Weekly Devotions from Landmark Baptist Church
We’ve been focusing on worship in our devotionals so far this year. In the past few weeks I touched on the subjects of the role of mind and emotion in worship, how we prepare for worship, and even the importance of worship. But how does all this really affect us as a choir? Several worship leaders/choir directors across the country have begun to explore this concept in greater detail, and I would like to share some of their thoughts, as well as my own, with you.
The most important thing we need to understand with our choir is that we are not here to perform for an “audience” but to lead a congregation in worship. Going back to our mission statement, we are here to “empower believers to worship Christ.” This should put two thoughts at the forefronts of our minds: first, that worship is for Christ (and no one else); second, that we are here to worship, not perform.
What’s the difference? Dave Williamson says that the worship leading choir
Robert Eric Walker also has this to say about the difference between worship leading choirs and performance choirs:
As I read this list (which I think is a pretty good one), I notice there is a huge emphasis on the state of individual hearts of each choir member, as well as the integrity of their individual lives. I also see the common theme of worship running through the list and not music.
It’s also a great list to use to reflect upon in regards to how we measure up in each area. This week why not focus on number #3 (daily worship). Take some time every day to worship the Lord individually – either in song or prayer or however you best worship him. That way our worship on Sunday will be an overflow of our worship throughout the week and not an isolated event. And that will truly transform our worship.