Several articles on Singing and Songs and Worship
Category Archives: Worship
This post from John Piper argues that the defining sound of worship is congregational singing. I would agree, perhaps with a twist of congregational participation mostly expressed through singing.
They link to this article where the writer says
1. If we the congregation can’t hear ourselves its not worship.
2. If we can’t sing along its not worship
3. If you, the praise band are the center of attention, its not worship.
Yes! Well said! There are many more corollaries that could flow from John Pipers definition.
4. Sing songs together. Don’t just give us a few.
5. Teach us how to sing at home so that we don’t take up time learning in the service.
6. Judiciously, introduce new songs.
7l Make sure our congregations repertoire is rich.
8. Remind us that singing is a command and a fruit of being filled with the spirit.
One of the most moving songs at T4G was All I Have is Christ. I have asked Doug to teach it to us.
I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.
© 2008 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI), by Jordan Kauflin
Our own Craig and Anne Noll spent a year visiting 26 different churches. Their helpful observations are published online here.
They start with four questions:
1. Do we sense here a passion for God himself?
2. Does this seem like a community in which we could use our gifts (versus simply helping to staff established programs)?
3. Is there a sense of community here, of people belonging to each other?
4. Does this church convey a sense of being part of the larger body of Christ in the area (versus being a self-contained entity)?
There are number of applications for worship leaders, preachers, and the worshiping assembly.
Excellent! Very helpful! Thanks Craig and Anne!
For the aspiring and practicing worship leaders, Bob Kauflin offers some counsel on talking during leading.
Post 1 – Stereotypes the problems of leaders – The Teacher, Emoter, Mute, Reporter, Wanderer, Cheerleader, Philosopher, Mystic
Part 2 – Four Reasons to say anything at all. – Magnify God, Apply, Clarify, Inspire
Part 3 – Practical helps on what to says and not say when you lead. – Specific suggestions: Behold the beauty of brevity, God’s words outlast ours, don’t underestimate the value of preparation, and more.
The whole talk is on an audio here entitled: What Are You Talking About? What to Say When You’re Not Singing.