We’re all singing together

We're all singing together

“It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the church, may share in its song.”

Those words are from one of my favorite writers/thinkers/theologians/question-asker Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

As someone who gets up and leads others in song I feel it is important to get out of the way of the people. We (those up in front) need to see ourselves as part of the congregation rather than as “worship leaders.”

And in doing so we should join in with all people of God singing, not those playing instruments and holding mics, not just those in our congregation, in our town – but rather we join in songs of adoration, longing, wonder, and praise with all who call themselves children of God.

The City Harmonic

One of my new favorite bands – The City Harmonic!

I just liked this song – then my wife picked up a couple of their albums and I have to say – the City Harmonic is friggin’ awesome. First they are writing great lyrics and doing something a little different in the midst of all the music that is written now days for contemporary worship. And secondly their songs are great – fun melodies with infectious hooks – plus such an amazing energy that comes through the music.

I’ve been…to the mountaintop…

Feel free to check out their stuff:

http://thecityharmonic.com/

How to write a worship song (in 5 minutes or less)

I saw this video posted and I was smacked in the face with a few things…

One being that I really love sarcasm. Really.

Then I realized how close to the truth this bit of comedy really was, and like great comedy it didn’t exaggerate what something may be – but rather held up a mirror and to show the absurdity of some of the songs we may sing in church.

The number of songs that follow those two forms spelled out is staggering.

Then again are we as churches demanding more?

Are we as worshipers looking at the lyrics and holding them to the standards of Wesley/Watts/Crosby and others?

Are we as songwriters trying to write better songs – or are we simply banging out a dozen songs to record and get on the Worship Conference Circuit?

Let’s do better.