I love to make comments as a worship leader. Comments present great opportunities to draw people’s attention out of the world and into the Word. But if comments are not well formed and stated they can be distracting and have the opposite of the intended effect. Here are a few tips that I have learned about making good comments in worship.
1. If you have nothing to say then say nothing.
Nothing is more distracting during a worship service then a worship leader who is tripping over his own tongue. If you got something to say then say it. But if you don’t have anything to say then don’t say anything. Trust your song selection and the Holy Spirit to accomplish what needs to be accomplished.
2. Read…a lot!
90% of my comments flow from what I’ve been reading throughout the week leading up to the service. Reading Scripture and other spiritual writings informs my mind, heart, and soul. And that information fills the hopper that feeds my comments.
3. Quote Scripture and others
Read quotes from the information you have been reading. If the author makes his point well then let him make the point to your congregation. If it’s well written there is no point in paraphrasing it or making any kind of annotation. This is defiantly true with Scripture. I would love it if my pastor got up one Sunday and just read (passionately) through the book Ephesians.
4. Prepare your comments
A number of years back I was talking with a friend about my desire to develop in my ability to lead spontaneously in worship. I longed to pray prayers, sing songs, and speak words that were given in the moment by the Sprit. Because that’s the only way the Spirit works, right? I’ll never forget my friends response. He looked up at me and said “Dan, the same Spirit that leads in the moment leads in the planning.” Do your due diligence… Get in the Word. Pray and plan. And trust the Spirit to lead you everyday…not just sunday morning.
5. Leave room for the Spirit
Make sure there is room for the Spirit in your plan… Allow for spontaneity. I close out the service every week. I almost never prepare my closing comments. I listen to the message and make my closing remarks in response to the Word that was preached.
6. Keep it brief
If the Sunday morning service was a dinner party then you would be responsible for bring the appetizers and the pastor would be responsible for bringing the main course. Make sure you understand your role… You’re offering the introduction to the meal not the meal. Comments that are too long can distract from the sermon. Incidentally, (Tip 6 1/5) this is why it’s really important to communicate with your pastor to find out what he’s bringing. You don’t want to show up with mexican quesadillas if he’s got an Italian dish in mind. Wow, did I take that illustration to far?
What comment making tips do you have? Leave a comment and let me know what they are.