Psalm Surfing in corporate worship
Why Psalm Surfing is so good
- Practise in private and/or in your core music team.
- Wait on God for direction.
- Manage peoples’ expectations. (A briefing flyer on arrival can allay confusion as well as a simple demonstration and explanation.)
- Choose a scripture passage, and read ahead beforehand. Give the context where necessary, and watch out for less singable verses.
- Assess the people in front of you. Pitch at an appropriate level – if it ‘bombs’ first time you may not get a second chance!
- Choose a key, set the tempo, ’imagine’ the first line.
- Just sing it!
- Remember what you just sang so you can repeat it along with singers in your team to strengthen the congregation’s response.
- If the next line does not seem to suggest a tune, try reading it out loud until the words want to ‘sing’ again.
- Identify a refrain and feel free to return to it several times.
- Maintain clear verbal cues, e.g. ‘listen’, ‘repeat’, ‘sing after me’, ‘sing that again’.
- Make room for musical ‘selahs’ and silences and other artistic expressions.
- Invite appropriate input from the larger group.
- Reinforce an emerging theme.
- Review afterwards, evaluate, remember, learn from mistakes, make an audio recording to listen back to – you could even post audio excerpts on the church website.