Why Do We Sing In Church?

TO START

Do a little karaoke! Here are a few lyric videos to sing along with on a computer or smart TV:

Greatest Showman songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr3X0DCXI-M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uztIUUh5-WE

Disney songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fkusy4ylhiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8UFnc85-xM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPAbx5kgCJo

Beatles songs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHgf_Ocej0I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMHlVdO9tXs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlwnCMSZteI

It’s definitely fun to sing with friends. Or terrifying. Which is it for you?

What’s different about singing karaoke and singing together in worship on a Sunday? What’s the same?

 

TO DISCUSS

This Sunday Zach Carstens joined us as guest preacher, leading us in a powerful meditation on worship and singing.

Consider together this quote from the start of Zach’s message:

“Here's something that's weird but true: in the day-to day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god or spiritual-type thing to worship—be it JC or Allah, be it YHWH or the Wiccan Mother Goddess, or the Four Noble Truths, or some inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It's the truth. Worship your body and beauty and sexual allure and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before they finally grieve you. On one level, we all know this stuff already. It's been codified as myths, proverbs, clichés, epigrams, parables; the skeleton of every great story. The whole trick is keeping the truth up front in daily consciousness.”

  • Do you think this is true? Does everyone worship something?
  • What things have you inadvertently or actively worshipped? What was the result? Did they eat you alive?
  • Did any of the following questions help you see something you hadn’t noticed in your heart? “What preoccupies you? Frightens you? Drives you? What do you cling to and pursue? Do you ever feel totally satisfied and fulfilled?”

What’s the difference between our worship and the world’s worship?

Zach said, “When we worship God, we start to look more and more like him.”

Have you experienced this to be true? Why do you think it works that way?

Name a few times when God’s people sang together in the Bible. Now share a time when you were powerfully affected by worship through singing. Maybe a particular Sunday worship, maybe at an event or conference. Maybe with family or friends. Tell the group about it.

Make a list of reasons why singing in worship is a gift to us. What does it inspire in us? What does it teach us?

How does singing work to connect us? Why do you think singing together is an intimate thing? Have you felt closer to people after singing with them?

How does our worship affect the way outsiders see God?
 

TO READ

Re-read Psalm 115:1-5.

Read it aloud. Consider reading verses 1-3 in unison.

What’s powerful about this Psalm?

What’s different about our God and the false gods people stumble into worshiping?

 

TO PRAY

This week, sing your prayers. Consider singing together a song that functions as a prayer. Perhaps

  • The Lord is My Shepherd
  • Good, Good Father
  • Build Your Kingdom Here