.
Next is the offering, and the Closing Song. It's an uptempo celebratory release. Something familiar that people can sing along with is great, or you can invite and lead participation.
As noted, there is a specific topic for the week. Some of the music should incorporate those concepts, especially the ones before and after the talk and meditation.
Here's the typical sequence:
9:30am - One hour prior to start - Musicians arrive for pray-in, setup & sound check
Chime, God Call
1-Welcome Song (My God is so Good to Me, or My Soul is Welcome Here)
Welcome, Pray-in, Announcements, Welcome New Guests
Meditation & Prayer