I’ll admit it. Singing together in worship can seem strange.
I grew up loving the alt rock of the 90s. About as demonstrative as we got was crossing our arms and bobbing our head back and forth to the beat.
We don’t sing in public often (maybe when singing the national anthem at a sporting event, if even then).
Bursting out into song only happens in musicals, not real life. Right?
So why do we sing in church? One of my favorite bloggers, David Santistevan, wrote a post that answers this question, and is an awesome reminder and encouragement. Here’s an excerpt:
Songs are important. Church aside, consider the prominence that songs have in our culture. Movies wouldn’t make sense without them. Sporting events would lack energy without them. Moments rarely pass without hearing some type of music. From department store background music, to wedding ceremonies and concert halls. From iPhones to elevators, dance clubs to churches, songs are the single most important vehicle of communication and connection in the world.
All of a sudden, “What songs are we singing on Sunday” carries more weight, doesn’t it?
From a Biblical perspective, songs tell the story of the Gospel and frame our worldview each week. And while I don’t buy the argument that every worship leader is a theologian (don’t give us that much credit, unless you are one), we are influencing the theological framework of our people on a weekly basis.
When a young couple has a miscarriage, our songs give them voice.
When a elderly woman is widowed, our sings give her voice.
When a 9 year old boy is diagnosed with cancer, our songs give him voice.
Songs of lament, songs of faith, songs of truth, songs of hope…
I would encourage you to read the whole post, as it resonates deeply with why we do what we do and the way we go about planning and executing the songs that we sing together (even if you’re not a vocalist, no matter what role you have with our team).