We start a series on the missional theology axioms we work through in our coaching. Matt Tebbe and Ben Sternke share a few thoughts on the first axiom: God is always present and at work… something most Christians would affirm, but we don’t often live as if it’s true.
Steven Barr says
Hi all. Having just listened to your podcast I have a wee question.
Ben was a worship leader and mentioned the pressure of choosing songs.
It is a huge subject and our sung worship, our vertical worship is a large part of our daily lives, personal and congregational.
My question I suppose is this.
Does Ben still find this hard, or is Ben ad a pastor, encouraging the congregation in worship ad an overflow of worship from our forgiven souls?
Huge subject as I say. As a Pastor who is involved in the sung Worship in Church allowing the Holy Spirit movement is the stability that our congregants rely on.
Looking forward to your thoughts.
Ben Sternke says
Hey Steve – thanks for your “wee” question (such a Scottish thing to say!).
I don’t struggle now in picking songs (in the same way), because I’m typically not trying to “make something happen” with the music. Instead I’m trying to find dogs that give voice to what we need to say together in response to what God has said to us in this time of worship. Our worship service has a very “call and response” rhythm to it. God speaks/proclaims good news to us, and we respond… in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, but also confession, repentance, lament, and petition. So the search for songs now has more to do with finding appropriate and meaningful things to respond to God, rather than the pressure of creating an emotionally intense experience. Hope that helps!