My family was out of state this past weekend and attended a “blended” service Sunday morning. I realize many of our churches are struggling to determine what their corporate worship should look like, but unfortunately (as I experienced this weekend), what I see in most settings is a rush to move from the 1950s to the 1980s.
While moving forward 30 years is certainly progress, it leaves quite a bit to be desired.
I see so many churches that are seeking to transition by starting with the praise and worship choruses from the 70′s and 80′s (ex. I Love You Lord, More Precious Than Silver, & As the Deer) and ignore the great, rich songs coming from this decade. To ignore the great music of this decade ignores how God is active in the church TODAY. Also, in general, the music of this decade is much more rich in theology than the 70′s and 80′s.
The songs of the earlier period are often the ones that are referred to as “7-11″ choruses–songs with 7 words that you sing 11 times. Some of those songs are very useful, and they certainly were pivotal in our worship transitions of the last century, but I urge you to not use that era of songs as your main diet for adding new songs to your corporate worship services. The vast majority of the songs in the top CCLI lists do not come from the earlier era. Also, the songs of the earlier era don’t necessarily speak in styles that are comprehensible by the non-churched community as well as more recent compositions.
Many churches are turning to their outdated hymnals for “modern” worship songs, and therefore are quite limited in the possibilities. Fortunately, LifeWayWorship.com is a great resource to find the most modern songs in keys that are attainable for your congregation (as well as older songs).
Need help in selecting songs? Check out this post.