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Lately I have been taking some music gigs at Protestant services. As a Catholic, I have mixed feelings about it. I did check with one person I consider a pretty knowledgable and orthodox Catholic and he led me to believe that while he would not do it, there is nothing to forbid it. I have found some people who seem to discourage it online though.
Now, I might feel different if I was leading the songs or involved in the liturgy more directly. All I am doing is playing a role in the band. I mean, I feel weird because it is directly affecting their service in a way, but it is just a job to me. But if I were a carpenter or a janitor I would feel fine fixing/building or cleaning for a protestant Church. Would it be different I wonder if I were an organist and was the only musician playing? Does it matter how much one needs the money or not?
My point being that, what I am doing is being hired to play some notes. It does so happen to be during the service, but I do not see it as direct involvement in carrying out the liturgy.
It is my job, and I play wherever I am invited and paid as long as its reasonable.
Has anyone ever definitively asked or answered or have a link for me to solve the issue?
I welcome your opinions, and I will take them to heart, but am looking for something more concrete. If not found, maybe I should just ask my Pastor.
I'm not a muso, although I sort of play the guitar after a fashion. Provided the strings are tuned with an electronic tuner, and the chords are in front of me (I'm signicantly hard of hearing, so playing by ear is out of the question...).
However we had a Protestant organising and leading our music for a few years, and paid for it, for the simple reason we couldn't get a Catholic with the time and qualifications to do so. He was a good bloke too. While he hasn't become Catholic (as far as I know), it was noticeable that after a while he was crossing himself etc. in all the appropriate places, and once commented to me that he sometimes preferred our way of doing things to that in his own rather "fundamentalist" church.
In the end he resigned, mainly because he had attained a full time teaching position, and we didn't have the money anyway.
f it's good enough for a Protestant to make a few dollars leading the music in a Catholic Church, then I don't see why a Catholic can't make a few dollars as a musician in a Protestant Church. I doubt whether you're getting big money for it, and it gives you a chance to perform and in doing so, keep up your musical skills.
The main thing to be wary of is that you don't become influenced by their doctrinal differences. Other than that, I can't see an issue. And it's often difficult for musicians to find paid work, unless you're going to work in a rock band in a pub or whatever.
Q - "What's the correct form of address for a rock guitarist wearing a three piece suit?"
A - "Will the defendant please rise!"