If you're a worship leader, one of your major responsibilities is planning worship gatherings, whether you’re a scheduling junkie or not. The only remaining question is, “How?” Here are two basic approaches to planning worship gatherings for your church.
Have you ever been a part of a conversation that went like this? Listener: "Hey, thanks for singing that solo this morning. Your song was a huge blessing." Singer: (Rather awkwardly) "Oh. Uh, thanks... I mean, uh... No! Praise ye the Lord. All glory be to Him, amen?"
Here I Stand is a new hymn rooted in the promises of Hebrews 10. "Every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified" (Hebrews 10:11-14).
Singing is a gift. It’s not a talent enjoyed by a select few, but a gift given to every believer. Today, we have a wealth of song texts comprised of psalms and hymns that exist for our spiritual benefit. This collection of songs is a rich inheritance of thought and emotion to which every believer can relate. But simply hearing a song is not sufficient. You must sing, even if you feel like you’re not musically gifted, and here’s why:
In a recent post, we discussed the motivations for congregational singing. Generally speaking, authentic worship naturally happens when Word-saturated and Spirit-controlled believers meet together (Col 3:16; Eph 5:18-19). Since the Word and Spirit are the foundational motivations for worship, it only makes sense that we should sing hymns that are doctrinally rich and accurate. Although Biblical accuracy is most important, there's more to choosing songs than just a doctrinal criteria. Here are two more considerations to think through when selecting hymns...