“Why is the music so loud?” “This isn’t a rock concert! It’s a church service!”
As the Worship Leader, I get a lot of feedback. Two of the common questions are:
- Why is the music so loud?
- Why is it so dark during the praise and worship time?
How many times have you found yourself driving along and one of your fravorite songs comes on the radio? I don’t mean just a favorite song, but one with a good driving beat. You find yourself tapping the steering wheel (or in my case, playing some serious air drums!). Your head is moving in beat with the music. You’re singing at the top of your lungs. Maybe you’re doing some serious seat dancing, all the while waiting for the light to turn green.
Suddenly, you turn and hits you. The person in the car next to you has been watching you trying to determine if they should call 911 to help you out of a seizure. The may be laughing out loud at you. Maybe even pointing!
What do you do? You stop! You stop dancing! You stop tapping! You stop singing! You stare straight ahead! Embarrassed! Caught!
Many of us struggle with self-confidence issues. We don’t sing as well as Joe. We don’t want anyone to know that our toes are tapping, our hands are clapping, or we want to do a little seat dancing. Why? Shouldn’t our focus be on worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? Shouldn’t we be seeking to please Him? Still it is difficult to step out of our eternal coolness – our need to be accepted.
We turn up the music volume at EXP to allow you to sing at the top of your lungs, if you want, without worrying about those around you. We turn the lights down so that you can focus less on the people at the end of your row and more on worshiping Jesus Christ. We want to do everything we can to facilitate an atmosphere where you are free to worship your Lord and Savior as you see fit. You may want to lift your hands. You may want to clap. You may want to dance in your seat. You may want to look to the heavens and envision God on his throne. Whatever it is you want to do, within reason, you should feel free to do. It is all about Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain for our sins.