I was serving at my church recently and it is amazing how easy it can be to get in a rut. So much of what we do each week can start to feel the same and so we enter into each service with a mind set of “I’ve done this before. Let’s repeat what we’ve done in the past.”


There is something really good about saving our energy and not reinventing the wheel every time, but I think we do ourselves, our teams and our congregations a huge disservice by not really living with and knowing the service as if we’ve never done it before. While the songs might be the same, and the order is pretty similar, God might want to be about something new this weekend. How is God moving in your life personally right now? It is probably different from the last time we did this same set list. If you sit with the songs for this weekend, they will probably hit slightly different from the last time we did them. 


God is always doing a new thing. And for us as humans it is easy to get into a rut in the name of simplifying or because we don’t give ourselves the time or space to get out of the rut. Whether you’re a worship leader or the audio engineer, drummer or lighting designer, God wants to do something new in our lives and in the lives of the people we are serving. What if we created space to engage with our services as if they were brand new to us?

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Todd Elliott

Todd is a writer, speaker, technical artist in the local church and founder of FILO.

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