As I was leading the service I remember thinking these are great words. In reviewing the service I thought maybe there were too many words.
Words are the most important thing when choosing a song for worship, but too many words never give the people time to reflect on what they are singing. There needs to be balance between great theological truths and simple phrases for response. This balance can take place within one song or by following a thought provoking, truth speaking song with a simple chorus of worship.
With the addition of the new chorus, O the Wonderful Cross, to the great hymn When I Survey, we get a chance to respond. In the new song Come Praise and Glorify that we introduced this week we get the same opportunity.
When planning worship services I need to remember that I have had much more opportunity to understand and practice the 'words,' and my response is singing them again. For the congregation I need to give them time to breath and reflect on the truths we have sung.
Here is our worship set for last Sunday, what do you thing...too many words?