It’s clear in scripture that the purpose of music in the church is to 1) worship God (Psalm 150:3-4) and 2) teach God’s people (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16).
But when the worship pastor uses the flip-open-the-hymnal-and-point method (or the search-and-click method), just randomly picks songs, he is not adequately accomplishing those goals.
Been there. Done that.
Ok, so most worship pastors don’t just flip open a hymnal and point. But we all could give more attention to the impact of a service as a whole.
You have probably been in a service where not much attention was given to the whole. You probably have led one. And in those services, I’m sure the music impacted you. The songs still have impact when not put together as a cohesive whole.