Bring The Thunder


Read this post by Pastor of Gathered Worship Aaron Slaten about his mantra while leading worship:

Almost every time our band leads worship I usually look at someone and say, “Let’s bring the thunder.” It is also usually accompanied with a fist pound. Before you stop reading because you think I am lame, finish reading so I have a chance to either affirm my lameness or convince you otherwise.

One day I realized that it probably sounds funny to say “bring the thunder” right before we lead worship. It could sound really arrogant, but it’s not. So I started to explain myself.

I remember watching the movie Cars with my son and the main car Lightning McQueen called another car “Thunder” because it always comes after lightning. I honestly was confused. I had never really thought about the order of thunder and lightning. But when I did, I saw a great picture in my head of what happens when we lead worship.

As a band we are not:

  • preparing the way for the Word to come and move
  • softening the hearts of the lost
  • ushering God into our room

As a band we are:

  • pointing to the work of Jesus that is done
  • acknowledging that the Spirit is already here
  • making much of the God that has rescued his people

We are merely the thunder after the lightning. The lightning I speak of is this: through the work that Christ did on the cross as the atoning sacrifice for our sins and through his resurrection we now have life.

I love that there is no pressure on me as a leader to perform, motivate or save anyone through my music. My job is to be the resounding thunder that is in response to the the dramatic, never-ending and never-giving-up love of God.


**As of today, January 30th, our church band is 66% funded for making their record in March! They need your support to raise $7,500 February 9th to make it happen. Please click on the logo above to send you to their kickstarter page. Read more about this project here. Thanks in advance for your support.

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