There is a Blessing in the Boredom
One of the most common critiques of church worship music that I hear from Worship Team members (especially from those members who’s personal playlist does NOT include church worship songs) is that the songs are “too easy”. They claim that the songs are boring.
One of my own most common critiques of many Worship Team members is that they are “too busy” on their instrument. They feel that the songs need “spiced up”, so the drummer adds triplet fills at the end of every measure, the bass player adds runs to every root note, the acoustic guitarist becomes the main rhythm section, and the electric guitarist and keyboard player play every possible note within the given scale (and several notes that are very much not a part of the scale). Why do they do this? They claim that the songs are boring.
First off, if songs about the omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, eternal God and Creator of everything that we see, feel, touch, hear, smell, taste, and imagine (and more!) are boring to you, then I would suggest that you are missing the point.
Second, if somehow you realize the vast greatness of the One whom you are singing about, and yet you are still bored, I would submit that there is a blessing in the boredom.
As Worship Leaders, or Worship Team members, our priority is not really personal stimulation. Our priority is serving. As Worship Team members, we have the awesome privilege of serving the song, serving the Worship Leader, serving the congregation, and serving God! We are not standing on the stage to fulfill our own desire to be entertained. We have been invited to stand on the stage as an awesome privilege to be a part of leading God’s people into an awareness of the presence and glory of God! (How is that boring?!)
Nevertheless, if the songs are easy to play, good! (Unless we are talking about Classical compositions or Jazz, most genres are actually not too difficult to play once you are used to them.) The fact that the songs are easy to play is actually a blessing. That just means that you can spend more energy on the things that really matter. There truly is a blessing in the boredom!
Go ahead and play the song the way that it was meant to be played, without all of the extra nonsense. Since you to don’t have to think so hard about the extra, often unhelpful notes, why not spend your extra mental energy meditating on the words of the song? Why not sing along, and make the song your own prayer to God? Surely you can do that while playing such easy songs.
Why not memorize the songs and get rid of the unnecessary music stand altogether? Without that beginners-level barrier in the way (the one your eyes are so frequently glued to) you can now focus on intentionally connecting with the congregation? (Remember them?) Make eye contact with them. Smile. Let them know that you are happy to see them.
While you’re at it, why not pick out specific people, names, and faces in the congregation and pray over them as you simply provide songs that they can also sing and pray along with? Your extra notes, fills, and rhythmic intricacies were actually not improving their situation in any way whatsoever.
So go ahead and embrace the blessing in the boredom. Thank God that singing songs about His infinite goodness is not an overly difficult task. In the boredom, focus on what really matters.
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Artwork provided by my good friend, Brooke Gehman, an authentic and wonderful man of God, devoted follower of Christ, and an amazing husband and father. Brooke is a gifted Worship Leader, an incredible artist, and a Potter by trade (check out his website).