The Father has been shaping my approach to worship over the last couple of years. Steven's and Chucks's posts very articulately touch on what I've come to believe
I used to think that my job as a worship musician was to create an atmosphere in which the worshiper could approach the Father in praise. There is some value in that, I suppose, but I believe He has been changing my focus of late. The way I now (at least partially) resolve the performance/worship paradox is thus: one must sharpen his skill as a musician by diligently practicing his craft. Then, during the actual worship service I believe the musician approaches the Father in Worship first, which then draws the congregation in, instead of pushing them in to His presence.
An analogy might be a professional race car driver. He spends countless hours practicing his craft, sharpening his skill to the the utmost, so that at race time he doesn't have to think about the mechanics of driving, he just flows in what he knows.
In other words the worship leader LEADS, he doesn't need to whip the congregation into an emotional frenzy. Entering into His presence is not about emotion, it's about relationship.
Steven, we Messianics don't shun His feasts, we participate in them because, as you allude to, they are still our feasts.
Thank you, Chuck and Steven, for your posts.