School of Music


Master of Arts in Music and Worship (MA)


Mark Greenawalt


Worship, Emotion, Emotional Response, Music-evoked Emotion, Intimacy, Intimacy with God


Liturgy and Worship | Music


In the time of King David, a worshipper did not have the indwelling Holy Spirit to enhance worship as worshippers have today. At present, the modern church age worship leader utilizes mostly contemporary Christian music to help lead a congregation into the presence of God. However, the Psalms, hymns, and classical sacred songs may also be used in the exploration of enhancing a worship experience. This study explores the concept of music evoking an emotional response that may allow a worshipper to surrender to an intimate relationship with God. With studies in emotion related to music, Scriptural references, professional writings on worship, and counsel from current worship pastors, the research provides a foundation in the study of intimacy with God through surrender. In music and worship, the topic of surrender and intimacy may be difficult to cultivate. Understanding how to nurture this intimacy while eliciting an emotional response through music will be a valuable resource for a worship leader in their journey of leadership.