When I taught middle school choir, there were times that I had my students sing music from other cultures and religions. I stressed the fact that, in some instances, a musician is an actor. I told them that, when they sing about God, they don’t have to believe in Him.
In a recent post, I delved into an aspect of modern culture that works against the training and maturation of this generation as singers and musicians in our churches – the importance of having a distinctive, unique, and/or interesting voice
Once upon a time, there was a handsome music minister…
(Now, see, I’ve started this post badly. My fault.)
I once took a meeting with someone in a church I served that wanted some time with me to voice some concerns. I welcome meetings like that. There is never a guarantee of complete agreement, but at least concerns are voiced and addressed directly.
This person, during the course of the conversation, related to me that neither they nor their spouse participated in choir anymore. When I asked why, they told me it was because the style of music had changed over the years, and they did not feel they could worship with the style of music as is. So, they didn’t.
I don’t believe I have ever heard the crucifixion related to the bride of Christ, His church, in this way before. I had never heard of the poet, David Bowden, before seeing this video, and know nothing of his background, but I intend to check out his work.
Take a minute to watch this. What are your thoughts?
Those of us who attend church regularly have been in worship services that just seem to flow perfectly. Every song transitions perfectly into the next. Every word said is poignant and meaningful, adding beauty and context to the service. Every word on the screens is in place. Everything just works.
Not all services roll like that.
There will always be hiccups in worship flow. A guitar string that strays out of tune. A false start on a contemplative song. A mumbled fumbled song introduction.
The key is, as much as humanly possible, to avoid the avoidable. To plan the musical and artistic elements of corporate worship in such a way that the Holy Spirit has no manufactured competition for the attentions of the attendees.
With flow in mind, here are ten ways to improve worship service planning…