Monthly Archives: October 2010

criteria for innovative worship

Dan Harper has some insightful and provocative thoughts on what “seriously innovative” liberal worship should look like. Read his article for his thoughts on the criteria which follow, to which I have appended some thoughts based on my experiences. Criterion … Continue reading

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it’s not all about music

First, an anecdote about worship: at some point six or eight years ago, I discovered that a good time to read the announcements in the bulletin was while singing “Doxology”. I could sing it by muscle memory, in various of … Continue reading

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message: OK. medium: needs work?

Rev. Harlan Limpert commented in an article in UU World What we know is there is a real desire and need for what we offer, but we have to offer it in a way that’s accessible to people. This is … Continue reading

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what goes into worship?

When we were surveying the congregation about adding another service, one of our active young adults made an interesting comment. It was (paraphrased) that “churches that do [contemporary music] have a ridiculous, unbelievable message. The music is a bribe, and … Continue reading

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the language of the divine

“As everybody has said, music has no language. So, definitely, there’s a special power to reach the divinity. Music is the only way.” Rajesh Vaidhya Worship happens whenever and wherever people like Rajesh Vaidhya realize that what they’re doing is … Continue reading

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transformation

Here’s something thought-provoking from United Methodeviations. Money quote: Some of our United Methodist churches are held hostage by low expectations, complacency, lack of vision, and a distinct aversion to anything remotely disciple-like. What are we going to do about it? … Continue reading

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