May 21, 2009

what are we called to do? what does discipleship look like?  what is Christ summoning us into?  can we just sit and read and talk or does it require action?

if all we do is discuss and question (which is great and healthy) but never move into action, are we the modern day ‘pharisee’? are we as a people becoming more and more complacent about which pastor is best, or who has  better sound system, or which church has the most singles to marry/date?  the better question is; is it really about all that?

Christ simply says; “therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”  -Matt. 28.19-20

He then states in Acts 1.7-8 just right before he ascends to heaven, “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

In these two famous statements Jesus makes; if you notice there is no question or implication of what to do.  It is simply put as GO, into your city (Jerusalem) to your country (Judea/Samaria) and to the world (ends of the earth).  We are summoned and called to go.  This doesn’t mean everyone is called to go to the world, If you notice Jesus starts off by saying go to your home town, your family, co-workers, classmates, friends, etc.  That in and of itself is our call.  But do we even go that far?  Do we proclaim the Kingdom of God to our co-workers?  Do we love our father who abandoned us?  Do we proclaim freedom to the captive?  The best part about this is, we are not alone.  Jesus states, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.  He left us the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us.  The Spirit resides in us.  Through the power of the Spirit we are able to do the things of Christ, to go and proclaim this good news.

If we only discuss and theorize about what this world would like if we only…

In this song Tim Hughes writes I believe he does a great job in encapsulating our call,

“God of Justice, Saviour to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in every way
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us, what You require
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give
Fill us up and send us out Lord”


May 20, 2009

“You are my portion, O Lord; I have promised to obey your words.

I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.

I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.

I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.”

-Psalm 119; Heth

where ive been the past few months;  this has been my prayer

Time and Space (e*r fall 08)

November 8, 2008

“For: The Institute of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt.”

One quote and idea that really stuck out to me was, “every Sunday is a weekly little Easter but even more so every Easter is a yearly great Sunday.”  “James F. White. The part that was new for me was the idea of every Sunday being that “little” Easter.  That is such a refreshing way to view our “Sunday” services.  And I agree with that author as celebrating that type of day brings a newness and excitement each week as we view that in light of Christ. It draws on the idea of remembrance and how important that is, to remember what Christ has done.

Another great quote that stuck out was referring to the “church year” and it states, that “keeping the church year for the wrong reasons is worse than useless for we can end up worshipping our own gimmicks rather than God.” –James F. White.  This rings true in dealing, I believe, to all aspects of worship, church and life in general.  If we lose focus as to why we do what we do, or for whom we do it; we end up missing the entire point.

Along with that, I never really thought of the seasons of the Christian year before.  The season of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and the season after Pentecost.  I am beginning to wrestle with those season and what they would look like for me in my context.  In agreement with the “keeping the church year for the wrong reasons”, I want to focus on what the Lord may be calling me to do and try.  I see the importance of the “remembrance” and especially learning to focus on the rejoicing rather than the focus  on the pertinence.

Growing up at a church(s) where we never had our own building, I got used to worshiping in school gyms and office buildings.  I like the emphasis that is placed on the worship space and how that can be such an influence, whether positively or negatively.

As a musician I am aware of the  “sound” that are in buildings, and sometimes I wish I didn’t notice it as much.  I love music, I love getting lost in it, I love how imagery is portrayed in and through music.  I never really thought to much into the actual “buildings” that we do our worship in.  It was quite intriguing to see how the architecture changed throughout the century’s to accommodate new understandings, or governments or ideas.

Looking back to scripture and thinking of how intricate the temple of the Lord was when Solomon was building the new temple is quite fascinating.  The architecture and design was so detailed and it gets me thinking now of how we build or design our modern churches today.  As stated in the book, God is a God of time and space, that he dwells in and amongst us and the buildings we sing and operate in can be quite pertinent to change that experience of worship.  I am not stating the Lord wont show up if we don’t have the most expensive building, or the nicest sound system, etc… But what I am saying is exactly what White says, that maybe we should rethink our concepts and views on how we design and create our places of worship no matter where we are.  We should re-think the way we think of how big worship really is.  That it is more than just a song we sing to the Lord.

All of this is irrelevant if it deters us from the one thing we were created for, relationship with the living God and embracing the community we are surrounded by.

rain rain rain…

November 4, 2008

love the rain; relaxing, calming and thought provoking.  new life begins, the busyness quiets and once again our thoughts surface in these unique moments.  at times we are alone with nothing but our thoughts and the unknown.  sometimes we are presented with the gift of shared ideas, laughter, love, joy, experiences, and adventures with the friendships we hold dear.  we also may encounter another story, a story we are unfamiliar with, yet, there is life.  as the rains subside, the birds pen new songs, singing ever so gently to the new rhythm of a slowed and steady state.  listen…

very excited to dive into the course work for essentials red; Intro to Christian Worship and Ancient-Future TIME, both will have an overall scope of history, biblical themes in worship, liturgical traditions, and more.   at this point wishing i didnt have to work so i could just jump into this material all day, drink coffee, and watch the rain fall.   but alas i have to finish the work day and then begin

awaken to the light

November 3, 2008

stoked that the time change has finally taken place, makes waking to start work by 6am that much easier.  there is something about waking to the natural sunlight; its calming, relaxing, reviving and life giving.  today is going to be a good day, slept well, feel totally rested; i am enjoying a wonderful cup of coffee (Yukon blend – from starbucks -home brewed) and listening to Sigur Ros.

start the essentials course today.  hopefully can make the call it is just during work so ill take my lunch during the call and hopefully make the whole thing.  i cannot wait to dive into the history and theology of worship.

this weekend went by fast, anthony and danielle are now married, WOOHOO!!!  my best man speech went well, and im so proud of them and excited to see them grow together.  knowing anthony now for the past 10 yrs, starting off in high school together, and now watching him grow and being able to watch him on his journey in finding himself has been such a blessing.

welp…time to get back to work.