When is Leading Worship an Emergency?

Josh Pauley —  September 18, 2013

When is Leading Worship an Emergency?

We’ve all had weeks that have treated us less than great. Okay, who am I kidding, we’ve all had weeks that have treated us pretty poorly. Maybe it’s a week where your spouse is out-of-town, leaving you to juggle 3 kids alone, all while working a full-time job and attempting to put together a worship set for next Sunday’s 4 services.Or maybe you’ve been out-of-town visiting the in-laws all week, and you’re completely drained.

The list of less-than-ideal situations we find ourselves in goes on and on. Life happens and we still have other responsibilities that we do our best to be faithful to, but it doesn’t mean that we always get it right or even have the capacity to give 100% of ourselves to those roles all the time. No matter how bad we may want to.

A few months ago, we started a series on Facebook that we post every Saturday, titled Emergency Setlist. This post always lists a few songs that you may want to consider for your worship services. The purpose was to be a resource for those people who have had a long week and are doing all they can to just get songs together for Sunday morning. Or maybe you use it to get song ideas as you plan a few weeks ahead. However you use it is up to you! We just want to serve you and help you do your job.

If you need to use the Emergency Setlist one week to get songs together for Sunday morning then go right ahead! We get it, life happens and you don’t always have time to think through the song choices in advance like you want to. If you don’t need the song suggestions that’s fine too! Just please have grace on those that do need it from time to time. You never know what they may be dealing with in their life or maybe they are a new worship leader, still learning how to choose songs and plan in a way that is right for their church (which is different for everyone I’m sure).

So, when is leading worship an emergency? I don’t know. But I hope when it is that we can be there to serve you.


Josh Pauley

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Josh joined the team at the beginning of 2013 and now manages all things digital for Worship Together, which includes running the website, overseeing all online content, and handling visual design. Prior to Worship Together he worked for a record label that includes artists such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, and Kristian Stanfill. Josh leads worship in Nashville, enjoys trying out specialty coffee brewing methods, and heads outdoors on the weekends to hike, mountain bike, or camp with his wife Kaylee and their dog, Tucker.

2 responses to When is Leading Worship an Emergency?

  1. Hey do you have a link? Can’t find it on Facebook search. Thanks