Here are two excellent resources for selecting songs for worship.
How Should We Pick Songs To Sing In Church?
Mark Altrogge pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, PA, has written an excellent article, “How Should We Pick Songs To Sing In Church?”. In this article Mark outlines criteria for selecting the songs we sing in worship.
…we should choose songs that:
- Are doctrinally sound (Is it biblically accurate? Years ago, we sang a song about blowing a trumpet and victory and when I looked up the passage in the Bible it was about God’s judgment on his people)
- Are significant (“Joy is the flag flown from the castle of my heart when the king is in residence there” – wave your handkerchief above your head as you sing - it’s probably true but is it significant?)
- Have creative lyrics (Come on now, we can do better than “You saved my soul and made me whole”), yet “literarily apt and thoughtful” (One man I know once said, “God is so good – he’s like a greasy piece of fried chicken” – creative, but the metaphor doesn’t work too well)
- Have good music (Raise your hand if you want boring music and melodies)
- Have music that’s appropriate for the lyrics (Does a snarling death-growl vocal fit lyrics declaring the holiness and majesty of God? Maybe it could to some, but if possible we should seek to appeal to a wide audience). We should seek music and melodies that highlight the lyrics.
You can check out the rest of the article here.
In adddtion to his pastoral responsiblities Mark is a contributing writer for Sovergen Grace Music.
Putting Songs Together
Why do you choose the songs you do? What factors go into deciding whether one song is better to use than another? What’s the difference between lyrical flow and musical flow? How can we use songs to effectively care for people’s souls as they sing them? These questions and more will be addressed in this important but often overlooked aspect of leading congregational worship. Whether you’re choosing an individual song or a group of songs, this seminar will give you criteria for doing it more effectively.
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