Hey guys, sorry for the break, been busier than I thought and more tired as well.
Over the past couple weeks, on my way to the gym, I’ve noticed a sign advertising a ‘Worship Concert.’ This term really bugs me. It carries some connotations with it that as a worship leader, I just don’t like. However, I am going to argue for Worship Concerts and that phrase to be tagged to it.
First lets define concert. According to dictionary.com “a public musical performance in which a number of singers or instrumentalists, or both, participate.” I bet right off the bat there are a few things that catch your eye as bad in a worship setting. “public musical performance”. This is definitely a danger, however, anytime you practice for something and then display the skill, even in worship, in front of people, it is a performance. Not only that, but all worshipers, in the congregation and those leading, are performing the act of worship before God. So while we should not make our worship an over the top blockbuster performance to put attention on skill and artistry. We should work to do our best as we lead worship in a church or in other worship settings.
From a cultural stand point the ways in which concerts are attended is changing. While a concert used to be a passive event where one would watch the performance, more and more, the band, or artist, encourages those in attendance to participate and sing along. I myself love to sing along at concerts. In many cases I think to myself, “wow, this band is great at leading worship.” We have to understand that most secular bands are not pointing worship to God, but themselves, and in many cases don’t really realize it.
So while I, and many of us may not like the term Worship Concert. It is perfectly legitimate to have them, and call them that. In reality it is a time of gathering together as believers and glorifying God. In many cases the change of scenery from our home churches and worship style, can either invigorate our worship, or give us a new perspective. So whether you are putting on a worship concert or attending one, praise the Lord.
A word of caution. While I have argued for the term and execution of Worship Concerts, caution must be exercised. It is easier to humble oneself in a church to worship and lead worship. However, in a larger outside of the church setting it may feel more like a concert, not a worship concert, but just a concert. Often times there are colored and moving lights, large back drops in which images and video clips or laser shows are included. While, none of these are wrong or evil, it can cause the worship leader to get a big head, or those worshiping to get distracted. Be sure that the focus is directed to our God, the three-in-one, triune, Father, Son, Holy Spirit God, Creator of the universe and all it contains. Savior of the world, Redeemer of the lost, Healer of the sick, the giver of strength, the Lord of Hosts, and Ruler of Heaven, forever and ever, Amen!
What has been your greatest worship concert experience?