SONGS OF COMMUNITY

Colossians 3:16 seems to carry the implication
that we can communicate to one another in the
Body of Christ, even through songs.

We like to call these "Songs of Community".  
They would include songs of testimony,
encouragement and declarations about God.  
These are
horizontal in nature, in that they are
sung to others.  God is referred to in the t
hird
person singular - that is, "He", "Him", "His".

It is recommended that these songs be used
early on in a worship set, followed by the
vertical expressions of praise and
worship to
God himself.  If a worship leader uses a
horizontal song, then a vertical song, then a
horizontal, it is quite
confusing to the human
psyche.  What usually happens is that people
end up using
body language during horizontal
songs that are appropriate for vertical songs,
such as closing eyes and lifting hands.  Once
they close their eyes for a song, you have lost
them for the rest of the set.  They will maintain
that posture, even if the next song is horizontal.

The most ideal situation for Songs of
Community is to encourage eye contact between
people, in whatever way you can accomplish
this.  People may giggle and feel uncomfortable
at first, but the power of these songs is lost if we
don't emotionally connect with one another.  It
will feel like an uphill climb, but do your best to
empower them to do this.  The next best plan is
to eliminate Songs of Community altogether and
keep to the vertical songs only.                             
      
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This article is written in coordination with the
Stairway Model of song selection and service order.