Information for Song Leaders
Use a variety of music: congregational singing, instrumental or vocal solos, and group presentations. Check the worship participation survey for details on who is willing to serve. Make use of families, small groups, mentor and mentee pairs, children, and youth.
Be aware that musicians are invited to bring their instruments every first Sunday, so include them in appropriate congregational songs or ask if they would like to provide special music.
Logistically it is helpful to not introduce more than one new song a week. While learning a song, it is difficult to actually worship, so think about the placement of the new song. Be aware of the difference in tempos and dynamics. Consider limiting the amount of going back and forth between the Hymnal and the supplement, as awkward transitions can break the flow of the music. Song leader and accompanist need to communicate with and listen to each other, and practice transitions ahead of time. Including the song numbers in the bulletin helps this as well.
(from section under elements of service) The initial set of songs can be “Gathering” songs; songs that speak to the intention of the people to gather to praise God, followed by songs about God. The next set of songs can be directly to God, as prayerful praise.
(from other ideas/feedback in previous years)
- If using a song with a language other than English, take time to learn at least approximate pronunciation of words as it shows respect for the people who consider that language their mother tongue.
- Announce songs clearly and engage congregation by looking up as you lead
- Be aware that music and singing can be one of the primary places where we connect with our hearts and for some is the deepest means of praying.It can be the container in which the Spirit is working.
- As a rule of thumb, typically have about 7 congregational songs in a worship service