how to make congregational singing engaging

Here’s some great advice from Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, who was paying attention at General Assembly to what worked (and didn’t) in the music.

“More Music Thoughts After General Assembly”

There are many excellent observations there, but I want to call out one:

Rock makes people move. Not everyone, of course, but we have a few generations in services now for whom rock is the beat of our bodies. In any case, if you want people to move their bodies, play the music they dance to.

This brings something to mind: the last couple of years, the band has been VERY busy at GA, playing at every service. And there’s always a crowd of people after services voicing thanks and appreciation for our music.

Being joyous about our faith is just all right, don’t you think?

About liberalreligiongetsloud

Contemporary Music and Worship Director (retired), First Unitarian, Albuquerque NM
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1 Response to how to make congregational singing engaging

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Vance. A great thing about going to GA is that I attend services as a congregation member–not with my worship-leader identity totally absent, of course (she’s taking notes!), but with my primary identity being a Unitarian Universalist in search of the “horizontal and vertical.” It’s ironically difficult to do that when I’m leading worship.

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