Choosing a worship setlist

These are a few questions I ask myself when putting together a song list for Sunday morning.

  1. Trinitarian (is it about the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit?)
  2. Congregational (can it be sung by many people, or only an individual?)
  3. Truthful (does it say right things about God?)
  4. Affectionate (Can people express themselves through the song? FYI, this may include my grief)
  5. Catchy (see #2)
  6. Narrative (does the entire setlist tell a story?)
  7. Unifying (does it work with the sermon?)
  8. Prophetic (is it for our local gathering?)
  9. Dynamic (is it boring, tedious, or mundane? In other words, will it MELT YOUR FACE OFF!)
  10. Rich (is the content befitting a King?)

(The ones in italics are variable)

Any thoughts on song choice for worship gatherings? I hear from worship leaders on this, but rarely from the congregation themselves (or preachers, for that matter).

About Lazo

Lazo is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality SB. He is committed to spreading the worth of Jesus in Santa Barbara, through the expository preaching of God's Word. You might like these blog posts, 5 Wrong Ways To Comfort Hurting People or An Orthodoxy That Breathes

Posted on June 29, 2011, in worship and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Love it!
    I think this is all great! I will share it with the guys here!
    Thanks for sharing!


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