O the GloryMajestyWe Exalt TheeI Love you, LordCommune with me, etc.Now that the congregation has entered the "holy of holies", the demeanour changes; we arenow in the presence of the Almighty, He knows we are there. There should be an atmosphereof "stillness and holy quietness" while we adore Him. [Remember the Holy Spirit willorchestrate all this.]Once we have entered the holy place, we do not go backwards [in other words, you do not goback to songs of thanksgiving and praise] but you commune with the Father. Note carefully, thethree stages: [i] enter the gates with thanksgiving, [ii] enter the courts with praise; and finallyworship, which means to do one of these things: honour, revere, venerate, adore, glorify andpay homage to.
What Praise & Worship is Not
A. Entertainment - It is not to be used to fill a gap, kill time or simply enjoy.B. Sing-a-long - not simply singing for fun. The definition of sing means several things, and
none of them refer to praise or worship; to sing is to:
a. intone; b. vocalize; c. carol; d. chant; c.croon, etc.C. It is not a tool to be used to draw attention to one's self.D. It is not a performance - showmanship has no place in the ministry of music in the churchand especially not praise and worship.E. It is not just for the worship leader or the praise team.Remember, the Praise & Worship team is responsible for leading the congregation only; it is notintended to entertain as in a concert. It is not the time to sing new and unfamiliar songs, whichthe congregation cannot relate to or participate in. Worship Leaders [and the praise team]should be sensitive to the congregation and allow them to participate fully by using the songsand hymns that are known, unless of course, the Holy Spirit says otherwise.Proper melodies of contemporary songs and traditional hymns will ensure that their is no over use of hymns or songs.Finally, the music or psalmist ministry is vital to the well being of the church as an effectiveinstrument to minister to God and His people. Those who are worship leaders and those whoaspire to be, should on a consistent basis study God’s word and where possible attendseminars and/or workshops that deal with the music ministry of the church. Foremost to study isthe actual calling to this ministry. One should be sure that they are called to music ministry inthe church and, more particular that of worship leader.If your church does not yet have the ministry of praise and worship and would like to start, Iencourage you to begin as follows: