Here are the top five most-read posts from Worship Links for the month of April, if you’ll forgive the shameless self-promotion on my part. 🙂
Perhaps no issue has divided the modern church like whether or not you like Taylor Swift’s music. Okay, maybe that’s overstating it, but I’ve still seen people take some rather hardline stances on the topic. Never one to shy away from controversy, Laura Blankenship suggests that a pop music superstar has some lessons to teach local church worship leaders.
Well, I close my eyes and bump into the mic all the time, I start in the wrong key, and have voice cracks. I can’t really think of one catastrophic moment. I will say though, when we as worship leaders take ourselves to seriously, we just set ourselves up for embarrassment. People want to see someone real leading them.
There is a fine line between enjoying worship and enjoying music. I think it is helpful to have a good understanding of the role of music in worship in order to personally avoid this pitfall. We tend to look at music as a means to provoke emotional and spiritual experiences. Playing a certain song, style, or arrangement of music can stimulate specific emotions to listeners.
Jonathan Aigner mostly writes with regard to traditional worship, but the principles he outlines are appropriate for any worship context. And I am totally on board with him when it comes to “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden.” He shares a couple other real stinkers, too. How do you know when it’s time to cut a song from your rotation?
Paul Clark lists two essential aspects of congregational singing, and while they may seem obvious, we too often overlook them.