This past Saturday (Jan 4, 2014), I had the privilege of leading a worship workshop with the wonderful people of the Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Sheboygan, WI. About twenty people gathered. The group included vocalists, instrumentalists, audio technicians, and video technicians. In addition to working hard and stretching ourselves out of our comfort zones, we enjoyed worshiping the Lord together. While we covered a multitude of areas during the workshop, three stand out.
- Harmony by the Vocalists – We don’t need three or more vocalists singing unison, one or two will do. If we are blessed with three or more singers, let’s add some harmony.
- Diversification by the Instrumentalists – Musically, it gets pretty boring when every instrumentalist plays every song in about the same way. Let’s mix it up a bit.
- Biblical Narrative Thread by the Worship Leader – Through the use of Scripture, help the congregation focus their worship.
Finally, throughout the workshop I was able to touch on some emerging trends in corporate worship. For more on this theme, check out this video – Converging Streams in Christian Worship. In this presentation, I discuss the trends now giving shape to the weekly gatherings or Sunday services of God’s people. The presentation took place on October 4, 2013 in Mount Vernon, IL as part of the annual event for the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region. The theme of the event was “Worthy Worship.”