I have been on staff at Living Word for nearly a year now. I’ve learned a lot, grown a lot, and continue to be blessed by the work here. I figured it was about time to revive I am an Offering. Hopefully I can be a blessing to those of you who were faithful followers once upon a time and any new person who might come my way 🙂
With that, I’ve been realizing just how important corporate times of worship are, and not only that, but how important it is to prayerfully and wisely select songs for the church. Singing corporately not only allows us to praise God together and to put the language of music to use to express our gratitude/wonder/joy/anger/sadness toward God or whatever situation we’re in, individually or corporately, but also allows us to declare what we believe, sometimes without even realizing we’ve done it.
This past Sunday during the confession of faith portion of the worship service, I led the congregation in a short recap of what we had already confessed through the words of the songs that we had sung. When we looked specifically at what we had sung, we realized that we had already confessed that:
- We believe that God is the creator of world and everything in it (from This is My Father’s World)
- We believe that God is sovereign and in control of all things (from This is My Father’s World)
- We believe that we are completely sinful by nature (from O Great God)
- We believed that God has redeemed us and cleared our debt by paying for our sin (From Lift High the Name of Jesus)
- We believe that the Spirit and the Word of God are full of power to transform us (From O Great God)
Before we had even made it to the announcements we had already declared our belief in these things through the words of the songs that we had sung together!
If you are a member of the congregation but not actively involved in service planning, make sure you view the times of congregational singing as more than just “times of congregational singing.” Pay attention to the content of the songs your congregation sings. What are you declaring?
Worship leaders and planners, make sure, as you plan your weekly worship services, that your congregation is getting equipped with a musical language that not only expresses a heart’s desire to worship God, but that also forms and shapes the faith of the people into Christ’s likeness.
Question: What lyrics from songs you’ve been singing in your congregation have helped to form your faith recently?
And here’s a quick little bonus: a blog post for Living Word that shows just how much we’ve confessed through song in the last six months. It was a blessing to me to see what we’ve been declaring together through song!