This is exactly what Music Ministry should be about: Glorifying God and not ourselves. Unfortunately, it is human nature to want to be in the spotlight. In a way, when we lead worship at Mass, we are in the spotlight; in front of the whole Assembly, but the focus needs to be on God, not us.
- Before Mass: It is essential that we make time as a group to pray. It’s so important that our preparation is more than just getting the group to sound good, even though good music is essential to good Liturgy. Are we taking the time to thank our Creator for giving us the gifts that we possess? Being rooted in prayer makes us humble servants of the Liturgy.
- During Mass: For a second, put yourself in the first row of pews right in front of the music section of your Church. What do you see? Is the group focused on the Mass? Is everyone in the group turning their attention to the Altar after the songs are over? It is vital that the Music Ministers are leaders in prayer by modeling reverence and
- After Mass: After Mass is sometimes the best time to find out if the community was really engaged in the prayer. Are people leaving the Liturgy with smiles on their faces? Hopefully the answer is yes. On occasion, someone may come up to the music group to offer a compliment. This is the perfect time to direct the glory to God. Sometimes we may be tempted to brush it off by saying that we didn’t think we sounded very good today, or something to that effect. The bottom line is we should just simply say” “thank you” or “Praise God” and accept the affirmation. Sometimes we model false humility instead of just truly being humble and accepting the fact that someone was touched by the ministry we participated in.