For today and the next two days I’m going to be posting some videos from a recent Sunday morning at my home church. I know that sharing principles is different from actually seeing what takes place, and a number of people told me how helpful it was the last time I posted the audio from one of our Sunday meetings.
The order of songs that morning was:
How Great is Our God (Chris Tomlin)
Haven’t You Been Good (Steve Earl)
Come Christians Join to Sing (Trad. hymn, vs. 3 by Kevin Hartnett)
Lost in Wonder (Martyn Layzell)
Speak O Lord (Keith Getty & Stuart Townend)
We sang the first two songs as a medley. We had to do the first song a little faster than normal and the second a little slower, but I think it worked. After that, I walked away from the piano to encourage the church in what we were there to do. I don’t think the congregation needs to be exhorted like this every time we sing. Other options are praying, read Scripture, share a testimony, or something else. But it’s helpful to help people understand early in the meeting to remember why we’ve gathered. Everyone isn’t at the same place of understanding or experience.
I try to make what I say engaging, personal, biblical, and usually related to some line we’ve sung or are about to sing. In this case, it’s the latter. I’m trying to connect who God is with where people are at and explain why it makes a difference.
Tomorrow I’ll post a video of the song that followed this exhortation.