I’m aware that new people are always visiting Worship Matters, so I wanted to list the ten posts I wrote this year that received the most traffic and/or comments. I omitted posts that suggested songs for Christmas/Easter. Hope one or more of these will freshly encourage you or remind you of something you’ve forgotten!
1. Reflections on Turning 55
A few thoughts I shared last January on what I’ve been learning in the 50+ years God’s granted me.
2. Open the Eyes of my (Face), Lord
While it’s fine to sing with your eyes closed, I think a lot of worship leaders do it out of habit or for more ungodly reasons. Hence, this post.
3. What Do You Say When You Lead Worship? Part 1 (out of 3)
This is the first in a three part series addressing what to say between songs.
4. Dementia, Miscommunication, and Extraneous Sounds — Another Normal Sunday
My confession that leading worship in song rarely goes exactly as you planned.
5. The Contemporvant Service — What Can We Learn?
I shared a few thoughts on a video from Northpoint that went viral this year.
6. Leading in the Midst of Trials
I learned in February that my grandson, Jack, had leukemia (he’s responding very well to treament, by the way). I shared a few thoughts in this post on how to lead when you’re facing personal struggles.
7. When Should a Worship Song Be Retired?
A question that every leader thinks about, and if they haven’t, maybe they should read this post.
8. How Does a Worship Leader Cue the Congregation?
If you want to lead the congregation spontaneously at times, what are good and bad ways to do it?
9. The Functional Limits of Creativity: How Innovative Can We Be with the Gospel?
My notes from a seminar I gave this year at David Crowder’s Fantastical Church Music Conference.
10. The Prodigal Video
Chris Powers did a beautiful job animating our song, The Prodigal.