To Use or Shed the Music Stands: Is That the Query?


In the previous couple of years, a quantity of voices have emerged encouraging church musicians to drop their music stands. 

I do not feel everyone is saying it is a matter “of initially importance” to place the music stands away. But individuals have mentioned if you actually want to serve your church, you will not use them.

Factors to Strike the Stands

Right here are some of the most frequent motives individuals give for losing the stands.

  • In a lot of churches, a separation already exists due to a stage. Removing the stands removes the visible barrier.
  • Musicians and vocalists have a tendency to stare at their stands. When you eliminate them, musicians appear up, appear out, and are additional engaged.
  • Singing and playing without the need of stands forces you to memorize music and communicates a greater common of preparation and excellence. It is unprofessional and uncaring to use them.
  • If you are nervous about forgetting lyrics, you can use a self-confidence monitor, i.e., project the lyrics on the back wall.

A Handful of Thoughts

Though I appreciate and even applaud the impulses that lie behind church musicians going without the need of music, it appears unwise to make it the rule or even the most-preferred practice.

We’re functioning with volunteers. Asking musicians to memorize the music each and every week assumes they’re complete-time, particularly committed to that function in the church, or have adequate time for the duration of the week to commit songs to memory. These are not the sort of individuals I typically serve with at my church! Though I appreciate musicians who know their music effectively, I’d rather have them absolutely free from anxiousness when they’re top.

We’re freer to make Sunday morning modifications. Due to the restricted quantity of time our band rehearses, we come up with arrangements on Sunday mornings when we practice. That permits us to make final-minute modifications, adjust arrangements to the musicians that are truly there, and make music rather than simply play it.

We want to sing the correct songs. Memorizing all the songs tends to push us toward using shorter, additional repetitive songs, or songs we’ve been singing for years. It does not have to have that impact but normally does. I shouldn’t establish the songs I lead on Sundays by how quick they are to memorize (feel Psalm 119). God tells us the word of Christ is to dwell in us richly as we sing (Col. three:16), and that implies at occasions I’ll lead songs that go beyond preferred fare.

We want to recognize the genuine causes. Singing with stands does not communicate a lack of care, really like, or engagement any additional than a pastor working with notes for his message does. It becomes a damaging element only when he reads mechanically, hardly ever searching up at the congregation. But I’d rather have him be positive of what he’s going to say than attempt to commit his message to memory and stumble along the way. And I’ve been ministered to in profound methods by each singers and preachers who have notes in front of them.

We sing in neighborhood. Finally, it is participation, not overall performance, that must characterize our meetings. We’re singing with the congregation, not to or at them. Rather than becoming a barrier in between us and the congregation, music stands can truly be a unifying element. They communicate we’re not musical pros, that we can neglect lyrics, and that we as well can get distracted. Our congregations appear at a screen (or a hymnal), but we’d in no way say they’re insincere or “unprepared” to worship God. Needy, imperfect, and dependent, we appear to Jesus to great all our offerings of worship (1 Pet. two:five). (HT to Allen Dicharry for this final insight)

Some Questions We Can Ask

If this is an concern at your church, these concerns may assist you attain some conclusions, regardless of whether that is to go with stands or without the need of them.

Are we permitting the use of music stands to be additional of a concentrate than the God we’re worshiping and the individuals we’re singing with?
If so, get your head out of the stands. Go more than the music in advance and use it just as a reference. Create the talent of searching at the line you are about to sing, then searching up and singing it with the congregation. Attempt flattening out and lowering the stand, or moving it to the side, to decrease the physical barrier. Employing music stands only separates you from the congregation when they’re a visual obstacle or you are overly dependent on them.

Are we seeking to serve our congregation effectively?
Maximize what ever restricted time you have to prepare. Through rehearsals, sing and play as although there was a congregation in front of you. Sing to the empty seats. In a couple of days or in a couple of minutes, they’ll be filled with God’s individuals. If you do pick to go without the need of stands and can afford it, look at adding a “confidence monitor,” lyrics projected either on the back wall or a tv monitor. Apart from assisting the vocalists with the lyrics, a monitor also assists the leader know when the projectionist is placing the lyrics up.

What’s figuring out the sorts of songs we feed our church?
Take stock of what variables figure in to your song options. We can look at ease of memorization, repetition, and simplicity, but they shouldn’t rule what we sing. God is as well terrific and great, and our responses as well deep and varied, to limit our songs of praise to what we’re capable to memorize.

Which is additional crucial to us: visibly engaging with a congregation or top them to a deeper understanding of God in Jesus Christ?
These two ends are not necessarily opposed. When we lead a congregation to lift up their hearts and voices to praise God, it must be an emotionally engaging occasion. But feelings are not our concentrate – God’s glory in the face of Christ is (two Cor. four:six). God desires the genuine events of the gospel to move individuals, not the truth that they do not have to appear at us more than music stands.

Like most secondary matters in congregational worship, working with or not working with music stands is not an either/or concern. We just want to make positive we’re asking the correct concerns.


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