When we plan a worship set at OneLife Church, believe it or not we think about a lot more than just the songs. We think about the journey we want to take each person on throughout the set. It’s a different approach, but here’s why it is so important to us.
So often as an attendee we enter into a worship experience on Sunday mornings hosted by incredible churches and an incredible worship band. The singers are right on pitch and the guitarists are hitting every note, the music is incredible, the words are right on and the performance part of it is solid. But what we at OneLife think so often lacks in worship experiences is the connection between the worship leader, the words, and the people. The worship leader may do a great job singing, but that doesn’t always lead to a great job of leading.
For example: A little over a year ago some of the OneLife worship team went and saw a worship leader who was in town for a concert. Obviously the music was going to be great and everything was going to be spot on. But what was different about him was that we felt that he led us through a journey. From the time he entered the stage to the time he left before the speaker, he led us through an amazing time of worship. He didn’t just get up there and sing and preform but he LED us in worship. This was crucial because in that moment I worshipped like I have never worshipped before, and I knew something was different. I talked with Pastor Rodney and told him I felt like the whole time I was led through a journey and then it clicked.
From that time over a year ago Pastor Rodney and I have spent time after time discussing each week how we can improve our journey and what our journey should look like from week to week. I take intentional time throughout the week praying and studying the songs and the lyrics of our upcoming worship sets to find verses and one or two liners that can relate the upcoming lyrics with every day life. We believe this is what takes a good singer and turns them in to a good worship leader. And honestly I believe this is what it takes to go from having ok participation to great participation in our worship experiences.
One more thing to wrap this up: this takes preparation through out the week and a constant hunger for scripture and seeking Jesus every day.