Worship leaders/pastors/vocalists – don’t deviate from the melody, unless it’s a “listening only” song. The purpose of a worship song is for the congregation to be able to engage – to join together. If you mess with the melody, you throw them for a loop. This is especially true of hymns or Christmas Carols. The reason we mess with them is often that we are simply bored, and/or want to be artsy. Not needed – those songs have survived for generation after generation because they are good to begin with. Bringing the topic back to regular worship songs – I have found that if a song is coming across as boring or unengaging, is more often about how it is presented than how it is arranged [unless it’s just a bad song]. Keep it fresh by presenting it with passion.

Don’t deviate from the melody.

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