Everything is digital now; our church band plays contemporary worship music with guitars, keyboard, violin, and drums. I’ve never seen a hymnal anywhere…
The first time we visited our church, we walked into the sanctuary and saw a band on stage – the Worship Team – consisting of 8 to 10 band members with an acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, keyboard, and a violin.
My husband and I looked at each other because neither of us had seen anything like that before. The churches we grew up in used the old-time heavy hymnals, one piano and/or one organ playing and we all stood up to sing.
This was completely different. It was like going to a live concert – in church! The lyrics to the songs displayed on three huge monitors in the front of the sanctuary and the whole congregation sang along.
There are no choir lofts and I’ve never seen a hymnal anywhere in the church building. We don’t need them. Everything is digital now; the band plays contemporary worship music with a sound guy in the back of the church.
Contemporary Worship Music Makes Old Hymns Sound Better
The congregation stood and dutifully turned to the correct page in the hymnal. The piano or organ played and we all started singing – sort of.
Sad to say, but honestly, as a young person, it was probably the most boring part of the whole service. All of the songs seemed to be slow, long and drawn out.
I was yawning before the songs were over and had no inspiration to follow along with the sermon that followed. I always thought, ‘Why does church music have to be so uninspiring?’
Fast Forward 40 Years…
Today when I go to church, even the classic hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” is upbeat with the keyboard, violin and drums while still being a spiritual and reverent song. Songs like “Amazing Grace” and “I Have Decided” are adapted with an extra chorus to bring the songs up to date.
I never thought I’d enjoy – no, love – listening to “Jesus music.” But now – I even have a contemporary worship music playlist on a flash drive for my car stereo because worshiping the Lord with music isn’t just for Sundays in church.
The words of Crowder’s “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” are especially uplifting because that’s how I felt walking back into church for the first time in years.
Contemporary Worship Music is More Uplifting and Energizing
This may just be my opinion, but having an awesome worship team bringing Christian songs to life before the sermon, seems to make the sermon more inspiring too. More people are singing to the songs instead of wearily holding an old hymnal and moving their mouths with nothing coming out.
The Worship team plays the contemporary worship music that gets the congregation out of their seats, on their feet and energizes them for the pastor to give his sermon.
Every Sunday morning our Worship Team plays four songs that we all sing and worship the Lord with before the first prayer and the sermon. After the sermon, the Worship Team plays two last songs to end the service.
Some people clap, some wave their arms in the air, some dance subtly in place, and sometimes, depending on the song and how the Lord is speaking to them, some will yell, ‘Yes! Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!’ (even if the song seems to go on forever…)
You can just feel the Holy Spirit filling the church and preparing their hearts to hear, understand and apply His Word.
Which Do You Prefer?
Traditional, old-school church music or today’s inspiring and energizing contemporary worship music? Leave a comment below!