Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Worship Service Faux Pas

Since I'm in the mood for posting links, Daniel Darnell of Collide Magazine has posted 10 worship service faux pas, which are worth considering. There are five here and five there. I know that we've been guilty of 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10 at Covenant Life. What do you think of this list?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's another one that happened just this past Sunday:

When the worship leader improvises while teaching a new song. Ok, I will concede that he sang it straight the first time through, but for many people that's just not enough, especially if the melody does interesting things that are not easy to anticipate.

Nicholas said...

I was laughing out loud at the fake clapping point. I'm not quite sure how to do this given that clapping is hard on the (relatively expensive) wireless mics. At my last church, we had a whole lot of fun with our worship pastor when the wireless handheld started going on the fritz after years of him clapping with it (though realistically it was probably something else).

(ps. The link to the first article didn't work for me--I had to go to the second article and go back. Oddly, it looks like there are more hyphens in the actual link.)

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Dean said...

Most of these problems would vanish if we were careful to counter the performer/audience dynamic that is so much a part of this world's culture. June Tabletalk had a thought-provoking article on this subject at
http://www.ligonier.org/tabletalk/2008/6/1067_Pluralistic_Worship

Nicholas said...

Hi Dean,

Thanks for posting that article from Tabletalk. I must confess I was disappointed after I read it--not because I was offended by anything Johnson wrote, but because he stopped writing. I really liked the article, I just wish it would have been longer. Am I missing something by accessing the web version of the magazine? Do you know if Johnson elaborates on his ideas in the book (Family Worship) he wrote?

I don't know if you're familiar with him, but John Frame has written some interesting works on this topic too, Worship in Spirit and Truth, and Contemporary Worship Music: A Biblical Defense. You may want to look into those books, hopefully you'll enjoy them. In the meantime, I'm going to try to find out if the article you posted is continued anywhere.

Thanks again for posting the link!