Somewhere along the journey in modern worship music it has become very common to build a set list full of songs that are slow, mellow and emotionally driven. Whenever I experience a service like that I often feel heavier when I leave than when I first got there! Don't get me wrong, I love music that is passionate and stirs the soul. I am a big fan of music that is thought provoking and can take me somewhere emotionally, however, if that is all I listen to I can find myself feeling very down. In my opinion there needs to be a balance of the slow, mellow, heavy songs and fast, fun and joyful songs. When we gather together as believers it is important to celebrate what God and His goodness as well as meditate on His love and passion.
Now, I know that there are services that are purposefully contemplative. Good Friday, is the perfect example. That is a service where we come to focus on what Christ did for us on the cross, and that doesn't feel like a happy joyful time. Easter Sunday, though, is a different story! That is a day that we celebrate God's love for us and we can rejoice in His goodness and our salvation!
So, worship leaders, I want to give you a challenge. Unless you are planning a purposefully contemplative service, don't make every song mellow and emotional. Have some life! Use the first few songs in your set to celebrate God's goodness and sing songs that encourage and fill the congregation with the joy of the Lord, then you can work your way to the more mellow, focussed and passion driven songs.
Let me know how it goes for you! If you have any questions or need help creating a cohesive set of songs like we have discussed here, please email me, I would love to help! Thanks for hanging out with me today!