Jason Squires

Songwriter, Worship Leader, & StoryTeller

Slowing Down into the Holidays

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Slowing Down into the Holidays

This season for me has me focusing in a different direction. I keep coming back to this idea of slowing down into the holidays. I look at my kids and realize that this is the childhood they will remember.  Its not something that’s in the future.  It is now.  With smartphones and social media we have created a 24 hour work cycle that doesn’t allow for quality family time. I want to challenge you to do something. This holiday season, slow down and look around.  We just finished Thanksgiving and we are moving into the Christmas season. Take some time to love those around you, be grateful for what you have, and create memories that will last. Your work isn’t going...

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Clothing Optional: A Worship Experience

Posted by on Oct 27, 2016

Clothing Optional:  A Worship Experience

I grew up in a world that on Sunday you put on your best clothes and went to church. People didn’t ask questions. Your outward appearance said it all. You always looked extra nice on Sundays.  As I got older and became a worship leader, I carried this model with me. If I was on stage, I had dress shoes and a nice button down shirt. That shirt came from the dry cleaners and was carefully transported to the church so it wasn’t wrinkled. I would setup, run rehearsal, and just before it was time for service to begin I would “finish getting dressed”. Leading worship in shorts was a big no no. The thought of wearing a hat was even crazier. The thing is I could never articulate why I wore my best clothes to church other than this is what I was supposed to do. As I got older and started touring, I found myself having a battle every weekend to make sure that I was looking the part. Going from denomination to denomination, the only difference seemed to be what I wore on Sundays. Sometimes I got it right, and other times I got it very wrong. A worship leader’s job on Sunday is to lead people in worship and get out of the way. Worship leaders (we) have the best job in the world. We get to lead people in worship. It’s the only thing that will happen in eternity. Here’s the thing: in today’s world of social media and smart phones, people can see right through the surface. It’s almost impossible to hide. People are desiring to know you, not the artificial you. People want to be led authentically. Worship leaders, pastors, and other church leaders are elevated on a platform even though we are just like everyone else. Our job is to point people to Jesus from a place of who we are and not what we look like then get out of the way. When people come to church, they aren’t looking at you and me. We are merely pointing. The average person wants to know they have a leader that is real. Our job is more relational and less about performance. Where is the heart of what we are doing? It’s the same argument for whether we need intelligent lighting and fog. If we remove that, will people still worship? We should always strive for...

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I am opening for…

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

I am opening for…

I am really excited to be a part of the National Worship Leader Conference in Dallas, TX later this fall.  I had a great time this summer in San Jose, CA.  I taught a couple classes, played a concert during the lunch hour, and sat on a Songwriter’s Panel with Jeremy Armstrong from Worship Leader Magazine and Vaughn Thompson from Cathedral of Faith in San Jose, CA. Thursday October 1 I get to open for Meredith Andrews, Laura Story, and Charles Billingsley at the National Worship Leader Conference in Dallas, TX.  If you are in the Dallas area or you are looking for a reason to travel, come join us! There are still tickets available for the conference (and just the concert) at...

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Bring us to your Home

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014

Bring us to your Home

Your favorite band is coming through the area, you wait for the tickets to go on sale, and then you purchase them.  The night comes and you get dressed up, head out to dinner, and then wait in a long line before sitting down and enjoying the concert.  All good things right? What if we brought the concert to you?  You could invite your friends over, have light appetizers or desserts, and enjoy a night of music in your living room or backyard. Email booking@jsmusic.net to start the conversation about having us come.  We’d love to make a Night of Worship a reality....

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