He was listening, thinking, and feeling. This is all we want from a worship leader — to be listening and thinking and feeling!
And he changed the last song to “O for a Closer Walk with God.” This showed sensitivity, flexibility, and experience with repertoire (or maybe the ability to read a hymnal’s topical index, which would have been as resourceful accessing one’s memory — either way, it was a good thing). Worse choices would have included these, in decreasing-value order:
Leading the planned song, which would doubtless have been good, but not quite as effective “in the flow of the moment”
Leading “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” or some such, because of the season and the fact that it was evening, with no spiritual or mental awareness of the moment
Leading some slap-happy, feel-good song for the sake of leaving everyone smiling
It’s not that a leader of worship in song should always show servile deference to the preacher’s sermon, but it is admirable to have wanted to capitalize on a moment created in his, and presumably others’, hearts.
It was an old friend who showed enough spiritual thoughtfulness to change his plan last Sunday evening. Way to go, Larry. But affirmation of the particular leader is not why I’m writing this. I’m writing this because I think it’s important to emphasize that there should be purpose in what we do together in the assembly.
(Ask me about the sense of purpose I felt in the same room on Wed. night, three evenings later. Ask me about the junk-food diet to which I was treated and the charade of leaderly ineptitude. Nah, on second thought, don’t. I don’t want to dwell on that utter waste of time any more, and I’ve said plenty already.)