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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Excellence, Leading Worship, Planning a Worship Service, Transitions in Worship | 0 comments

Transitions, Part 1

Imagine a conversation between three or four people over dinner. Which of the two examples below is most natural and realistic?

“Man, I can’t believe the Red Sox whipped the Cards in six!”

“Yeah, that was terrible.”

“They lost two at home, so they deserved it.”

“I didn’t even watch a single game. Fall’s crazy around our house.”

“Yeah, mine too – feels like everything ramps up and you can barely get the kids where they’re supposed to be…”

“Soccer, dance class, church activities…crazy.”


“Man, I can’t believe the Red Sox whipped the Cards in six!”

“Fall is crazy around our house.”

“Jake’s soccer team won last Saturday!”

“I wish I’d gone with Direct TV over Comcast.”

Of course, it’s obvious. The first conversation (though I’m not a screenwriter) is one you might expect to hear. The second sounds like it’s four people talking about things that happen in the fall in four separate rooms.

Transitions. They’re what keep the parts feeling like a whole. And when you’re planning and leading a worship service without good transitions, it begins to feel more like a Shoney’s hot bar than a meal at Carabba’s. I don’t know about you, but I prefer Carabba’s. It’s far more glorious. Done with the mixed metaphors.

Over the next couple of posts, I’ll be laying out how to practically think about both musical, lyrical and elemental (no spell-check – guess it’s a word) transitions.

Stay tuned!

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