This past Saturday I was at a church reunion dinner for the 25th anniversary of the church I grew up at. They gathered as many people as possible who attended the church in the early 90s (the church was 200 people in 1989 and probably 2000 or more by 2000).
For the event they even got the old band back together and sang a whole bunch of old songs. Around the middle of “Shine Jesus Shine” I realized I wasn’t reading the words off the screen. I knew all the words to the song. I like most people haven’t heard that song in 7 years. I’m pretty sure the last time I heard it was at a ground breaking service for my churches in building in 2004. I remember them playing it then because it struck me as an ancient song I hadn’t heard in years back then…but I knew all the words.
Afterwards several other people told me they were surprised to realize they knew the words to ALL the songs.
Music really is a powerful tool which stirs ours emotions and engages our minds. I might not recall but a handful of sermons from the 90s but I remember dozens of songs.
The lyrics of our songs really are what people will remember from our ministries.