"Great singing everyone."
Sunday, September 23, 2007
We have all seen it happen. For many of us it is just second nature so we don't even bat an eyelid. We have come together and sung a song that clearly expresses the joy we have in our hearts to God. The song reminds us of our sin and depravity and we are moved. It also reminds us of the hope we have in God's grace and this lifts our hearts. The final verse is belted out in thanksgiving and joy and as the final chord is played the leader holds up the microphone and says...
"great singing everyone."
No prayer of thanksgiving. No final reminder of the awesome stuff we have been singing about. Not even a moment or two of silence so that we can chew over what we sung and felt. Rather it is a banal, cheery, well done to all.
Good on you for singing. You are good at it. Now sit down.
I don't know where this has come from - whether it is a reaction to emotionalism or whether the song leader is not trusted to say anything. Perhaps the song leader wasn't really singing to God but rather just listening to hear if you were.
I think that this comment does more damage than silence. It teaches people that their singing is all about them and putting on a good sing. It ignores God and it ignores the real affections that singing can produce in people's hearts. It rewards people as if it is a job well done rather than recognizing the spirits work in teaching people God's word and showing fruit through joy and affection.
Please just take a moment or two before you say anything and don't be so keen to save the music from being about God and delighting in him.
Posted byDan at 7:37 AM