If you are a part of North Side or follow my Sunday’s set list on my blog, you might have noticed I have reintroduced some hymns lately. While we have always sung hymns over the years, we mainly have used arrangements that others have used, but lately we have been adding some original twists on some classics.
Why might you ask?
Because I believe that Chris Tomlin and Charles Wesley are both my brothers in Christ and both have been blessed to write songs for the Church. Too many people get stuck in a particular style of worship music that they can’t appreciate how God has gifted the entire Body of Christ over its entire life.
I think there is something special about when we sing “Worship You” at North Side. I wrote that song for our church to make sure we always understand worship as a lifestyle.
I think there is something unique when Chris Tomlin writes “All to Us” for Passion City Church and it speaks perfectly to the end of North Side’s Sunday’s service.
I think it’s amazing that God can use “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” written by Charles Wesley hundreds of years ago to speak to my heart so powerfully in my own personal worship time last week.
I truly believe that younger generations could benefit by worshiping to some older songs. I believe that older generations could benefit by worshiping to some newer songs. When the Body of Christ loves diversity, it is amazing what can happen!
I struggle selecting songs because I wonder what people are thinking. Do the young people think we lose edge when we lead more hymns? Does a certain crowd “worship better” when those hymns are played? Are visitors to our church making a judgment call on our church by our set list? Do people even understand some of the language (“bring forth the royal diadem”)?
During our Overcome writing process, I felt the Holy Spirit’s leading concerning a next project (hint, hint) for our church, but I do know that I don’t want to ever disqualify a song based upon its age. I don’t want to neglect a hymn because it is old, and I don’t want to overlook a worship song because it is new.
I want to help use all of God’s children to help teach God’s truth through music, because that is our calling.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. -Colossians 3:16