Last week the question focused more on excellent lyrics. This week we will talk about the other aspect of worship songs, the music; specifically, performing said music with excellence.
Let's go back to the lyrics really quick. I touched on this kind of subject last week but want to develop the topic more. Most churches today, whether they mean to or not, divide the church service into two distinct sections: the music and the sermon. There are many times, unfortunately, where there is a total disconnect between these two. In reality, the music and the sermon ought to join together in mutual encouragement of the Body. The music prepares our hearts for the teaching of Scripture, and then gives us an opportunity to respond to the sermon we just heard. (This may vary depending on what church you attend -- some have music after the sermon and some don't.) For the worship leader, it is important to know where the sermon will head so that they can plan the set accordingly. For the congregation, it is important to understand how the songs connect with the sermon being preached.