FAITH NEWS SERVICE – As a whole, most of us do not like change and that also includes the church. But because of Covid-19, churches have had to change to adapt to this pandemic. No longer being able to meet in person has changed how they provide church services. But this negative has been turned into a positive because now through technology (Youtube, streaming, podcasts etc), the church is now able to spread the message of Jesus Christ through technology to those outside of their congregation.
Now that we have realized that the use of modern technology can be used to provide church services, we need to consider how technology can also enhance our worship services.
There is no denying that our culture today is dominated by images in our everyday life. And like the old saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Because images are part of our everyday life and they can convey a message better than words, we need to explore more possible ways to affect a person’s understanding of the gospel and God’s love through how we worship.
One of the ways to present a more effective worship service, is to consider using more visualization. By using the visual arts alongside our worship songs, we are able to connect the message of the song more effectively. The use of the visual arts with a worship song is often referred to as “Visual Worship”
I saw this explanation of visual worship on the internet and I think it sums it up beautifully “Visual worship is not about what your eyes see, it is about how our mind and heart and spirit connect with and respond to God through those things our eyes see.”
Worshiplibrary.com had this to say about visual worship “Christian worship is an inherently visual event. Both the setting and the actions of worship need to be seen as well as heard. Contemporary North American culture is becoming image dominated. Television, film, photography, advertising, and computerized graphics are shifting the balance of communicative power between word and image. The visual arts in worship can not be avoided or ignored in the present age. They are an important means of communication with God for artist and participant, drawing worshipers into the story of faith in effective and spiritual ways.”
Because of the changing times and the fact that some people are unable to understand or connect to a worship song, I believe our churches need to consider using visual worship as a way to spread the message of the gospel.
I created a website called www.visual-worship.com that uses carefully crafted images and videos along with worship songs. By creating these worship music videos, I am giving churches a way to apply visual worship to their worship service.
If you think your church could benefit from the use of visual worship, please visit www.visual-worship.com.
About the writer: Terrie Carothers is a 62 year old Christian woman who loves the Lord. She lives outside of Huntsville, AL in a small rural community. She is the owner of a small real estate appraisal company and has been doing real estate appraising for over 25 years.
In August 2020, she created a web site called www.visual-worship.com. She also has a Christian Facebook fan page that has over 10,000 followers. Her Facebook page is www.facebook.com/theveilislifted and was created January 2020.