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This has been an interesting thread. Our church is all volunteer and has a huge collection of songs that have been done at least once. We have three worship teams, and I'm on one of them. (As a horn player, not a leader.) We generally do two weeks on, 4 weeks off, and the "on" weeks mean doing two services (which I jokingly refer to as the "practice" service and the "real" service).

The point above about the congregation being unfamiliar with songs is a very good one. I believe that is a common problem at our church. Off the top of my head, I'd guess there are over 500 songs that are "on the list", though each worship leader has a more limited repertoire of 50 songs or so that get used more regularly, but it still means that the congregation only sees most songs once or twice a year.

There are good new songs out there (there's also a lot of junk). There are good old songs out there (there's also a lot of junk). I don't think there's any magic formula for how to balance that, and keep things familiar without becoming stale. If there were such a formula, I'd write a book about it and go on a lecture tour. ;)

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