Hello! Ben Wysong here, I have the privilege of being the Worship Arts Pastor at Cold Springs Church. I coordinate and lead the times of worship we have through music for all of our gatherings at the church.
As a worship leader it is always a goal of mine to never be stagnant, to always be learning, to be creative, and incorporate different elements into our times of worship. I recently read a book by Andrew Wilson titled “Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharasmatic Worship,” and I found it to be very compelling and have taken some ideas and begun applying it within my ministry, and within our time of worship.
Essentially, the book makes the point that honoring ancient traditions is very important, and just as important is applying modern and contemporary elements into our worship context. I wanted to take this idea and start introducing some of these things more frequently. How amazing is it that traditions that have been happening for years and years are things that we can do and become a part of? Communion is a popular one - we celebrate in communion the same way that Jesus and His disciples did, when I stop to think about this it makes me realize how powerful that really is - and we get to be a part of it! I am hoping to incorporate more liturgy into our services, scripture readings, call and response with the congregation, and songs that have been sung throughout the years. At the same time I want to incorporate more modern ideas - new songs that are being written, songs that we write as a worship team, prayer moments in the service, and art being created during our services. The possibilities to worship God are endless and I want that to be reflected in the time we share together. To me, it is important to be creative as we worship the creator of all.