Our worship team normally starts out with several upbeat praise songs and then ends with slowing things down into worship with slower songs.


Next week we will open worship with our Worship Dance Team using the song "How Great is Our God" which in this version of the song, it ends slowly.  We will then have the congragation stand to join in on this song. 


My question, since we are starting out our worship time with a slower song, do we build our set to end with faster songs or should we stay with a slower laid back music set?


I have been trying to run this in my mind different ways but can't seem to decide.


Any ideas, please.

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I don't know if this helps, but one of the things I try to do when I'm putting a bunch of songs together (like for a CD) is to do "rising keys" - if the first song is in C, the next might be in D or E, then one in G, then A, back to C, etc.

So maybe in this situation, you could use this "rising keys" trick to ease from a slow song back up to speed over two or three songs, and then do your usual fast songs and then slow songs order, just slightly shortened so that you wind up with the usual length worship set.

Either that, or just finish the slow song, wait for the applause to die down and then jump right into your first fast song. I'm a believer in doing some fast songs to "capture the audience" where they are, pull them into the music, and then slowing it down to put them in the mood for worship / sermon / whatever comes next. And it sounds like that's been working for you, so I'd just suggest finding a way to get into that sort of order.

You might also consider, instead of having the congregation sing along on HGIOG right after the dance, to jump immediately to a fast song and then END the slow songs with a reprise of HGIOG. That way you don't start out with the congregation singing something slowly...
The problem with formulas (slow to fast; fast to slow) is that people can sometimes begin to tune out. Changing things up can be very helpful in keeping worship times fresh.

The only rule I try to follow is to make sure there is a transition point (or two) to work from. I have ended worship sets with upbeat songs if I know it's going to suit the sermon (or whatever is following immediately). But if you're going into communion, for example, then you'd probably want a slower, more meditative song.

Why not try this: Do your dance song, and while people are still standing at the end, lead them in prayer (have someone, or yourself, ready to do this right away). Then as soon as the prayer is over, have the band immediately launch into a rocking song and do a couple upbeat pieces.

After that you could transition back into slower songs again, if that's what you need or want to do. You could even have the people sit down for the slower songs, just to change things up.

Hope that helps!
I agree with Rick. You can go anywhere you want to go as long as the transitions are right. If you wanted to do a fast song next, you could also start it by singing the chorus or a bridge slowly and then kicking into the intro. This transition builds anticipation for the fast song. I've even ended the set with a fast song after a series of slow ones. It's all in the transition and, for me, the thematic fit of the songs.

Right on, Al. It's easy to forget the thematic fit of a song, and easy just to plug it in because of tempo or something else. Even though I do use tempo and style to help in choosing songs, I think it's even more important to use a song because "this is the song we need to hear/sing today; this is the message that needs to go deep into our hearts."


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