6 Responses

  1. Vicki Carr
    Vicki Carr August 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm |

    Until you explained it, I had not considered the fact that we are now singing songs that are not as expressive of joy…..but it is true – for the church that is doing outreach to seekers, songs that express the longing for Jesus and a connection with the Holy Spirit are paramount in the worship lineup. This may, in fact, highlight the line of demarcation between what elderly people like to sing vs. young seekers. Songs of rejoicing in a well-grounded faith are what appeals to our beloved senior saints. “There’s Within My Heart A Melody” rings with sweet confidence: “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus! Sweetest name I know, fills my every longing, keeps me singing as I go.” How uplifting is that? Maybe we ought not wallow so much in our desperation to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit, but instead sing with joy about what we DO have. By continually expressing our yearning, are we keeping God at arm’s length? When we invite Him in, will He not respond? I believe there is always a place for joyful spiritual songs – maybe the text needs to be updated, and the instrumentation given a fresh approach, but the spiritual quality is ever present, and does not need to be forgotten.

  2. Peebles
    Peebles August 27, 2014 at 12:46 pm |

    I only have one question…….copyright?? I work with a team that even on the newest songs I fight for the composers version of their own music. If something is in public domain it is understood. Changing style or stylizing a song for your congregation is understandable, but to blatantly change lyrics or melody perhaps negates the composers inspired song.
    Yes I Have lifted melodies and inserted “old” words….Amazing Grace comes to mind….but don’t we as church worship leaders and musicians have an obligation to the musicians who publish their music, to perform words and melody as copywriting allows? We each customize our worship services and can be inclusive of old, new, classical, or hip hop should we chose. But please consider the composer whose music was possibly divinely inspired and help pass on the spiritual experience.

  3. Gary Stripling
    Gary Stripling August 27, 2014 at 8:14 pm |

    Great article. As an “old-timer” who started leading contemporary praise & worship in the late ’80′s before most of today’s worship leaders were even born, I have noticed a more angst-filled, me-centric style of worship coming out of today’s millennials. I miss the simplicity of “I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You.” Churches that desire to stay relevant to the current culture present a worship experience not much different from the concert we might have attended on Friday night at the local coliseum. So there is no Biblically-based teaching coming from the pulpit (or stage) that instructs a church full of new believers why we worship the way we do (lifting holy hands, inner/outer court, holy of holies, etc.). The teaching component of worship instruction is all but missing from today’s modern church. That is, in part, responsible for a very casual approach to the worship service, where attendees saunter in at their leisure in their shorts and flip-flops, balancing their cell phones and Starbucks cups, climbing down the row so they can sit with their peeps and enjoy the show. By the time the 3-song “setlist” is completed, very few have really worshipped.

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  5. Mary Ann Stein Raulerson
    Mary Ann Stein Raulerson October 16, 2017 at 8:30 pm |

    I agree with Vicki and Gary ( although I am fine with flip flops coffee and have been known to tote my cell phone in, but not use it during worship). I am extremely dismayed by the dirge like songs, many with little scripture or none. I am glad I found this article, I was wondering if I was the only one noticing this sad trend, it’s like something died or is dying. John 21:16 (KJV)
    He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

  6. Mary Ann Stein Raulerson
    Mary Ann Stein Raulerson October 16, 2017 at 8:32 pm |

    Ps. I accidentally pasted that Feed my sheep scripture it was on my clipboard. Sorry for any confusion.