Communicating the Gospel: Look for Moments to Educate
It is essential to not give the impression that music and worship are synonymous. Music is an element. It’s equally essential for musical and technical presenters to work as partners.
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If you had the opportunity to read Communicating the Gospel: Philip and the Ethiopian Go To Church, the article posted on August 20, it touched on three areas of service, beginning with connecting in worship, then the welcome, and lastly, the church news and offering, but there are additional aspects of the service in working to communicate with each member of your congregation, even those visiting your church for the first time.
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Scripture abundantly illustrates how powerfully music brings people into communion with God, yet music in worship can be confusing.
“Why do we stand to sing?” Philip is asked.
Soon, the singing ends, and the pastor then says, “Thank the worship team for a good time of worship.”
After which tanother question comes, “Is worship over?”
It is essential to not give the impression that music and worship are synonymous. Music is an element. It’s equally essential for musical and technical presenters to work as partners, so that a congregation singing remains engaged with God, and is not distracted.
Be careful in the verbal language, body language and technical presentation of musical worship, so that the gospel is not overshadowed. Keep guests at ease by reminding them why standing for music at church is different from standing at a pop concert.
If song lyrics are printed as well as projected, point this out before singing begins. Find opportunities to reassure the audience the music is scriptural, even if it may not sound “sacred,” and to make certain that they understand why, and what they are singing.
1) Translate Lyrics: Whether or not hymns are “dated” is not relevant in this context. What is applicable is whether the hymns that are chosen contain words whose meaning is lost.
Even if they like the music, do listeners really comprehend some lyrics? For that matter, do the singers know the definitions or are they just singing, because the songs were selected for them? As Paul may ask, “how much more, then” would our worship be enhanced by a brief “evangelical English” lesson? Would “A Mighty Fortress” be mightier when comprehending “a bulwark never failing?” Would the “Fount of Every Blessing” to which we come, flow more abundantly, were we to recognize a “fetter” and realize that we are not uplifting Mr. Scrooge when we “raise mine “Ebenezer.”
Latest ResourceWorship Facilities Magazine, November-December 2017
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