the worship setting and the congregational voice

worship, praise, hymn, sing, church, christian, music

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

April 25, 2011

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worship, praise, hymn, sing, church, christian, musicI came across this video in the latest issue of @NeueMag, and it stirred some pretty powerful questions in my mind. And I’m sure you have some thoughts after watching the video and hearing statements like this…

More and more it seems like people show up to church, and they expect to have a worship experience delivered to them rather than people showing up excited to sing together.

I think it’s important that we urge our congregants not to think of the worship service as a concert hall, as a time that we come to receive something. But to think of our worship service as a banquet hall, where we come to participate in something together.

I’d love to hear what you think about what was shared in this video. Here are a few questions to get some discussion going…

  • What do you think about the statement that listening to music more often may be driving us to make music together less often?
  • What other cultural shifts do you believe is changing how we worship?
  • Is congregational singing really that important to the worship experience?
  • What is needed in order to have a time of worship?
  • If it’s needed, how do we change how congregations worship?


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the worship setting and the congregational voice

by Dan King time to read: 1 min