However, evaluating songs according to these “phases” creates a framework that we can also work within and help define songs for worship. Essentially, if a song cannot fit into one of these categories, it doesn’t belong in worship.
Worship is adoration, physical or emotional acknowledgment of who God is and what he has done for us: it is our reply. Worship is directional. Corporate worship is a narrower, more focused take on that definition. When we gather, we do so to receive and to adore. We gather to receive the Word and the sacraments of forgiveness and grace, and praise Him together, as His body, corporately as one.