“Sing a song at a slower speed”

The Sunday Sample, Episode 42

Last time: what to do when a song doesn’t stick

Time before – pre-service and post-service music – went well in Watford

Today : “Sing a song at a slower speed”

Have you tried singing songs at a significantly slower speed?

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Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

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God bless,

Malcolm

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

“What to do when a song doesn’t stick”

The Sunday Sample: Episode 41

Last time: pre-service and post-service music
Today : What to do when a song doesn’t stick
Things to consider:
  1. Did we teach it well?
  2. If there are men and women’s parts were they taught clearly?
  3. Is the theology really important?
  4. Is it a type of song we don’t have many of?
  5. Is it beyond the musical abilities of their congregation / worship team?
Possible solutions
  1. Re-teach
  2. Persevere
  3. Ask people what they think of the song
  4. Play in background so people become more familiar
  5. Perform it as a solo or group
Have you had this experience?
Please leave a comment and pass this on….
God bless, Malcolm
“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

“Pre-service and Post-service Music”

The Sunday Sample: Episode 40

Today I respond to Funlola‘s comment on last week’s post:

“I think starting music so people are walking in to it is good also – not walking into a warm up but walking into a worshipful atmosphere.”

I explain what we’re going to experiment with in Watford this coming Sunday. Let me know what you do.

Please leave a comment. Pass the link on to anyone who might benefit.

God bless, Malcolm

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

“What should we sing at the start?”

The Sunday Sample: Episode 39

 

Dave Eastman:

“When people come together on a Sunday morning, they have been beaten up by the world. As much as we might encourage them to come spiritually prepared, they are not necessarily in a spiritual state when they arrive. It is primarily the job of the worship team to take these people by the hand and walk them into the presence of God.”  "Building Worship Flow"; Dave Eastman, 2014

  • No point putting response before remembering to whom we are responding or why
  • No point putting requests before remembering to whom we are making those requests

Practicals:

1. Songs God-focussed. i.e. not about our response to Him, but who He is and what He has done

2. Flow helps – when gaps between songs are minimised there is less opportunity for the world to intrude

3. Worship leaders connected to God and communicating well with the congregation

4. Pre-service devotional helps the team to be in the state of mind and heart into which we hope to lead the congregation

Key Principle: If we get God at the start we will have an open heart to what his purpose is with us

Thank you for listening to this recording. You can find more recordings on this topic here and on the YouTube Sunday Sample playlist.

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: www.malcolmcox.org.

Thanks again for listening.

God bless,

Malcolm

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

“How to plan spontaneity in corporate worship”

Quiet Time Coaching: Episode 38

Today: the place for spontaneity as a worship leader

New Testament

Erickson: “the spirit moves through spontaneity. The spirit also moves through form and structure. Obviously, for Paul both dimensions are vital to the dynamics of worship.”

Erickson: “…a balance between structure and freedom is easier to attain in theory than in practice. The tension between the two can become a source of discord within a congregation. The pastoral challenge is to maintain a creative balance amidst these two constantly shifting elements”

Key Principle: “Everything must be done so that the church may be built up” (1 Corinthians 14:26)

Before you go spontaneous:

  • Discuss the place of spontaneity with leadership
  • Agree on principles and practicals as a worship team
  • Get feedback

Enabling spontaneity:

  • Do not abandon structure – it enables freedom
  • Give the service structure to your team as far in advance as possible

Practicals:

  • Extend a song
  • Add/change a song
  • Read/quote a scripture
  • Pray
  • Say a few words

What else can you think of / have you seen?

Please add your comments on this week’s topic. We learn best when we learn in community.

Do you have a question about teaching the Bible? Is it theological, technical, practical? Send me your questions or suggestions. Here’s the email: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

If you’d like a copy of my free eBook on spiritual disciplines, “How God grows His people”, sign up at my website: www.malcolmcox.org.

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: If you would like some coaching in spiritual disciplines, look me up here.

PPS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John

“How to help everyone participate in corporate worship”, part 3

The Sunday Sample: Episode 37

We want full participation – what to do when we don’t get it?

This is the third episode in a mini-series looking at some suggestions. This week: What’s wrong with ritual?

Please leave a comment and pass the link on.
God bless,
Malcolm
“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

“How to help everyone participate in corporate worship”, part 2

The Sunday Sample: Episode 36

We want full participation – what to do when we don’t get it?
Here is the second of our mini-series looking at some suggestions. This week: “Who’s who?”

Please leave a comment and pass the link on.
God bless,
Malcolm
“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

“How to help everyone participate in corporate worship”, part 1

The Sunday Sample: Episode 35

We want full participation – what to do when we don’t get it?

Here is the first in a mini-series looking at some suggestions. This week: assess the capabilities of your congregation.

Please share your ideas here by leaving a comment.

And please pass this on to one other person.

God bless, Malcolm

“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

“Making the most of meaningful movement”

The Sunday Sample: Episode 34

How do we make the most of movement in our worship teams? We discuss some pitfalls which can distract our congregations from meaningful corporate worship. I offer three tips for maximising the meaningfulness of our movement up front.

Please leave a comment below so that we can learn from each other. We learn best when we learn in community.

Also, please pass the link on to one other person who might benefit.

Thanks so much. And God bless, Malcolm

 

 

 

 

 

“Inspiring Interviews”

The Sunday Sample: Episode 33

I’m launching an interview series. Please watch/listen and let me know when I could interview you.

 

Three questions are all we’re looking at:

  1. What is a particular strength of your worship team?
  2. What have you tried or are trying that is working?
  3. What is your one strongest conviction about leading corporate worship?

Please share your ideas here by leaving a comment.

And please pass this on to one other person.

God bless, Malcolm