Journeys in Worship: Seasons of Faith, Pt. 2

The Bishop's Corner

Last week we looked at the first part of the Church calendar.  This week I’d like to finish that thought and consider potential “next steps.”

As mentioned last week, Robert Webber divides the Church calendar into two sections: the “cycle of light” and the “cycle of life.” (See Robert Webber, Ancient-Future Time)  The cycle of light contains the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany – all of which have some aspect of revelation, or “light shining in the darkness,” (John 1:5) aspect to them.  The cycle of life is the result of the cycle of light; you could say it is the manifestation of the revelation.  Webber notes,Read More »

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Worship Leading and Politics

With the Iowa Caucus coming up tomorrow, the Presidential Election season will effectively go from the pre-season, if you will, to the regular season. I thought I would write an extra post this week to address worship leading and politics.Read More »

Praxis, Worship, Theology: Being Intentional

If you want your church’s worship to develop and your worship leading to grow, being intentional about your worship is the very first step that you should take. Today, we are going to look at two disciplines that will help us be more intentional about our worship, but first, I want to talk about what it means to “be intentional” about or worship.Read More »

Journeys in Worship: Seasons of Faith, Pt. 1

The Bishop's Corner

Last week I discussed some things I have learned over the years regarding the journey that is the corporate worship service.  This week I would like to continue the conversation and look at larger view of the journey, namely the one through which we walk during the year: the Church calendar.

We live in a world that is run by different calendars: chronological, fiscal, academic.  Each month sees the celebration of birthdays, weddings, anniversaries of various kinds, and civic holidays; each month also sees the remembering of those who have passed, the recalling of demarcating events in history, both good and bad.  Interwoven in all of this is the Church calendar.Read More »

Journeys in Worship: The Service

Last week I shared about my first experience leading a worship service.  This week I want to turn our attention to a few specific things of the many I have encountered and learned in the intervening years.  I am couching them as the “journeys in worship”: things that can, to paraphrase The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis, lead us “further up and further in” to a relationship with God and his Church.  These journeys not only lead the congregation on a “journey within a journey” (i.e. the Christian faith), they also ask the Church to live within a constant rhythm of God’s loving, salvific story.Read More »

The Art of Selecting Worship Songs

 

When it comes to the art of selecting worship songs, everyone has a rooted opinion. Most of the time we are quick to disregard someone else’s opinion because it does not coincide with ours. So how do we select worship songs if everyone has a different opinion?

The key is to find a barometer that goes beyond each individual’s personal preference. Read More »

Learning to Lead

Hello!  My name is Ryan Mackey.  I am a new contributor to TalkingWorship.com.  I am very excited and honored to share life with the TW community.  For my first post I want to share how I began leading congregational singing:

My first time leading a worship service was my junior year in college. Even though I’d been part of my church’s music team since I was in high school I had not led. At this college there was a Wednesday morning chapel service and a small Sunday evening worship service in a multi-purpose room/black box theatre; shortly after the semester started I began playing rhythm guitar and singing harmony in the small worship team.  Read More »

What To Say When You Are Leading Worship

When we hear the title “Worship Leader”, many of us immediately picture a musician leading us in song during our Sunday morning worship. This is a fair, yet incomplete picture, of the worship leader. Certainly song plays a large part in the role of being a worship leader, but by no means does song encompass everything a worship leader does on a Sunday morning.Read More »

Star Wars, Christmas, and Worship

Star Wars has burst back into the cinematic scene with J.J. Abrams directing Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. When I think of Star Wars, I recall one of my favorite scenes featuring Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. As Darth Vader attempts to seduce Luke to the Dark Side of the Force, George Lucas captures Luke’s inner struggle with some unique imagery. As Luke hides from Darth Vader, we see red light, representing the Dark Side, on one side of Luke’s face, and blue light, representing the Light Side, on the other side of Luke’s face.Read More »