“Thanks for coming. See you next week.”
“Don’t forget to sign up for X on your way out the door.”
“Come back for more next week”
“Bye, everyone! Be safe.”

The last words we say and sing in worship matter. Yes, the congregation might already be picking up their bags and coats, ready to head for the coffee pot in the lobby. The praise team is on the verge of unplugging and packing it up. The pastor has already walked out the back to shake hands. But how we send God’s people each week is deeply, deeply important. What do your “last words” communicate – about God, about the church, and about the people’s mission in the world in the upcoming week? 

In my years of worship pastoring, I have often wondered about the lack of sending songs in our repertoires. Many default to a Doxology. It’s always good to include a Doxology, but how is this doing the work of scattering us out of our building and into the world? Many include eschatological songs that point us to the City yet to come. But how is this pointing us toward our city and the very real, very meaningful work we have in front of us in the week ahead? Unintentionally, we might be missing important opportunities each week to send our people well with assurance of God’s blessing, and a charge to missional living. 

Worship for Workers, in collaboration with Porter’s Gate, is hosting a song search for a “Sending Songs” album in spring 2024. In the month of February, we’ll be accepting text submissions for your best sending songs. More details to come about submissions and prize money (there will be money!)  Look for updates on our page starting in February. 

We encourage you to watch the following video from Dr. Matthew Kaemingk. He gives helpful instructions on the Biblical and theological foundations for a good sending. In this song search we will be looking for texts that speak to the themes he talks about and help reinforce both the importance and the meaning of being sent forth.

Let’s get to work! More info coming soon.

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Katie Roelofs
Project Director