The No New Music Trap

I attend a rather small church and I’m on the worship leader rotation, which means I plan the song service and lead singing about once a month. I wouldn’t say I’m great at leading the congregation in worship, but I enjoy doing it, and I’d like to think that I help them experience God because I put a lot of time into crafting a service. Part of the tightrope that I have to walk in planning a service is making sure that I select songs that will satisfy all age groups, and tastes. However, inevitably someone will be upset because I either haven’t lead enough old hymns, or have used too many new, unfamiliar songs, which leads me to the whole reason I am posting today. At what point in life does one become bitter because someone is trying to teach them new songs at church? Similarly, at what point do I have to stop listening to new music on the radio and start listening to “classic rock” from the 1990’s because I can’t stand the new music of 20–? It seems that everyone reaches a point in their lives where they have little tolerance for new music. Why is that and how can I avoid falling into that trap?

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  1. Don’t think it happens to everybody, seeing as how my mom will listen and even sing to Amy’s rap with her, and there are tons of old people that go to our church and sing new songs almost every week (along with at least one hymn, of course!). Seems to me the key is to never reach a point where you think you know everything worth knowing. I think some older people get set in their ways and don’t want to learn or experience anything new anymore – it doesn’t just apply to music.


  2. I kinda like the new rock like Fall Out Boy or All-American Rejects. And the Goo Goo Dolls, Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters are still making good stuff.As far as church goes, here we always start with a newish song to bring everyone in, then eventually people get used to it and no one complains when it makes its way into the main part of the service. Of course, it helps to have a praise team when singing new songs, otherwise its a solo.


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