What if you could find five people in your congregation, perhaps each representing a different decade (one child, one teen, one thirty-something, one fifty-something, one-eighty something)to tell you what single Psalm verse best expresses the praise and thanks that they personally long to offer God. The results are likely to be inspiring. Someone might choose a verse from Psalm 150, another a verse from Psalm 30, another a verse from Psalm 63.
Then suppose that between songs of praise you ask each of the five to read (or recite!) their choice. With relative ease, you will have enriched worship with intergenerational involvement and a range of scripture texts. You will likely have blessed these five people with the opportunity to think about that question.
In following weeks, you could do the same thing for Psalms verses related to intercessory prayer, the offering, even the Lord’s Supper. If you something like this once a month, you’d involve 60 people in your church over the course of a year. The process can stay very, very simple, but also be very meaningful. It’s a good example of how thoughtful worship planning need not require a lot of money or the kind of musical talent that most of us don’t have.