Nathanael Schulte on choosing songs:
Picking a worship set is one of those things I love and hate as a leader.
Sometimes I have a song in mind I’ve been waiting to do, sometimes nothing sounds right, but it’s often somewhere in between. Usually it starts with having a good song filter, and that comes down to these questions:
What do I want the set to feel like as a whole? Does it seem like an upbeat week? A quiet, reflective week? A week to pour out my heart, good, bad and ugly? Does the song I’m looking at fit that feel?
Is there continuity between this song and the rest of this set with regard to flow of the service or meeting? Can it be played in a key that fits and makes for smooth transitions?