The nature of worship has shifted from corporate prayer to platform presentational performance. Worship, instead of being a rehearsal of God’s saving actions in the world and for the world, is exchanged for making people feel comfortable, happy, and affirmed.
-Robert E. Webber, Ancient-Future Worship: Proclaiming and Enacting God’s Narrative
I can relate to this and feel this in my role as a worship leader. At our church, we end up using BOTH elements. For example, this past weekend we sang 5 songs congregationally, but we led the songs with a full band and vocal team. We talk with our teams about this performance tension all the time. We aren’t here to perform. We are here to glorify God and to help others worship. So we sing and we also spend time in prayer, but we also have a dramatic monologue that tells the story of God…it’s a creative tension.
What do you think????