I’ve talked to people in the past about musical worship and their participation in it, and a common statement I hear is, “I’m not musical so I have a hard time engaging in that form of worship”. Maybe they couldn’t carry a tune or had no sense of rhythm, or maybe they just felt self-conscious about lifting their voice around other people. It can be very disheartening if you feel like you’re not able to participate in something, especially when musical worship is a large part of each Sunday’s experience.
I am here to tell you that it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing or clap; it doesn’t matter if you don’t know a song yet or if you don’t think you’re “good enough” to sing publicly. It doesn’t even matter if you’ve lost your voice and can’t make a sound. None of these things have to stop you from engaging in our time of musical worship on Sundays.
Each Sunday, we play a handful of different songs to bring praise and glory to our God, but our worship isn’t invalidated if we don’t sing perfectly, don’t know the song, or just straight up can’t sing at all. Sing with sincerity and joy, on key or not. Listen to the music and the other voices and let us help guide you in a new song. Read and hear the words and reflect on what God is trying to show you through them.
"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150:6) doesn’t mean, "Let everyone who can sing perfectly praise the Lord". If you can breathe, give praise to God.
Patrick Shay, Director of Worship