Thoughts from a recovering worship leader

A face from my past

December 9th, 2013 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (2 Comments)

This weekend I sang in a seasonal concert, along with hundreds of other choir members. Always fills my heart to hear so many voices united together. As I rushed to find my place with fellow choir members, I saw a beautiful smiling face from my past. She looked right at me, smiled big, and said, … Read more

I led worship for one of my church’s contemporary services almost ten years ago. I was fresh out of college with my church music degree clutched tightly in my fist, and I was ready to serve God with it. I found myself thrust into a worship leader position at a new-ish service. All the other … Read more

All we know to do

June 11th, 2012 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (14 Comments)

Years ago, when I was still on tour with the African Children’s Choir, I got a little overwhelmed by the responsibility before me. Parent twenty-four children and help them become responsible adults. Make their voices sound good. Represent the organization and share about God everywhere you go. the great depression essay It got to be … Read more

Finding God on the asphalt

May 7th, 2012 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (6 Comments)

What’s been your weirdest moment of worship? Mine was lying in the middle of the street in the Australian outback at 9 p.m. I was on tour with the African Children’s Choir, and had lucked out enough to score a spot on the Australia team (it’s a rough life, I know.) We toured literally in … Read more

The following is a memory from the summer of 1999. Standing in the middle of a large crowd, I am eager to see the next band, though I am getting a bit tired. Bouncing around in the summer heat to all my favorite bands zapped most of my energy. I am beyond excited to be … Read more

Auntie Ruth

March 12th, 2012 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (4 Comments)

essay score Auntie Ruth is the type of person who makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world. I first met her in 2004, when I traveled to Uganda to begin my journey with the African Children’s Choir. She is one of those truly selfless people that you’re so thankful … Read more

African Children’s Choir

January 16th, 2012 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (11 Comments)

In my worship journey, I’ve been recalling some specific moments of worship. Here’s one. After a long, frightful plane ride across the ocean by myself, I land in the foreign land of Uganda. I get through customs; which seems surprisingly easy; claim my large bags, and meet the kind strangers that take me to where … Read more

Children’s Choirs

December 19th, 2011 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (2 Comments)

The director straightens my robe and the red tie around my neck. It’s choking me a little, and I fidget, trying in vain to loosen it. The other children are even wigglier, as I stand quietly and obediently, awaiting instruction. The frazzled choir director lines us up, pleading with us to stay still and in … Read more

Christmas music

December 5th, 2011 | Posted by jamie in Memories - (10 Comments)

I am old enough to remember records being played in my house while growing up. Tapes made their appearance during my childhood, but in my household, records were played on our big family stereo. I remember every December, my parents would pull out the special box of Christmas music. I vaguely remember a cartoon-like snowman … Read more