I’m convinced that regardless of anyone else’s good intentions, the person who gets the most out of the Sunday worship in most churches are the worship leaders; technical concerns notwithstanding. These are the people who are most able to immerse themselves in true worship, while at the same time drawing others into the presence of God.
So even though I no longer lead on a regular basis, I’m trying to get into the habit of reading through “The Sunday Setlists” at Fred McKinnon’s blog. The way it works is that worship leaders — 66 so far this week — post their worship song list on their blogs, and then link to Fred’s blog, which acts as a clearing house (or aggregator) for the other musicians.
Some of the stories are of people truly thrilled with the opportunity that presents itself each week. One tells of a man who went forward and prayed for salvation with an enthusiasm that must rival the angels who rejoice at a soul saved. But Fred also calls them “worship confessionals” such as the one leader who confesses to have forgotten to wear deodorant. Way too much information.
But that’s what things are like on the other side of the platform; the other side of the microphone. Mostly, The Sunday Setlist gives you an opportunity to see what praise and worship songs are in use in different places. If you know the songs, you can hear the worship in your head as you read. If you see a song you don’t know appearing on several different lists, you know that’s a song you want to check out.
Most noticable trend on The Sunday Setlist: Opening and closing the service with the same song. Is this a good idea “bookending” the service with the same chorus, or is the “reprise” too reminiscent of a “show?”