Oh Love Supreme. My favorite track on one of my favorite albums of 2015. It’s called Cherry Blossoms, and the voice, the lyrics and the heart come from Andy Squyres. He’s an extremely talented singer / song writer /worship leader who lives in North Carolina and was gracious enough to answer a few of our questions.
1. You’re sitting in front of a gay friend who’s inviting you to do worship at his wedding… You say?
I don’t generally play weddings anymore. I will participate in weddings of the people who are my closest friends. So if one of my closest friends happened to be gay and asked me to lead worship at his wedding, I would do it.
2. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done as a worship leader?
Oh the typical stuff, mostly when i was younger. You fall into those traps that all young worship leaders fall into. You think that what you’re doing is the most important thing in the world. You know, all the condescending attitudes that young worship leaders can have toward the congregation. Time and experience hopefully temper our bad attitudes and our bad theology. The older I become the more grace has become the orientation of everything I do. Grace makes leading worship an easy joy.
3. Tell me about Cherry Blossom? (My favorite album this year BTW) (Well, tied with Brother by The Brilliance.)
Cherry Blossoms is an autobiography. The genesis of the album is rooted in tragedy. My church at the time was in the middle of an incredible move of God and then out of nowhere we found ourselves plummeted to the depths of great sorrow. A dear friend was murdered in his home in the middle of the night. It tore us to pieces. All of our strength was gone and our hope was challenged in ways we never could have imagined. The album is my response in the aftermath of that tragedy.
4. Andy, who’s winning the election? (Prophesy brother)
I have no idea and have no hope in any candidate at the moment. I am amazed though at the massive swell of support behind a candidate like Donald Trump. Obviously there is a lot of anger out there in regards to the current state of things. Trump seems to give voice to what many people are feeling. It seems as though people’s hearts are failing with fear and the clarity with which he is speaking brings a sense of hope and security that somehow relieves their fears. I sincerely hope and pray there arises a wise leader for our nation.
5. How do you balance travels, music, family, ministry?
I am pretty good at saying “no” to things that take me away from home. I travel only when I feel like the Lord wants me to do so. Amy and I have been doing this for so long now we have a pretty good stride going. We can feel when we’re not in stride together and then we make the necessary adjustments. Again, we let Holy Spirit lead us and our default setting is always grace.
6. What does the perfect church look like?
I love this question. It’s something I think about a lot because more than anything else I love being a part of the local church. I believe in it. Obviously there are things wrong within the Body of Christ. But to me that doesn’t matter. She is so beautiful and it is an honor to serve her and live with her. The church that I am currently part of is wonderful because they leave room for so much to happen. They are giving permission to people to be who they are and helping them to realize that God created them out of joy. The church is led by very strong leaders but it is not leader centric. It’s not built on the personality of one person. It’s charismatic in that they totally love the Holy Spirit and make room for him to move in our services but have successfully navigated away from some of the pitfalls of Charismatic culture. To me the best churches are those that have discovered their unique calling, pursuing that rather than trying to follow the latest and greatest church model or formula.
7. What would you do if the leaders of ISIS wanted to come over for dinner?
I would make pizza. But I wouldn’t serve beer because that might be offensive to them.
8. Who are you listening to? Following on Twitter?
My favorite theologian ever is Robert Farrar Capon. I read his stuff incessantly. He has influenced my worldview more than anyone else. It surprises me that I’m not Episcopalian yet. On Twitter I am following Bruxy Cavey, Miroslav Volf, and my very favorite, the Golden State Warriors.
9. Panthers, 16-0? Then the Super Bowl?
Yes. And yes.
10. Latest show you binged watch on Netflix?
My wife and I are addicted to The Great British Bake Off. I make no apologies.
11. What do you want people to say about you at your funeral?
Eulogies are for the living.