In November, Church Music Today will look at a particular event the contributors have planned over the years and share it with you. We hope these practical ideas of enhanced worship services and groups brought in to lead in worship will be ideas you can use to springboard into your own church.
Let’s face it, if we’re leading a church as a volunteer or part-time person, the time is limited AND our budgets are limited. So, we need practical ideas that we can use to make worship excellent and allow us to break from the norm. Our “Save the Date” series this month will give you some tools necessary to begin the brainstorming process for 2013.
Today, I will share about the HBC “Sing A New Song” worship service we do each year.
Over the course of each year, we introduce several new songs within worship at HBC. Many times, the new songs are birthed from the choir as offerings of praise within worship and then we use them with the congregation. The youth choir sometimes leads us in new songs as well. Other times, we use our time in worship to teach the new song. Either way we follow the commandment of God’s Word (5 times in Psalms and 1 time in Isaiah) and “sing a new song” to the Lord. This concept is opposite from the old-fashioned “5th Sunday Singings” or “hymn sings” that churches have all done.
Once a year has passed, we’ve now (for example) introduced 10 new songs in our worship spectrum.
Side note – be careful not to introduce too few or too many new songs within worship. This is a fine balance. We must share new songs to break free from the same patterns of our musical wheelhouse, yet, we must also not share too many where the congregation cannot keep up.
On the night of our “Sing a New Song” service we will share these songs – and only these new songs – in a worship service. The praise band, adult choir and youth choir will all participate. We also use this service to share the background about these songs. We will share videos from the composers/writers as they share from the writing process of each song (many of these ar found directly on the composer’s website). Some of our folks will share a scripture passage that relates prior to each song as well.
Overall, it is a great night of fresh music within worship. Best of all, it’s free!
I have heard of folks doing this type of a service before the songs are ever introduced as well. They will prep the choirs and instrumentalists and then have the service. They will use the first half to actually teach the songs in worship and the second half to just worship! After doing this, it gives the church 10 new songs to use in corporate worship that have all been introduced (but, if you miss that particular service, you’re gonna be lost!)
I hope this is something you can easily apply at your church.
Above all else, we need to know why we are doing what we are doing. Why do we sing a new song? Why are teaching the saints modern music?
“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord all the earth
Sing to the Lord, praise His name, proclaim His salvation day after day
declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous deeds among all peoples” (NIV)
#1-it is Biblical…we follow His command. In verse 1 it says : sing to the Lord a new song. That’s not rocket science. That is a straight-forward command. It is not an option.
#2-it is an Offering… v.2 says we are to “proclaim His salvation day after day”. It isn’t our choice. It is HIS choice to accept our offerings. We sing the lyric “Come Christians Join to Sing” which states “Praise is His gracious choice”. We are singing to Him. Psalm 105:2 reads “Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him. Talk ye of all His wondrous works.” Singing a new song unto Him follow His command, offers up praise and…
#3-it is our opportunity to share our Testimony-Verse three reminds us to “Declare His glory among the nations”. Psalm 34 says “I will extol the Lord at all times. His praise will always be on my lips.” His praise shall always be on my lips. Always is an intense word. Always is always. Always is never ceasing. Always is forevermore. How are you doing following this scripture? I need to work on this. I need to improve on sharing my testimony through song.
Finally, we sing a new song because, #4-it is a Witness opportunity-note verse 3 as it reads “declare His marvelous deeds among all people…” Declare…proclaim His…God’s marvelous deeds…wonders…among all people…everyone.
“The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning. It’s time to sing Your song again. Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me – let me be singing ’till the evening comes.”