Every song has something in it or something behind it, whether you are talking about a direct influence from scripture, the composer’s testimony, or possibly even your testimony. There is something. And part of your job is to find out what that something is and present it in a way that is relevant and serves God.

Sometime it is a combination of “things.” It may be why you chose this specific song in light of the liturgical season. Let’s take Advent as an example. One of the songs I like to use – you know… when I’m not an unemployed music director cast away in the midst of a pandemic – is “Jesus Christ Is The Way.” Wait… What… Hold up… That’s not a Christmas song! No it is not. Yeah, I know… Advent is typically described for everyone as the Preparation for the Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, which they take to mean Christmas. And yes, it’s true. Advent is also about preparing for the Second Coming. Some people may not know that and may not get it during the message, but you have an opportunity (and a responsibility) to tell them.

I’m not saying that you have to present something every single time, but know that what you do is a bit more than just being an entertainer and performing for the crowd. For the love of God, if that’s all you want to do, get the fuck out of ministry. There are enough wanna-be idols out there masquerading as worship leaders who don’t give a fuck about anyone else but themselves.

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