That’s how I ended it off.
We’re here to worship Him- and if we take up the task of leading
worship, we are to assist others in doing so. Improvisation has it’s
place… but an entirely improvised worship service?
I was there when we first used Powerpoint to put songs and sermons up
on a screen at the front of the sanctuary- and at the back, so the
singers could read off it. A tremendous tool, this. It changed
everything. We could incorporate videos, sounds, and music into the
worship service. Pastors could have visual aids, verses, and cues in
the sermon. Once they figured out how to use it, it was a great tool.
Problem being, this forced a certain inflexibility to the service. Once
the order was there, they had to mostly stick with it. That was the
I’d make changes when they asked, put in different songs, change the
order, whatever. No big deal- they’d tell me, and we’d roll with it.
But one of my biggest frustrations was, ironically, when the worship
team improvised, and went to a song that they hadn’t planned on
playing- especially if it was a relatively new one.
“Wait, Dave, you’re confusing me,” you’re saying. “Didn’t you go and say, ‘just play’ last time?” Stay with it. There’s more.
Forgetting, for the moment, that a hundred heads would turn as one to
see why there wasn’t words up there, and how the techie had screwed up-
at that point, the team might well be worshipping by themselves. Part
of the reason for a ‘worship team’, I figure, is to assist us in
worshipping God together, in a style that we enjoy and can relate to.
The ‘techies’ are an integral part of that, with the systems we have
When we go out and worship- corporately, privately, worshipper,
musician, sound guy, powerpoint, whatever- we just go out and do it.
Don’t worry about the performance, or what we did wrong. Don’t worry
about what anyone else thinks about you singing, raising your arms,
dancing, or however it is you worship. Just praise Him. Just play.
Sing to the Lord a new song, every time we step into that sanctuary.