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Throwing Out The “Worship Set-List”


If you look hard enough online, you will see a wealth of worship-related websites that draw a huge fascination to the act of “sharing your Sunday set-lists.”  There was a time and place when this appealed to me to – but those days have just about gone.  Today, I would just assume throw out the Sunday set-list as it stands rather than share it.  Don’t tune me out just yet.  Hopefully you’ve learned enough about me by now to know I’ve usually got a well-intended point coming somewhere.

It isn’t that I think sharing set-lists are bad.  Some of my favorite blogs that I read on the interwebs have a tendency to share set-lists.  I have just started to realize something very valuable lately:

The worship set-list I keep  – the one that is a true reflection of my worship this week – would bring little value to anyone trying to figure out a great song flow.  My worship set-list would start like this…


You see, the songs we are singing as worship leaders are simply just celebrations of worship…not the sum of how we have worshipped.  My worship is how I have lived my life Monday – Saturday…when no one is looking…when there is no one to show a set-list of my actions to.

My ultimate worship set-list has to be that which I have when it is just me and God in the quietest of places. 

The songs I sing on Sunday?  Those are a celebration to God in response to the worship I’ve had with Him both privately and publically throughout the week.

If you honestly want to see songs and artists that I may cover in a church – check my iPod.  If you want an accurate gauge of what my worship set-list for life is, then pray for me daily that I am leaving no stone unturned to be able to worship Him.

I welcome you to join me this week as I will be beginning a new series called “ICEBURG: Beneath The Surface of Worship”.  Don’t want to miss it?  Sign up for our newsletter to be kept up-to-date with the series when it hits or sign up to have sent to you via email!