Too Many New Songs Discourage Congregational Singing

Why do we have a short list of songs we sing from at Genesis Community Church? This is a great question. Just like everything else we do here at Genesis, there is a reason why.

When we sing in corporate worship on Sundays, we want it to be just that, corporate! We don’t want our worship time to be a performance by the band. Our time of singing is not a place for someone to show off their sweet skills.

Our corporate worship time is a time where we can all come together and sing praises to our God together. We highly value the involvement of the congregation during this time. There is nothing that gets my blood pumping more than hearing the children of God singing loudly together in worship!

One of the fastest ways to kill congregational involvement is by adding too many new songs too quickly. Look at what Aaron Ivey from The Austin Stone Church says,

“there’s nothing worse than showing up to a place week after week where you recognize one song in the set. You can’t engage in that when you’re unfamiliar with 90% of the content.”

I agree with him completely on this. It is very hard to sing along and be involved when you don’t know the songs. This is why we only have a select list of songs we sing in any season.

I want you to know the songs we sing. I want you to be able to close your eyes, or bow on your face, or clap and dance without having to constantly watch the screen for the next lyric.

I want you to be free from the distraction of learning a new melody and lyrics when you are worshipping God on Sunday mornings.

With all of that said, we are still commanded to “sing a new song” to the Lord. Our process for doing this is simple yet thoughtful. I only add a new song about every 2-3 months.

Once the song has passed the approval process and is added, we will do it 2-3 weeks in a row so that everyone can learn it. We have found this to be the best way to introduce new music to the church without it being overwhelming.

From experience, I have seen that people catch on quickly and before you know it they are singing and enjoying the new songs.

Church, I encourage you to sing loudly and joyfully to the music God has given us to sing. Music is an amazing gift from God so let's enjoy it and use it as a tool to worship and teach the gospel!

What are we singing?

Last week:

  • Come Thou Fount (Robert Robinson)
  • Cornerstone (Hillsong)
  • All I Have is Christ (Sovereign Grace Music)
  • I Exalt Thee (Hymn)

This Week:

  • Here For You(Matt Redman)
  • The Lord Our God (Kristian Stanfill)
  • Jesus Paid it All (Kristian Stanfill version)
  • Man of Sorrows (Hillsong)

I can't wait to worship with you again this Sunday, family! I love you all and will be praying for you.