When I was in year 7 in intermediate school, my mum enrolled me to our music school to learn how to play drums. I recall being excited to learn, and also expecting it to be quite simple to pick up - I mean how hard would it be bang on a drumkit?
Well, it's actually a lot harder than I was prepared to admit! After struggling through 2 lessons (I had no idea that being left handed, the drumkit needed to be set up differently), my mum thought that it would be a great idea to tell my minister that I was ready to drum for our churches newly established worship team. He obliged, and after two lessons on the kit, I was newly ordained as the "drummer" for our church.
At the time at our church, we had a rusty old kit that had seen better days. It had no cymbals, some of the skins were extremely loose and the chain on the snare was broken. The kit lived in an old storage room upstairs in the building. This was my very first weapon of worship - The good old Century Maroon kit, which looked like it was a century old.
What started for me as a nerve wrecking experience of (badly) playing a beat up drum kit every Sunday to my gracious congregation, quickly grew to become so much more. As my faith began to grow, I realized that music, in the context of church, is more than just songs with lyrics, chords, structures and dynamics, but actually a vessel by which people are able to draw nearer to God in worship. Music can be a powerful weapon of worship - helping people to connect with God on both a personal and communal level.