A worship service should be like a good album

I am not a worship expert, although at times I like to pretend I am one. Nevertheless, I am blessed with the task of heading the worship ministry at the Glendale Church of Christ. We have a talented team of young worship leaders and we take turns leading and planning worship each Sunday.

As I sit down to plan my worship services I take several things into consideration. I am not going to get into all of them here today, but I did want to share my general philosophy for putting a service together.

This might seem strange to some, but I like to look at a worship service as one might look at a good album. Primarily what I mean by that is that I try to build a service that flows thematically and sonically. I like to focus on a thought, or idea and build from there. Sometimes I like to start with an idea and develop it throughout the service telling a story with scripture and song.

I remember one service in particular. We started with the idea of coming before God and moved through falling at His feet admitting that we are unworthy to praising him for forgiving us in our unworthy state. I don’t always get that deep with my services but it is fun to try to tell a story sometimes.

Sonically, I try to make sure that we move between songs with similar tempo and feeling. At all costs, I want to avoid moving from an upbeat clapping song to a funeral dirge. Both have their place, but it is not one right after the other. It is hard to successfully lead that kind of transition, and I feel as though it is a little distracting for the congregation. The thing that I constantly try to have on my mind while planning and leading is that we are trying to create an environment where people lose sight of the distractions and focus on worshiping God. Smooth song transitions help with that.

There are a lot of other things I take into consideration for every service I plan but I should probably stop there. As I said at the beginning, I am not an expert. I am just a music fan who is blessed to have the opportunity to lead others in worship. And I take that job very seriously.

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