Here are the top five most-read posts from Worship Links for the month of September, if you’ll forgive the shameless self-promotion on my part. 🙂
Marc Brown discusses how frequently we should partake in the Lord’s Supper. Does having communion too often reduce its importance or emphasize it? What do you think?
When me and the another guitar player and the drummer all started playing the same song differently and the congregation sang at different tempos and there was utter chaos. I’m not exaggerating, it was bad. Pastor looked to me from the piano and said, “We’ve got to get out of this song!” LOL!
Gathering regularly for worship enabled them to “survive” the Babylonian cultural onslaught. The early Church knew this, too, and survived the Roman Persecution by applying the very same principles. So, too, our gathered worship will help us remain faithful in the face of today’s cultural tsunami.
It’s important to balance quality musicianship with quality leadership. One particular guitar riff shouldn’t make the difference between whether a congregant is able to connect with God or not. But, one musician in a completely different ball park than the rest of the team certainly can hinder true worship (this can be true too if you have a prodigy guitar player on a team of average musicians – their skills can become the showcase and distract from worship).
Ron Edmondson shares some common qualities he’s noticed in the best worship leaders he’s worked with. He points out, and it’s worth repeating, that musical ability doesn’t even make the list.