Many Lutheran congregations are small in number and struggle in the area of worship music.
Rich Muchow of Encouraging music in Leadng worship in small group setting offers some good advice that may help. Although the article is focussed on worship on small groups, some of what he says is very relevant to small congregational settings.
Here is some of what he says:
"Sing fewer songs using less time than in a larger worship service. My experience in a small group is that I can sing a song for them to listen to and ask them to join in when they know it. Everyone singing is not the goal (it’s nice). The goal is that the group connects with God and each other."
"Pick songs that are easy to sing. Using only the choruses of well known songs encourages participation. Choose songs that have very singable words, a simple melody and limited musical range, let’s say a one octave range. Songs like “Here I Am to Worship,” “Lord I Lift Your Name on High,” “More Love More Power,” many of the Passion songs, and most of the CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing Incorporated) Top 100 songs are easy to sing. "
Now think about your congregation..
What are the easy to sing hymns/songs (have you made a list!!)?
To read the complete article visit http://www.encouragingmusic.com/2008-1article.asp
Do you have any other suggestions for small congregation worship