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What's up with "Special Music"?

Yesterday (Sunday), I was asked a question about "Special Music" in our church.  The Question was this, "If we meet for corporate worship why do we have people sing solo's?"  I love questions like this.  It makes me think. 

My answer went something like this:

I plan services understanding that there are non-believers that will be in the service.  When a person who does not have a relationship with Christ comes into our service, who do we expect them to sing to?  So, we place elements in the service that are not intended for corporate worship.  I also believe that some folks can worship through listening and hearing music.  We also use music and songs as a vehicle to "set-up" the morning message. Using a song to cause tension about a certain topic so the sermon (God's Word) can give us insight and direction.  

Any Thoughts?

Reader Comments (5)

I suppose the same thought could be applied to the pastor. Why do we have one person delivering the message? Or offering up prayer? Corporate worship can be accomplished even when one is not actively and outwardly participating. Agreeing in the heart and being willing to "go to the throne" while someone else helps lead the way can be done while sitting quietly in the service - no matter which part is in progress.

March 29, 2010 | T. Harder

I think that taking a few moments to listen and to think is just as important as corporate worship is to a service. I happen to be one of those who responds to music the way others respond to the spoken word. God touches me through His music and "special music" is an effective way to set the stage for the pastor's message.

March 30, 2010 | Scott

We may call it corporate worship, and we may worship together, but worship is a very personal thing. True worship comes from a heart that is prepared and ready to worship through every aspect of the service. Sometimes we forget "it's not about us.," worship is all about the one we worship.

April 4, 2010 | Steve Roggie

I do appreciate music that I can relate to and join in singing. When only the leader or the worship team is singing songs that they think I should join in--but they are totally strange or to a new tune- I feel left out. Thanks for including a few hymns lately they are a blessing. I wonder if the leaders can't tell when they sing a song that the audience responds to. I understand that we old people aren't the only ones involved--but look around there are alot of us.


April 22, 2010 | Juanita Moon

I love our two services and am gratified that we are able to meet the needs of our people in more specific ways, while, at the same time, provide an experience that is attractive to the unchurched of all ages!

April 24, 2010 | Gene Grate

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