Especially if you’re not musically inclined, this can be a rough thing to plan. We’ve all been in worship services where there just seemed to be interruptions to the worship time, and for some people, it can be a real distraction from the reason why they’re there: to offer their sacrifice to God. Here are three ways that you can reduce or even eliminate the disturbances.
Choose songs in the same keys
This is one of the simplest ways to move from one song to the next. By choosing songs in the same key, you up the chances for a smooth transition. For instance, if you plan A New Hallelujah in your service, you can click on the “i” icon in your search results at LifewayWorship.com and see that we offer the song in either E or F. You could follow that with a song like Freedom that comes in Eb and F. In this case, you’d choose to sing both in the key of F for a smooth transition from one to the next.
Choose songs that move the story forward
Say you’re planning a worship set on evangelism. By pairing two songs like Send Me, Oh Lord, Send Me and I’ll Tell the World that I’m a Christian you create a worship experience where the congregation member is singing their testimony through the songs. You can also experiment with a cause-and-result pairing or a “so what” kind of pairing like singing At the Cross with Stand and Shout.
Break, but do it on purpose
There’s no reason you have to have some magical musical transition between songs in a worship set, but when you do stop a song, having something to connect to the next service element can be useful. Be creative – you might always pray in a certain point in your worship service. How about reading a scripture passage that leads into the next song instead? In the info screen for every song at LifewayWorship.com (just click the little “i” button in your search results or your basic worship plan) you can see scripture passages that are either related to the song, or actually contain text that the lyric of the song was based on.
However you choose to get from song to song, don’t stress over it. Allow the Lord to work through the transition so that your congregation will see Him instead of the mechanics of the service.
Pastor’s Worship Questions is a series of blog posts designed to help the small church pastor, non-musician or anyone else who’s been asked to lead worship in their congregation. If you’ve got a question for us, post it in the comments, and we’ll answer it in an upcoming blog post!