You need a plan if you are responsible for selecting worship songs, coordinating the order of worship, selecting those who will lead worship, determining the arrangements of the songs, and speaking scripture and spiritual truths to the congregation during worship.
Step back from the worship experience and consider where you are going. What do you want the people to walk away with? What is on the heart of your pastor? Where are the people spiritually? What do they need to hear?
As you plan worship, select one song that is the heart of what needs to be said. Don’t choose it because you have already have memorized it or because the band knows it. Choose a song that will be the foundation of what needs to be said from the heart of those worshiping.
Maybe the one central focus is:
drawing near to him
eyes looking up to him
seeing him as KING, SAVIOR, WORTHY
bowing hearts to him in full surrender
Find the ONE song that truly speaks to the ONE focus.
Then, make sure you and your team really KNOW that song. Memorize it. Know it in the regular tempo. Be able to slow it down for a response time. Be able to take the chorus or a bridge out of the song and sing it separately. Determine the best way to teach the song if it is new.
As you select the rest of the songs for worship, find songs that will share some of the same message. Find songs that will flow easily into another song. Find songs that you and your team are able to lead.
Use scripture and prayer in some of your transitions or even in the middle of a song.
Personal time with the Father and quality time in preparation will make the journey sweet as you lead your people to worship.