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When faced with the decision of “what do I say in worship service”, I often encourage worship leaders on our teams and those I mentor to script out what will be said during the service.  For some of you – my words have just offended.  “How can you be in the spirit if you are scripting what you will say?”  I want to set your mind at ease before we begin and say that there is a difference in speaking from the Spirit.  If the Spirit prompts you to speak…then you will speak.  Plain and simple.  Speaking what you have scripted is simply being intentional with your words as not to take part in needless babble for the sake of talking.

You’ve heard it before: “God, we come into your house, God – because, God…we just, God…want to, God….sing your praises, God….because we are in your house God….and we love to sing your praises, God.  Because when we are in your house, God…there is nothing better that we should do, God….except for sing…..God.”  Calling out the name of God over and over doesn’t make us any more spiritual.  Nevertheless – we tend to do it.  This week, I want to challenge you to intentionally script EVERYTHING you plan to say – including the first words that will exit your lips from the first song – to each transition – to the final prayer.

GIVING VALUE TO THE SONGS…

One of the deepest ways that we can give value to the songs that we have intentionally selected for our worship sets and script our transitions is by selecting a line from the song and calling attention to it to the congregation.  Invite the congregation to find relevance in the line in a way that, perhaps, they may have never thought about before.  Give the line – relate it to their lives – then relate it to their relationship to God.  Take, for example, Rend Collective’s “My Lighthouse”:

“The song we are about to sing begins with the lines ‘In my wrestling and in my doubts – In my failures You won’t walk out‘.  Not every relationship is perfect.  We don’t come here today pretending that they are.  In fact – many of us may have had plenty of people who have walked out on us and made us feel like failures.  I want you to know that God sees the beauty in us and doesn’t walk out on us – even when we have failed.  In fact, He stands even in the darkest of days like a light – guiding us to safety.  Let’s sing and proclaim that we will follow Him safe to shore!”

YOUR BEST PRACTICES

What are your best practices for not speaking too little or too much?  We’d love for you to join the discussion below in our comments section.  Let us know what you do – and what works best for your team.

Jason Whitehorn

Owner, Chief Visionary at got worship? Media
Jason Whitehorn is a worship leader/pastor, Christian songwriter, mentor, public speaker and Christian music promoter/publicist. Jason's articles have been published in both online and National publications and has broadcast in both radio and television - reporting and anchoring for affiliates such as ABC, CNN, and CNN Headline News. Jason is the Redemptive Arts Pastor at Grace Church in the Indianapolis-Metro area.

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2 thoughts on “Getting Scripted”

  1. HHH_AAA says:

    Thank you for giving a voice to a practice of mine. Some people criticize me for doing it but I think it’s very important to be a good steward of the time that I am given.

  2. Mike says:

    Sometimes it’s hard to find a balance between talking too much, and talking too little. One of our jobs as a worship leader/pastor is to help others learn to be worship leaders to fulfill their calling. I have had the experience where one of the members on our worship team always seemed to be the one doing all of the talking. It was even noticeable to the congregation, and many of them questioned me about it. I had to ask the person on the worship team (the one doing all of the talking) to be in submission to the person leading the team. We want to allow people to flow and grow in their gift, but at the same time, flow with the Spirit in the worship service. We came to the conclusion that we as people on a worship team are all “worship leaders”, but there is always one leading the team. We must know when to speak by being led by the Holy Spirit. We must also know when to be silent to allow others on the worship team to develop the gift that God has given them. There can be no “Lone Rangers” on a worship team.

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