As a worship leader, I familiarize myself with different genres of music, specifically as it pertains to Christian praise and worship music. Growing up in the Southern Baptist Church, we sang out of the hymnal and really cherished the beautiful hymns, some spanning several centuries. I love the stories and inspirations of many of those beautiful hymns, and many were literally scripture and scriptural lessons brought to life through music. As a pianist, I learned many of them with block chords and very little variance from the familiar way of performing them. Some of my personal favorites were It is Well with My Soul, Great is Thy Faithfulness, In the Garden, The Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace, and of course I Surrender All and many of the altar calls. I remember many services that my mother played for (and her mother, and my father's mother), were usually thematically based and usually determined by the Pastor's sermon or his monthly message series. I loved the Easter Cantatas and the Christmas plays and Children's programs which delighted the parents and were seasonal highlights. This is my foundational understanding of the role of praise and worship music in the Church.