I play the accordion at the 8.45 service. We have a hymn at the beginning, and a hymn at the end. We did use CDs, then we had some tech developments, at my request, so that it was possible to plug an MP3 player in at the lectern and play the backing track from there.
(The Ignite service, with some of their tech stuff, are only the following the lead of the 8.45 service you know)
However, we found them a bit slow, and the accordion was a better solution.
Not because of my expert playing, or that the jolly sound of it might be uplifting, No. I think it is because of this:
I read music, but I have an idea of what it should sound like in my head – I kind of rely on both to support each other to get a reliable rendition. When I play at the 8.45, there’s also the added feature of hearing the congregation sing, and picking up if they are following. If they lag, I slow down to tune in to their pace, and vice versa. So, we kind of work sympathetically, and produce good harmonies and worship.
Of course, the accordion is in charge – I know that when I play the wrong note, and everyone tries to sing it, though they know what it should be. They can’t stop themselves.
There’s a great picture of how God works in there – how he works through the Holy Spirit. Whether it is our lives (we have a gift of righteousness) or fellowship or guidance, it is as we pick up the tune, and try and sing, we recognise whether we are in tune, and can adjust, while in action, and come to unison or harmony. You have to be ‘singing’ of course – it can’t just be going on in your head. And when others are making the Holy Spirit’s tune plain, that reinforces the feedback, gives us an example, allows us to hear what we should be singing. (You do realise, I hope, that instead of singing, I could be writing living, praying, or maybe anything-ing)
I wonder of the Holy Spirit has been compared to an accordion before…