To help people worship God better by leading them to the throne of God
To prepare people's hearts and get ready to receive God's words (via bible study); It's like the parable where the seed is sowed on good soil and grow many fruits: worship helps people to prepare good soils in their hearts.
You and I were meant for worship! God smiles upon worship to Him
Ensure that there will be worship leader for the week and things are prepared
With God: pray and meditate, listen to what God says, have a holy life style
With speaker/bible study leader: discussion topic, related bible verses, theme
With congregation: consider their background, taste of music, age, previous experience
Song picking and flow
Lyrics influence thoughts and direction during worship.
Choose lyrics that are biblical and correct.Read and examine the lyrics carefully before you choose to lead the whole congregation to sing it. Sometimes hymns have more meaningful lyrics than contemporary music.
Outer court: when people first come in, they might be still thinking about worldly issues. So start from simple songs first (eg. Come Now is the Time to Worship, 讓讚美飛揚) instead of more thought-provoking song (eg. Change my Heart O God)
Inner court: having faith through what God has done. Praise God (eg. about God's attribute)
Holy place: talking to God. Worship God
Music influences feeling / emotion.
Make sure the keys are not too low / high
Tempo: upbeat simple song ---> slow thoughtful song
Flow: welcome --> bible verse --> prayer --> worship --> declaration to God
Starting a song --> repeating --> ending --> the atmosphere at the end of worship
Worship -- fill with Spirit, psalms, hymns, spiritual songs (Eph 5:18-19): We are 祭司般的帶領者, 專注投入的敬拜者, 恩賜合一的調和者, 完全的學習者
Prepare the heart of worship - always pray before worship starts with worship team member or with everyone: we are not merely singing, but we are worshipping God through singing
Familiarize yourself with the lyrics and deeply reflect what they mean and how are they relevant
Practice singing on daily basis: for example I sing the songs I am leading when I am walking on campus or in a shower.
I served because I was asked to, because I am good at it, because I have the desire to serve, because I enjoy worship!
Being a good leader you can feel the Holy Spirit telling you where to go as you lead, which is an awesome experience
You must make sure that the worship leader of the week is ready, and you may/should check with them the night before.
Really this is as much or little that you feel led to make of it. The most important thing is that everyone is really worshiping. Sometimes this will mean that reading bible verses, a short sharing about worship, musical pauses to think prayers between songs will be helpful. Extra resource: the Worship Handbook, by Alison Stewart