Silence in worship leading is not a common thing, but it comes in various forms and can be a real feature if handled correctly.
Or it can be just plain awkward, sounding like you have lost your place, or lost your mind!
Silence in Worship Leading can be Wonderful
Sometimes a silence in worship leading indicates that the band has lost its way, or that they are madly trying to rearrange their music to get the job done. This is an awkward silence. Sometimes it indicated that someone has missed their cue, or has frozen up, unable to play or sing as required. This too is an awkward silence.
On the other hand, sometimes silence in worship gives the congregation a tremendous opportunity to align their hearts with the Spirit of God, to plumb the depths of their soul and to worship in a new and beautiful way. That’s an example of a golden silence (not just a plain yellow awkward one!).
So how do you avoid the awkward yet allow space for the constructive and beautiful version of the silence in worship?
Yes, silence can be your friend, even if all that proceeds and follows it is at maximum volume! And in this pod, we discuss whether silence has to be total, can hear a pin drop silence, or whether silence in worship can have some basic music behind it, holding things together. We sometimes forget that there are many varieties of silence, just as there are many varieties of worship leading styles, so in this episode, we talk about how you can explore the various kinds of silence, and how you can incorporate these into your Sunday service.
Either way, this is an intriguing podcast looking at the silence in worship leading that can be golden, contemplative and beautiful or just plain awkward!