Spiritual Health: Re-Set the Rudder That Steers the Ship

We want the people involved in leading the congregation to worship God through songs to deeply and clearly know that the true worship of God goes beyond our songs and our services.

Spiritual Health: Re-Set the Rudder That Steers the Ship
Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. James 3:4-5a

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Some practical examples:
• Rather than using the word “worship” as a euphemism for singing songs of praise, describe that particular activity in a way that reminds the speaker and the listeners that songs and singing are but one of the ways we worship God. “Let’s worship God, now through this song …”.
• As an alternative to calling our instrumentalists and singers the “worship team” or “worship band,” how about referring to them as the “praise team” or simply the “XYZ Church Band”?
• Instead of having a street sign that says, “9 a.m. — Traditional Worship & 10:30 a.m. — Contemporary Worship,” we might have it say, “Let’s worship God together this Sunday! 9 a.m. with choir and piano. 10:30 a.m. with contemporary band.”
• If your job title is “worship leader” or “worship pastor”, consider a change to “praise leader” or “Creative Arts Pastor.”
• “Worship songs” would be more accurately called, “songs for musical worship.”
• Rather than calling your main auditorium the “Worship Center,” think of a name that recognizes that, while this is the venue where we gather to worship God corporately, we have the opportunity to worship God no matter where we are and who we are with.

Yes, people of the Christian faith gathering together is an important, even imperative expression of worship. Singing songs of praise, praying, reading scripture, communion, baptism, the giving of monetary offerings and more are crucial expression of worship. But we must communicate that worship, or “showing the worth” of God is not limited to just these very specific activities, during only specific times of the week inside a certain building.

I sincerely believe that the worship of God that is expressed as we gather — through our songs of praise and the other elements of our services — can only come fully into focus as they are woven into the fabric of a life surrendered in worship.

And we are prone to underestimate the life-steering ability of our words.

You may think that this is not important. That it’s not something that needs to change. Just semantics! Maybe you’re right. But it’s worth keeping this in mind:

For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted.
It is the Lord who judges me.
1 Corinthians 4:4 (ESV)


More About Grant Norsworthy
A Grammy-nominated, Dove Award-winning musician, Grant Norsworthy is also the founder, owner, content developer and principal instructor of More Than Music Mentor, helping to equip church singers, instrumentalists and technicians for artistic excellence and authentic worship.
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