There’s seems to be one issue that plagues every Worship Leader I talk to. “Why is it so hard to find good upbeat worship songs?” Do you listen to the latest album openers thinking;
- “I’m not in an arena so this song will feel out of place”
- “I don’t have a 15 member team so this song won’t have the same energy”
- “I’m not trying to be Mumford & Sons with that 140BPM Irish Jig”
- “These lyrics aren’t saying anything substantial”
Fast Rock style songs can feel dated, Folk style songs can feel forced and for a lot of us Gospel style songs are simply unaccessible.
In a good way this has made me think very deliberately about the purpose of the first song or two in our worship gathering. Do they have to be fast? What purpose do upbeat songs serve? I’ve concluded that these songs have a very important place in our worship time.
- We should have a desire to CELEBRATE Jesus. Celebrations aren’t marked by slow tempos and minor keys.
- Singing loudly, clapping our hands, and shouting with joy are all Biblical responses to our God.
- It’s good to have fun with the people of God in the Presence of God.
I used to be discouraged by the lyrical simplicity of most upbeat worship songs but I’ve come to enjoy and embrace this simplicity. When people are first making their way into the Sanctuary singing lyrics that call us to worship and to praise God are often best. A good upbeat song begins the process of drawing minds and hearts to the Lord without trying to complete it. A good upbeat song is in a style that your Church enjoys and your team is comfortable playing.
What are some upbeat songs you’re leading?
Any you’re thinking about leading?
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Brenton Collyer is the Worship Pastor & Creative Director at Calvary Monterey in Monterey, CA. For an extended version of this post & many more, visit BentonCollyer.com.