Calling All Musicians! No Audition Required!
Jesus declared, “…the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
– John 4:23-24
A week from Sunday, May 20, is the Oak Cliff Pentecost Festival. We’ll gather at Lake Cliff Park from 4:00pm until 8:00pm for food, fun, worship, and sharing. We’ll gather around the idea that all in the Body of Christ have been empowered by the Holy Spirit with unique giftings that are meant to be shared (see 1 Cor 12:7, 1 Cor 14:26, Eph 4:7…).
Therefore, we are encouraging everyone to bring a “gift to share” – a “spiritual” or, believing all of life is sacred, a not so “spiritual” way to bless others. Poets and storytellers could bring a reading. Those with gifts of organizing could put together a game of ultimate Frisbee. Face painting, manicures, watercolors, kite flying, juggling, etc. We’ll have a prayer tent where intercessors can pray for the gathering, Oak Cliff, participants’ needs, and/or for those we meet in the park. Evangelists might want to bring some Bibles or bottles of water to share with those in the park. No boundaries – just fun, life, and sharing!
In particular, we want all musicians, and not just the “pros”, to bring their instruments. That means everyone: worship teams, junior high band members, harmonica players, and even kazoos are welcome! From 4:00-6:00pm, we’re encouraging the musicians to serenade us in the park, wander and serve as Spirit-filled minstrels.
During this time, we’ll also “rehearse”, so that this eclectic collective might lead us in worship around 6:00pm. Anne Strickland, a friend and gifted musician, has agreed to lead this endeavor. Toward that purpose, she has picked some simple and hopefully recognizable songs (see email below).
Please forward this info to your musicians so that they can come with some idea of the plan. Feel free to contact Anne if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are believing that the Oak Cliff Pentecost Band will model something special and lead us into a rich time of open-air, public, and unified worship!
Link to music and chord charts: Songs_For_Pentecost (The packet includes chords and a notated melody at some different transpositions. These transpositions don’t cover every single instrument, but we’ll figure out a way to include whatever comes our way. If the provided melody doesn’t work for them and they want to improvise, we’ll work that out.)
Here are links to the lesser-known songs: