Things are so different these days. When I was a kid (in the 70's an 80's) the church worship format I was used to was songs grabbed out of the green Maranatha song books, where the musicians were familiar with the tune, and/or were good enough to be able to read the music (notation for the piano player, and that or chords above for the acoustic player). Whoever was playing could find out about the set list 30 minutes before service, do a sound check, and be ready to play/sing. By the way, nobody was thinking they were supposed to play it like the record. Today, there are just a lot more methods available to do basically the same thing in a church service: create an atmosphere of worship leading into a time of teaching, with possibly a closing song. Every MD/WL has their own idea about what that means, and here we are in the TDPRI worship service players forum with a hundred ideas about what it looks like. Maybe we should ask the Mods to make us some separate forums: - Hymns on the pipe organ - Old School Worship Rock - The GCDEm + Capo will travel forum - The Edge Redux - Songs Coldplay would play if they belonged to a church - Play it like the Record - All Indie - No charts allowed, follow-the-leader swap meet I'm sure I missed a few. I miss the old green Maranatha songbook. Few people remember those old tunes these days.