New Worship Movements

Singing is a part of church services. It has been for centuries. I love it! I love it, however I feel we have settled on our worship expressions.

In a lot of contemporary worship services the same worship movements are used week in and week out. There are no official classes for these movements, but regular attendees quickly pick up on them.

There are many who have adopted the “I dare you to make me move, worship pose.”

But there are also a lot of people who have mastered the arm movements necessary to usher in the Spirit of God in the contemporary church.

So much so it has become material for Christian comedians everywhere.

Have you seen these at your local church?

Or if you are more advance you may have tried to worship while holding your coffee.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with them, but I think it’s time for some additional movements. Passion cannot be contained by a few simple hand movements. I personally love the Rocky!

ESPN and mainly college sports have introduced some new, raw, passionate movements. They are real. They are spontaneous. The church should be on the frontline of introducing passionate expressions. So I propose some new movements to worship.

The Surrender Cobra

This response became an instant Internet meme and it’s a crying shame it wasn’t discovered in the church first.

For crying out loud we have been singing “All To Jesus I Surrender” since 1855.

I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

How can we sing that not offer the Surrender Cobra Worship Movement?

The Shirtless Worship Rally Cry

Sometimes a moment happens in worship and there are just no words. For that moment we need the Shirtless Worship Rally Cry.

Chris Tomlin made a song about raising a white flag famous. Actual flag waving in churches is so Assemblies of God circa 1990’s. We can’t go back to that. We have to move forward. So the next time “White Flag” is led in church we will be ready. White shirts off and waving in a frenzy because nothing can stop this Jesus movement.

And when the usher comes by to tell you to put your shirt on you just quote King David and declare, “I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.”

The Worship Dinosaur 

Contemporary worshipers have the simple hand movements down. This is a next level worship move. It involves the entire body. This should move takes practice and dedication. Whenever the worship leader pulls out a hymn let’s be ready by showing the Worship Dinosaur. The dinosaur may be extinct but this old hymn is not!!!

The Worship Air Guitar

How is this not a thing? When the band is revving up “Fierce” the Worship Air Guitar needs to come out.

The Contemplative

Has your worship band played “It Is Well” by Bethel? This is the worship movement for that song.

The White Boy Swag

Sometimes that opening song just has you so hype!!! Hillsong Young & Free has brought club music to the church service. Everyone else around you may still be asleep, but this movement shows you are not going to let the moment pass you. You actually got to church early. You actually are hearing the first song of the service. That gets you hype! Let’s dance…together…like white boys.

The I Can’t Fall On My Knees Because There Is A Chair In Front Of Me

One of my favorite worship songs is Avalanche by Hillsong United.

“And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compares to this love love love
Burning in my heart”

Such powerful lyrics. And yet when they are sung no one gets on their knees. It feels kind of dishonest to sing about being on your knees when you are clearly standing. The I Can’t Fall On My Knees Because There Is A Chair In Front Of Me shows you are taking the lyrics seriously, but can’t get on your knees because you didn’t sit in the front row and there is a chair in front of you.


If you are reading this post as anything but a joke please don’t leave a comment. This is meant to be funny.

The truth of the matter is God doesn’t want our rote worship movements. He wants our heart. When God has our heart we worship Him authentically.

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” Isaiah 29:13

Whether you raise a hand, close your eyes, or pull out the Worship Dinosaur the question to ask is “Does God have my heart?”

You can easily learn worship movements. That’s not what God wants.

God wants your heart.

What’s your go to worship movement in church? 

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Rob Shepherd

I am the full-time husband of a wonderful woman! I love being married! We are proud parents to twins, Hayden and Reese. In my spare time I am the pastor of Next Level Church. I have a relationship with God and it is an adventure. Oh and I wrote a book. It's called Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You.

8 Comments

  1. Lauren Cory
    September 20, 2016

    What is that Hoo doing in that last photo? Sleeping or drunk? That’s hilarious.

    My worship poses….usually a 1 hand raise “School Room”….if I’m really feeling it, I’ll do a “Touchdown”. For a slower song, I sometimes do the “Hold My Baby” pose, oh and sometimes the “Heartburn”! Bwahahaha. My body is usually always moving with the rhythm of the song.

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    • September 20, 2016

      Lauren, I think they are so sad about the game that they just gave up. I think.

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  2. Michele
    September 20, 2016

    My very favorite is what I will name the Tears Rolling. In this pose, my hands are doing any number of things listed in your post. But the killer part is that I am actually crying. I am so moved by the melody and the lyrics that pure joy is expressed through tears.

    Ok, that was my serious answer. Now I will tell you that your post was beyond funny. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • September 21, 2016

      Thanks Michele! I’ve had the Tears Rolling pose many a times.

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  3. Linda McKelvey
    September 20, 2016

    You crack me up.

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  4. Mary W
    September 20, 2016

    This is so awesomely hilarious!

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    • September 21, 2016

      Thanks Mary! I’m glad others are finding the humor in it. I love making people laugh.

      Reply

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