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Recently we have started to attend a new church. This 'new' church regularly has 'special music' (at least one each week). My initial thought when visiting was 'Is Special Music still valid for current Worship Services?'

If you're younger and don't know what special music is, it is basically a solo or ensemble piece that is included in the 'body' of the worship service.

Although I've been involved in a church for several years that has only had 'special music' on a very rare occasion (possibly during Advent or Good Friday) it was a bit of getting used to again. This wasn't in a bad way, just re-aclimating myself to having music that I wasn't always participating in (i.e. I wasn't singing).  For some that just doesn't make sense - why would you have music that isn't 'congregational'; however, having this as a regular part of worship now for a number of weeks I can say that I've been reminded that some times we just need to 'be still and know', and sometimes that 'knowing' comes through just listening.

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I've had this growing thought that we need to reclaim the performing arts for Christ.

It started about 15 years ago when I was working in a public school theatre program. It's stereotypical that you see some of the most 'anti-bilbical' stuff in the theatre program (even in a public high school), but definitely very true*. That is the 'obvious' place where we can see the need, and where we can see Satan trying to take over an entire part of creation.

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pigs

I had never heard of this hymn tune until college when we played a handbell arrangement (and where it got the nickname 'PigsGutts").

Recently I included it in worship to find that very few of our (baptist) group knew the hymn (tune or text). I should have guessed that based on the fact that  I could only find it in a few select hymnals - and not in any versions of 'The Baptist Hymnal' that I have here (and I have several versions).

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To get things started on this new site I think it best to get a good foundation related to what we are about as worship leaders ... our purpose. Because the resources and discussion here in the future will all center on this central premise ... the reason why we are doing this.

To facilitate others in Worshiping the one triune God
as revealed in the Old and New Testaments.

Of course, this might get word-smithed in the days ahead, but the premise should remain the same throughout the life of this site (no matter how long- or short-lived that might be).

In the days ahead I'll build that out and try to explain it more (and possibly slightly revise it as that process happens).

Welcome to the site and glad you've decided to join me in this discussion.

 

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If you don't carefully study worship, and more specific - worship leading, you might think "worship is worship is worship". However, if you are a worship leader you do need to be a bit more specific in your understanding of worship. Just as the saying 'medicine is medicine is medicine' is not completely accurate, esp. if you are a doctor, so too is the statement about worship.

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