Singing is something almost everyone likes, whether they’re any good or not. Churches use music and lyrics (coincidentally also the name of a great movie) to encourage people to connect on an emotional level. It brings people together, when they sing, and it is a way for us to worship our god.
But many of us run into a problem every once in a while. After a line or two, we realize…
“I can not sing this song.”
Either you can’t hit some notes or you don’t know the words. Either way, you’ve only got two options.
1. Sing Anyways
Obviously if you don’t know the words, you have to take option 2. However, this is the preferred course of action, from a worship leaders perspective. There’s something awesome about hearing a large group of people singing out of key. Trust me, no matter how bad you think it sounds. It has always sounded awesome from where I’m standing, and it sounds awesome from where God is standing.
2. Don’t Sing
If you really don’t feel comfortable singing, then don’t. Nobody can force you, and nobody will try. But, You can still do something, though you’re not singing. The songs a church sings reflect something spiritual, something life changing, something awesome. Take it in. In fact, I would urge you to rest your voice for a song next time you’re in church. Think about what the artist was going through when the lyrics were crafted. What parts of scripture did the inspiration and the message come from? What is the song supposed to be saying all together?
Usually a song will have distinct parts; verses, chorus, and some parts for transition or elaborating on some aspect. These all tie together and usually each have their own little statement that work together to give you a picture of what the artist sees in their life or the world around them.
Take something from the time and effort put in to crafting that music,
even if you can’t sing along.
- Do We Mean What We Sing? (sheldonumc.wordpress.com)
- singing my little heart away to my beloved (peterprokopenko.wordpress.com)