My brother-in-law, Reid, does a Sunday Summary every week that goes through all aspects of music in our Sunday services. I think it’s a great idea and have decided to shamelessly copy his idea and do my own summaries for North Point En Español. So, here is the first one!
Yesterday was an exciting service for us for many reasons:
1. We had our very first live band! For the first five services of North Point En Español we used the incredible resource known as North Point Music. We took the tracks that they already had and translated the songs into Spanish. If you don’t have the resources (either the funds, musicians, or technical) and are looking for a great way to get a full band feel during your worship time, the North Point Music multi-tracks are the way to go. They sound amazing and really fill the room. So why aren’t we using them anymore? Well, one thing we knew going into this is that the Spanish speaking culture is very relational. They need to have a connection in order to stay engaged, and for this crowd, the tracks weren’t doing it. For us the band provided a way to connect with our attendee. It had them on their feet and clapping. It was great to see so many people engaged in worship!
2. Since we now have a band, we were able to start out our service with an opening song. Our very own Eddie Kirkland (who we will now refer to as Eduardo) graciously learned the lyrics to a song in another language and completely rocked it! He sang the song Destino by Juanes and did an amazing job. The crowd was singing along and it provided another connecting point for us.
3. A few weeks ago we decided to have refreshments after the service so that people could connect and get to know each other better. This is very typical in Latin American churches and we thought it would a good thing to carry over into our worship experience. This has been one of the most successful things that we have done so far. Almost everyone stays after and hangs out for almost a half hour after the service ends. It’s been so cool to see people connect!
As you may have noticed from the above list, we are trying to connect with those attending our services. We feel that more than lights, sound, set, video, and all of that stuff, relational connection is what is going to aid us most in our mission of leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. So, as a part of the Sunday summary, I will include a list of connecting points that we attempted for each Sunday.
This week’s connecting points: live band, opener, refreshments
Musicians this week:
Worship leader and acoustic guitar: Juan Martinez
BGV’s: Rebecca Iraheta
Special vocal: Eddie Kirkland
Electric guitar: Todd Fields
Bass: Richard Meeder
Drums: Wayne Viar