I have worshiped in a plethora of styles, traditions, models and manners – from Episcopal to monastic to charis-crazyac. I have had my ears deafened by pipe organs as well as bass guitars, blundered through 18th century Jacobean lyrics and repetitive, mantra-like syrupy sweet praise chorus treacle. Many of you have probably also. One objection I have to today’s dominant style is that the praise band, the amplified instruments or up-front vocalists drown out near all congregational singing. In fact, congregational singing is no longer deemed important as much as the individual’s passive attention to the worship band and an ecstatic experience of God.
My problems with what has happened come not from the sidelines but from over 20 years of leading worship. When & why did church practice limit worship to style? But that’s for another post.
I found this great article on the subject of congregational singing. It’s worth reading.