While most of the Northeast is battening down the hatches, we are getting ready for a little bit of the white stuff ourselves. It’s an interesting forecast, because it is changing quickly. We have gone from less than an inch to 3 to 5 inches back to nothing and now we are back in the 3 to 5 range. Tomorrow should prove interesting, but not as interesting as it will be in the Northeast.
It looks like we are going to get a good shot of real winter again especially as we get into next week, but for now we are having a fairly normal winter – the temps this week will be just under normal for the last week of January.
It was interesting going out for a run in the snow/rain mix yesterday – other than that it was a nice kick-back day. Anna was out of work early and we were able to relax in the evening instead of picking up kids from work. Which is one of the reasons I need to get to bed early tonight, because Anna needs to be at work at 6 in the morning tomorrow, just before the rain changes to snow. This week will be a bid of a normal week and I am looking forward to it.
We had a great day today – the music was good and the team did a great job of leading worship. This afternoon we got ready for our first annual Crock-Pot Carry-In Dinner and Talent show. It was great – who knew Parkway had such great talent and it wasn’t all singing. I really enjoyed hosting the night. That’s about all I’ve got tonight — Seize the day!
Sunday, January 25, 2015 | Third Sunday of Epiphany
Welcome and Announcements
Call to Worship and Invocation
Songs of Worship
Holy is the Lord
Holy, Holy, Holy
Worship Through Prayer
Songs of Worship
Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Lord, I Need You
Worship through Giving
Worship through God’s Word
Song of Commitment
Open the Eyes of My Heart
Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation, that we and the whole world may perceive the glory of his marvelous works; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Today was an interesting day…You can see what we woke up to this morning in the Shenandoah Valley. We had a bit of an ice storm last night and more than we expected. As soon as it warmed up so that I knew there weren’t going to be any slick spots I went out for a run – a long run – the longest of the month and year, clocking in at 7.5 miles. So far I’ve fell far short of my goal of getting in 100 miles this month. If I work hard next week, I may be able to get to 80 miles for the month. That means to work on my average, I’ll need some extra miles in the months to follow. I think that once I get up to training mode again, those 30 mile weeks won’t be hard to come by, but they are now. I’ve also been trying to work off some of those holiday and winter pounds and I think they are slowing me down. Anyway it was good to get back out there today and get in a relatively long run. Hopefully next week I can go longer, like 8 or 9 if the weather cooperates.
Articles I have found of interest this week:
Excellence and Perfection
What Should a Worship Leader Wear? – Not what you would expect – great article
Worship Leader Stage Presence
Are We In Danger of Worshiping Worship?
Entertainment in Worship – Thought provoking article
The Heresy of Worshiptaiment – again thought provoking, with something to think about.
This morning I was doing some study for our praise team study tonight. We are working through the study called “Downpour.” I don’t know about you, but I need a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit in my life. We are only two weeks in and God is starting a fresh work in me. As part of the study, there is a testimony of one of the worship leaders at Harvest Bible Chapel. This led to several clicks and searches to look at the music of Harvest Bible Chapel. I came across a quote that I had heard several time, but it was never cited (in my opinion) correctly. In doing the research for the first quote, I came across another quote that had always intrigued me, but again was attributed to an unusual name – such is the way the internet works – we get our facts wrong. This morning I came across both quotes – with what I believe to be their original authors – they both have to do with music and worship and I thought I would share them with you.
“Let me write the songs of a nation – I don’t care who writes its laws,” said the Scottish author and politician Andrew Fletcher (1653 -1716).
“Show me a church’s songs and I’ll show you their theology.” – Gordon Fee
These are two great quotes and I will admit – especially as a contemporary musician – that I am concerned about some of the newer music that is coming out. Some of it I will admit is stylistic differences – perhaps it will just take me some time to adjust to the newer style. But much of my concern comes from the lyrics. That’s why, even though they are Reformed in theology, I love the music of Keith and Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend. Music and songs are important. As a musician, I am so aware of that. I encourage you, to not just sing songs because they have a great hook, but let’s examine the words and their theology as we pick songs for the church to sing.