Worship Music Is Changing


John 4:23-24 – But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Worship itself shouldn’t change.  It’s ok for the music and style of it to be different.  Lets face it though, we don’t chant anymore nor do we open our hymnals to page three hundred and ninety-one every Sunday.  Not only are we seeing worship music change, but I believe we are seeing the modern Worship Leader / Worship Pastor / Music Director transform.

We have very easily seen worship Pastors change just as much as clothing and the culture around us.

I think I might bring back the Elbow patches though.

But we have definitely seen worship services move from being led by Acapella groups and Choirs, to more of a worship band or praise team that looks something like this.

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And in some circles you will find this…

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Now, I do not believe there is anything wrong with having either a single guy lead worship, just him and his guitar, or with the above picture, so long as neither becomes the main focus.  I cannot say that laser lights and fog are necessary though.  Unfortunately, worship IS becoming less about God and more about aesthetics; worship bumps.  Fuzzy warm feelings, if you will.  You will find worship pastors praying in such dramatic ways that they attempt, almost thespian like, Captain Kirk-esque prayers, to invoke an emotional response from their audience…their audience…not the congregation.  We have to denounce this, pragmatic, do whatever works, whatever feels good, and seems spiritual, kind of worship performance.  True worship cannot be ignored by true worshippers…the kind the Father seeks, who worship in spirit and in truth.

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