Yesterday, Today, and Forever
August 28, 2013 | 0 Comments
Posted in: Worship Leadership
Who doesn't love a throw back??? I know I do! I often get flack from my Northwest peeps for all my 60s, 70s, 80s and (my favorite decade) 90s music references.
There is no doubt that music is a powerful medium that stirs hearts and minds. Many of us relate songs to happy moments in our lives, like the first date we had with our spouse; or to moments of sorrow, like remembering a lost loved one. As true as this is in pop culture, the same is true for songs of worship. I can listen to any "old school" Amy Grant song and recall the period in my life where my dad left us, and I began to feel my heavenly Father pursuing me.
As a new member of the Northwest Assembly of God Praise & Worship leadership, I have had the privilege of learning about what worship looks like when leaders embrace the musical traditions of "days of old," while keeping up with relevant styles. As Katie Scott mentioned in her blog, "The Ebbs & Flow of a Worship Set," "We labor over song choices, transitions and dynamics- all to bring it to one point- to provide a space where the 'Believer" can engage in worship and the "Seeker" can see that God is real." Part of this process involves selecting songs that are relatable to ALL members of our congregation, both young and young at heart.
While I'd probably choose Sandy Patti, Twila Paris and Rich Mullins songs for worship every Sunday, I have to be mindful of the fact that each person's experience with God is diverse. Our worship set should reflect that and aim to engage God's people in a very personal way. This means that while the song, "Runner" moves me to persevere in my faith, it may not have the same effect on a younger member of our church, who may not have experienced a deep testing of his/her faith.
How awesome is it to know that although music styles come and go with the times, our God is the one constant yesterday, today and forever?
Think of a song that stirs your heart and moves you to progress in your spiritual walk by encouraging you, keeping you accountable or humbling you. Meditate on the words and how God used those lyrics, melody, and instruments to bring a message to you. Then, SING IT OUT! I'd love to hear about it! :)