Worship is something that is supposed to usher into the presence of God.  To allow us to open up our hearts and bring us into communion with the God of the universe.  We know this.  Worship has become one of the main essentials in the church today – whether it’s right or wrong.

Have you ever got up to teach a new song while leading worship and forget how the song goes?  I did last night.  I was teaching the song ‘Our God Saves’ by Paul Baloche and I spaced the middle section and chorus of the song.  Thankfully it was for our middle school ministry and the kids were really good about it.  Thankfully we have internet access in the youth room and were able to play it off of YouTube last night.  Still it was embarassing.  It happens though right?  I mean it’s normal right?

I don’t think it is. Below are 3 things you can do to help make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

  • Practice – go over the song time and time again to make sure you hve it down.  You know the old saying, “Practice makes perfect” right?  It is so true and it doesn’t take a lot of extra time.  Practice, practice, practice.  Then walk away from it for a few hours (or a day) and then come back.  If you can remember how the song goes then it’s probably safe to do.
  • Memory – try to get to the point to where you can play OR sing the song from memory.  So many times we get wrapped up in the sheet music and it doesn’t really let us worship God – instead sometimes it limits us I think.
  • Do it – Do it before everyone gets there.  Go in and plug into the system and run through it a few times to make sure you have it nailed down.  Once you have it down walk away from it for a few hours then go in and do it again.

Sure these 3 things may not make it go flawless but it will give you some reassurance that you know the song and can worship to it even as you play it.  The last thing we want to do as worship leaders is lead the congregation in worship if we can’t worship through it on our own.