Weekend Links

Weekend Links

Worship leaders, pastors, and everyone serving this weekend: know that I’m praying for you! I pray that God will bless you and stretch you and use you to grow His kingdom and expand His family.

As usual, I found lots of great links this week that I wanted to share with you but that didn’t quite fit into a post. When you get a few minutes this weekend, check them out and be encouraged and challenged. Maybe even learn something. 🙂

Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Todd Wright wonders about the implications of very short worship sets:

Every church has its own reasons, but from what I read and hear, it seems that this new “quicker” music portion of the service is designed to A) accommodate hard cut-off times due to multiple services and B) make services more concise for online viewing/interaction.

I’m sure there are more nuanced reasons for shorter sets, but on the surface, it seems to be primarily a time concern, not a spiritual one.

And that’s why I’m worried short song-sets are becoming manipulative.

Tiffany Deluccia shares some of the ways that churches subtly communicate in less than stellar ways:

There’s a line in a movie that has stuck with me for years — “Trust me, everyone is less mysterious than they think they are.”

I sometimes think about that line when I see people unintentionally communicating their true feelings in non-verbal ways. You know what I mean. When someone lets a facial expression flash for a moment before hiding it. When someone dresses in a way that says, “I take myself too seriously.” When someone can’t stop interrupting. (That one may happen verbally, but the non-verbal effect is to communicate “My thoughts are more important than yours.”)

Churches do this, too. They unintentionally communicate who they really are, what they really believe underneath the rhetoric.

Kelvin Mutize reminds us that our worship needs to go way beyond thirty minutes or so once a week:

Worship is all about glorifying God that is the simplest definition we can put, but we have seen as well that singing is a form of worship. Singing, dancing and playing instruments is a form of expressing our worship to God. It is not the whole worship but a form, a way to express our worship to God.

In the body of Christ today people believe that the 3 praise and 3 worship songs we sing along on a Sunday service is worship. We are satisfied with just 30 minutes of singing along 6 songs and we say that is worship. Think about this a day has 24 hours and a week has 168 hours, so for the 168 hours in our week we only worship for 30 minutes a week. What will we be giving God for the rest of the week?

Keith Getty shares what’s great about (and what we can learn from) the Irish hymn writing tradition:

Ireland has produced some of the oldest and greatest hymns in our English speaking tradition.

Perhaps two of the most prominent are “Be Thou My Vision” and “St. Patrick’s Breastplate”. Like all art that transcends generations, there is a level of mystery as to how these songs continue to weave their way into generations of singing people, and we can learn a great deal from these hymns…

Yancy (Not Nancy) shares three things to help you lead kids in worship:

I know music has great power in all of our lives and helps us connect the dots to remember events, details and messages we wouldn’t remember any other way. I saw a post on Facebook earlier this year that made me laugh when I read it cause it’s so true. It said “My Brain: 2% phone numbers, 3% names, 5% school knowledge, 90% song lyrics.” When we think about our busy lives and all the things we so easily forget, it can be painfully funny to realize some of the pointless and meaningless songs that are brains can perfectly remember. On the other hand there are some great songs that are filled with the truth of the Bible and God’s praises that are stored away in my brain. I’m grateful, especially on the harder days of life, that those songs are planted to remind me of God’s faithfulness. So as you move forward in leading kids in worship here are a couple tips from me to help you lead kids well.

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