Worship: The music starts.
This one is for all those museo’s out there.
I’ve played in many different worship bands in many different churches and different crowds over the years. My experiences have formed my own opinions on how worship works and how it should be done. Whether you want it to be or not, worship is somewhat formulated and regulated, uniform and prescribed, no matter how much God has a say in the way you do it. In saying that, I’m not suggesting that this is the only possible way in which worship should be done or can be done, nor am I saying that God can’t use His spirit to change and adapt a music team and the way the songs are played. What I do mean is that there are certain aspects in playing worship and worship songs that works, that bring people into God’s presence and leads them to a night filled with what they all really came to do – to meet with God.
The first songs are the crux of the service. If you miss the mark here then you’ve lost the whole service. The reason for this is because these first two or three songs set up the energy and the openess of the people for them to come into true worship later on.
Generally, starting with a powerful, upbeat praise song, especially in a youth service is almost innevidible. But not because it is just because thats how its always been done. Its done because it works. The reason why an upbeat, loud, powerful song works is because it gets the guys shouting, the girls dancing and the congregation have the chance to lose the energy that they brought with them – to get it all out. Whether we like it or not; whether we intend to or not, we all bring baggage from the week thats just been through those church doors. It could be anything, from fights with depression, to a lost wallet. That first song brings release of that baggage and gets us energised and then deenergised as we lose stamina in our shouting attempts of singing. That then opens up room for emotion, for feeling, for the doors of the spirit to open and God and His Holy Spirit can begin to do their work. I believe that the first song is vital in setting up that environment for which those people can come honestly and humbly into worshiping their one true God.