Jason Squires

Songwriter, Worship Leader, & StoryTeller

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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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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We bought a trailer!

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013

We bought a trailer!

It was time…. Picture a car full of people driving down the freeway with instruments on their laps and stuff falling from behind them. Picture every turn with the fear of falling debris.  That was us for a very long time.  (Slightly dramatic) We bought a trailer! Its a 5×8 cargo trailer and will allow us to travel with more of what we will need for our trips.  Visit the booking page and let us know if you want to have us at your church or...

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Do you have any mustard?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012

Do you have any mustard?

I was chatting with a friend of mine the other day and he recounted the story of when he moved out.  When he was 18, he was moving out of the house to be on his own.  He loaded up the truck with everything he owned and before he pulled away his dad asked, “Do you have any mustard?”.  Looking confused he said, “No Dad, why do you ask?” His dad replied, “Every time you have needed mustard in the past you walked to the fridge and it was there for you to use.  Now that you are going to be on your own, you will need to buy your own mustard.” As simple as that statement is, it has a lot of meaning behind it.  Since we had the conversation I have stopped to noticed the things in life that I take for granted.  The “common conveniences” of everyday life that go unnoticed.  I was driving home from the grocery store on Friday and the AC went out in my car.  It didn’t take me but 5-10 seconds in the CA heat to realize that it wasn’t blowing. Before that moment, I would climb in the car and hit the button without thinking about it.  The other common convenience I take for granted is when I am thirsty, I turn on the faucet and have clean drinking water at my disposal. Other uses for water that go unnoticed are taking a shower, using the restroom, washing my clothes, watering the yard, and making ice in my freezer. What do you take for granted as a...

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Constant Released!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2012

Constant Released!

I am REALLY excited to get this music out for you to download and enjoy! When I was in High School, one of my teachers use to say TINSTAAFL.  That mean’s “There is no such thing as a free lunch.”  In this case, that is not true.  We have released Constant as a free download for you to enjoy.  Crank it up in your car, on your iPod, or on the church stereo system.  Ultimately we just want you to enjoy the music!  Click on the New Music tab above and you can download a copy for yourself....

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