The Series

Too often, we, as worship leaders, can get into a rut in our worship planning. In this series of posts, I want us to evaluate our methods and thought processes as we design our times of worship. Our church’s corporate worship times are the primary means by which the church can disciple the majority of our people, and we must be intentional in our planning and leading in a way that truly transforms lives.

Check out the first post to better understand the term, Playlist Worship.

The second installment discusses how to help your congregation connect their hearts to the messages of the songs through times of ministry, testimony, scripture and prayer.

Part three explores ways to make worship songs more impactful by creating textual, thematic, and response links that connect the heart and mind of the worshipper.

Part four examines musical transitions that create a more logical, seamless flow in worship and engage the worshippers more fully.

In part five, we look at utilizing planned spontaneity in providing some great worship moments.

Part six discusses incorporating more non-musical worship elements into the service, such as prayers of confession, creeds, and scripture readings. 

Last week, we looked at ways we can design our times of worship more intentionally to connect the hearts and minds of the worshippers in ways that bring transformation by creating textual, thematic, and response links. Song connections will have far greater impact if you can connect these songs musically as well as textually, thematically, and responsively. Today, we will explore musical connections.

Connecting songs musically

Too often, worship teams lead congregations in two or more songs in succession, but the connection between the songs is often disjointed and awkward. The flow stops while musicians adjust capos or change their music. Sometimes, it is like shifting into reverse when you are driving down the freeway. The result is a disjointed time of worship rather than one that has a seamless flow.

As worship leaders and planners, we want to provide a more seamless journey for the worshippers, removing distractions and providing a flow that is musically and textually smooth and connected. Last week we looked at textual connections.

Remember that providing these textual and musical transitions helps the worshipper connect the songs strongly to their heart, soul, mind, and strength on the journey of worship. It’s far more than just a cool way to move from song to song. Playlist worship, on the other hand, often feels disjointed textually and musically as if songs were randomly selected and played one after another from the worship jukebox.

I now refer you to a previous series of articles where I walk you through the understanding of how to connect songs musically (as well as a review of textual and thematic connections) to help you craft a worship journey that can more powerfully impact your people. I will use a series of videos recorded from a Worship Leader Boot Camp several years ago with explainer and demonstration videos.

Next week, I will guide you through worship moments that engage planned spontaneity.