Earlier this month, Jared Sears wrote a guest post for Worship Set Ideas, called “Leading Worship During Christmas.” Having personally wrestled with the tension between my pastor’s theme and what the congregation desires to sing and hear during this season, not to mention the sometimes difficult nature of playing traditional carols with a contemporary band, it certainly resonated with me:
I don’t lead worship to help people feel good. I lead worship to connect people to the saving gospel of Christ through art. How much more connected can your congregation be to music than during Christmas time? Who doesn’t know Christmas carols? Nostalgia can be frustrating, but why is it a bad thing to be connected deeply to a song? Many Christmas lyrics are powerful.
What are your tips and techniques for getting through Christmas as a worship leader?