When was the last time you had a conversation with your worship planning group about the theology of worship? Each Christian denomination is built around cohesive ideas about the nature and name of God. There are significant differences in rituals, worship language, and the shape of worship from church to church. There are also the… Continue reading Talk About It
I know some of you are here: you lead a small membership church, with a long history, a traditional outlook and an aging population of members. You are doing great ministry and reaching out into your communities. You see visitors regularly and have a really fantastic community to share with them. Unfortunately, your music program is… Continue reading Six Things You Can Change Right Now to Improve Your Worship Music.
The last few weeks in worship, we have sung People, Look East. This is a hymn that I have sung for years, but this was the first time I understood what the phrase "crowning of the year" means. I have always had a picture of a sparkly tiara in the dark hair of Ms. New Year… Continue reading Planting Seeds
These past few weeks, there was another murder spree. In fact, there was more than one. Another random selection of young people took up weapons and decided to destroy the lives of other people. Next Sunday, many Christian churches celebrate the third Sunday of Advent which liturgically includes lighting the "Joy" candle in an Advent wreath. That… Continue reading From Joy to Sorrow