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.
It all started last Saturday night with the tell-tale whole-body shivers. I had watched my kids battling ear-infections and strep throat earlier in Holy Week, and I had skated above their germs and fevers, while I practically lived at church with rehearsals and services most evenings. But on Saturday night, just before it was time to set the 4:30am alarm for Easter morning, I knew my body was about to be hit by something bad.
There are many different contexts for saying “no”. Some are requests for our time, talents or money. “Can you serve on the finance committee?” “Are you available to sing Sunday?” “Would you like fries with that?” Others are for opportunities such as the one above, where we have power or control over something that others want. Others “nos” may be an exercise in self-control, of saying “no” to too much of a good thing or to avoid something bad… So, some thoughts about saying “no”.
Now comes the part you won’t like:
“Behold, I say unto you, you have made sports the household god.”
Too strong? OK, not all of you. But the deification of sports is happening to many.
How does ball become Baal?
QUESTION: We have a somewhat diverse congregation and live in an economically diverse community. Even though we are a contemporary young church with lots of millennials, our long-time members have a hard time singing when we incorporate other genres. Any advice on how to add more musical diversity to our worship services?
REGI: Great question! There are several steps that I’ve found helpful when introducing new music or incorporating a new style of music into a service…
We always find that articles we publish on licensing generate lots of interest so we have asked CCLI to write a series of guest posts for us on commonly asked questions about licensing. Here is question number 1.
One of the questions CCLI is asked most often is:
“Why should churches pay to use songs and hymns in their times of worship?”