I like your comments, it raises for me the whole question of preparation for worship. In most churches the time spent in worship, is actually similar to, if not longer than the time given to the teaching. We probably expect our teachers to have spent time in preparation, both in prayer and at their desks. Given the importance we place on worship, is it unreasonable to expect those who lead worship to be giving any less time to their particular calling? Of course, every worship leader wants to reserve the right to flow into spontaneity, but I wonder if it is actually the hard work of preparation and the skills that we learn and practice that actually release a whole new breadth of expressive abilities that can be drawn upon in the times of spontaneity.
John Ryeland, Director, The Christian Healing Mission