repeat sign Friend and recently retired Worship Pastor, Dr. Wendell Boertje and I were visiting during some down time at a recent conference we both attended.  The casual conversation turned to our shared joy of time spent with grandchildren.  During our gleeful exchange Wendell noted how kids love to repeat things.  We both agreed that a phrase heard often from the grands is “Do it again!”  Whether a game, an activity, a song, or a story, if children love something they want it repeated.  Grandparents are known to frequently oblige.  Whether in the next moment, or on the next visit, grandparents gladly engage in the games of repetition, and even more so when we believe the activity contributes to the well-being of the grandchild.  Whether a game of “Hide ‘n Seek” where I know there will be lots of laughs, screams, and hugs that further our loving relationship, or whether a silly song where we will enjoy making simple music together, or when we prepare for bedtime and the same Bible Story is called for again, where I know foundation for faith is being laid, I am more than happy to “do it again.”

In our worship singing it is important that we recognize the value of repetition.  I am not speaking of repeating a song, or a line of a song during a worship service, ad nauseam.  I am speaking more about re-scheduling the use of a song with sufficient frequency so as to make it a worship aid through which worshipers can enter into singing with head and heart engaged.  I am also referring similarly to the value of singing familiar worship music including time-honored hymns.  I have often been a part of worship services where unfamiliar songs met with mediocre participation at best, yet where a familiar worship song or hymn enlivened the congregation through increased participation.  Of course, that just makes sense, it’s familiar.  Exactly – that’s the point.

For the participating worshiper, intentional familiarity of newer songs can certainly assist those leading the worship singing.  In our day there is a high proliferation of new worship songs, a disposition toward becoming familiar quickly will aid the singing of others.  For choir and worship team singers this attitude is a must.  Of course, singing of new songs and the whole environment can be aided by a worship planner/leader who will pre-post songs and links via the church’s website when possible.

 We live in an impatient culture.  The cry for new is often, in fact, a disguise for novelty.  An erroneous presumption church leaders often make is that we must deliver ministry in a sparkling new wrapper week after week.  It is important that we recognize that the nature of biblical worship is to recall, to remember.  We need not be afraid of the “old, old story.”  It is the story of redemption and grace, the Gospel.  Sing it again!

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