OK, I’m a worship music geek. I’m not a trend setter, nor a dedicated fashionista, but I do have certain standards.
Primary of these must be that God is central to the worship. It’s no good worshipping the musicians, or worse the worship leader. Second, the music should stand or fall on its own merits.
With this in mind, I want to suggest a new little exercise. Try out a new instrument in church. It need not be a large leap.
If you always have an organ playing, move something to piano or guitar. If it’s piano or guitar based, try adding melody instruments. Say you have a full worship band with percussionists and brass section, what’s to stop you introducing a mandolin or piccolo to spice up the texture? One of my favourite bands is a group who regularly play banjo or mandolin as a primary instrument within their setup. You shouldn’t be a slave to the conventions of the instrument if that will stop it blending in. I play trad. organ in church with a band, because it can blend if you try.
So, give it a go and see what happens.
Better still, let me know by commenting on this blog.