Below is an online article that caught my eye a couple of weeks ago. Since then it has received numerus comments and thoughts on congregational singing.
We go through spells on what is good congregational singing and what encourages our particular congregations to sing in worship. If you are like me, you are always striving to strike a balance between familiar, new, Biblical, thematic, liturgical, and pastoral when we plan worship for our congregation.
Looking at the article there seems to be a trend that men don't sing because they are unfamiliar with new songs, and women half-heartedly mumble the words. What does that say for worship planners? And how does that bring glory to God? What is your approach to new songs? And are we glorifying ourselves and not allowing God to be glorified through the congregation?
The article seems to point at a contemporary worship style, but let's not kid ourselves, some hymns aren't exactly "user friendly" either. So it goes both ways, a "new song" doesn't necessarly mean contemporary.
I invite you to read the short article and give your thoughts and feedback.