Saturday, June 28, 2008
Worship to the Ends of the Earth
Written by Kenneth Hemphill
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--What comes to mind when you think about worship? Do you think about something that occurs on Sunday morning, or do you think about the total context of your life? Do you “hear” worship in terms of Southern Gospel melodies, contemporary choruses, or a multiplicity of tongues with strange melodies?
Worship has, in some quarters, become an issue of controversy related to various styles of music. These debates about worship styles are simply another symptom of our spiritual myopia, which evaluates most church events or experiences in terms of what pleases or appeals to us. Worship is not about us! We are not the audience. God is both object and audience, and we are those who participate in worship through the offering of ourselves to the King.
It is definitley time - maybe past time - for you to sign your kids up for our Fine Arts Camp which will be July 28-August 1. They will choose between dance, art, drama and stomp. I need to know which class when they sign up. The cost is only $50 for a week of fun and learning how to use"fine art" as a way to worship and as a way to reach others for Christ. Call the church office for more details and sign up soon!
Friday, June 27, 2008
GREG - JANNA - JEREMI - MELISSA
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tonight we'll put our windows together with lead.
Everyone had a great time. I remembered my camera right at the end. I'll try to remember to take more pictures tonight.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Study This Chapter
1 I will extol You, my God, O King, And I will bless Your name forever and ever. 2 Every day I will bless You, And I will praise Your name forever and ever. 3 Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable. 4 One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts. 5 On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate. 6 Men shall speak of the power of Your awesome acts, And I will tell of Your greatness. 7 They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Thanks for being in rehearsal.
I worked very hard to remember to put my camera in my car so I could have pictures of our first night out there. And I DID remember to put my camera in my car. Unfortunately, that is the last time I thought about it. Perhaps we'll get some pictures next week...
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.
I’ve missed you and I’ve missed getting to rehearse together. The Southern Baptist Convention was nice and everything, but it’s just not the same as getting together with you all and singing. Call up someone you haven’t seen in awhile or someone that you think might want to sing with us and get them to join us tomorrow night. We’ll meet at 6:30 in the worship area of the FLC.
I know all of us are in and out of town during the summer, so it really helps if you will make an extra effort to be in rehearsal and in the loft on Sundays any time you are in town.
We’ll look at some patriotic music tomorrow night too. We’re just having one service at 9:00 in the sanctuary (main campus) and one at the FLC on July 6th. This will be a great time for the entire choir to sing together on a Sunday morning.
See you tomorrow!
We meet in the party room of our fancey new Family Life Center. It was a great place to meet. The FLC was full of families playing all kinds of different things together. there were some guys kick boxing in the aerobics room, a dad and young son playing pool, lots of racquetball and basketball players... Everyone was having a fun time. Hannah and Benjamin came to pick up their Papa (me) but I didn't get their picture for the blog.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Dad is the one who not only taught me great musicianship - through his own musicianship and through directing choirs and orchestras that I was a member of - but also the importance of music in worship and as a tool to reach the lost. He emphasized how important it is to use music that reaches and speaks to people. He taught me about faith, following God and loving people.
One of my favorite quotes of dad's that I like to say is "if you can't play it right, play it loud." I don't know that he said it a lot, but I remember it a lot. I think the point of it was to show confidence in what you do. So much of leading and making music is in your self confidence. Confidence shines through and makes you a better musician and a more effective person. I don't mean arrogance. Dad was very confident and very good, but he was never arrogant. Everyone was his friend - church members, other music ministers, pastors...
Dad wrote a lot of great music and had his own music publishing company, Fine Arts Music Press, for many years. He wrote orchestrations for the orchestra when he couldn't find music. His hard work was a great inspiration for me and taught me that a person could do anything if they trusted in God and His direction and worked long and hard.
Dad is retired now and lives in Oklahoma City near his brothers and sisters. He's active in his church choir and singing with the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma. (He directed them for a couple of years in the late 60s or early 70s.)
Of course not everything from Dad was great. I think I can blame the Littletons for bad teeth and high blood pressure. But compared to all of the great things I got from them, I guess that's not bad...
Happy Father's Day, Dad.
Friday, June 13, 2008
I was surprised to read that it is a relatively new superstition - although some claim it has ancient roots. One of the reasons given is that 12 is the number of completion: 12 months, 12 tribes of Israel, 12 disciples of Jesus. That makes 13 irregular and "transgressing this completeness". Interesting. Oh, and that at the last super there were thirteen present (on a Friday) so one had to die.
Wellllll, what should a Christian's response be to Friday the 13th? (By the way, there is only one this year, but three next year.) There is no place in the life of a Christian for superstition or fear of these kinds of things.
1 John 4:4 You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. Study This Chapter
A Christian should not fear black cats, should not "knock on wood" or any of those kinds of things, because we are children of God! Our lives should be lived in such a way that people know we have a hope and a future Jer 29:11 because we have been redeemed and have the Spirit of God living in us Ro 8:9 .
So go out and do something great for Christ today. Use Friday the 13th as a chance to explain to others the peace and joy and hope you have as a follower of Jesus Christ!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
The convention is for doing business of course and for hearing reports of the great things God is doing through our seminaries, churches and SBC agencies. There is great music and preaching too. But the things that makes the SBC great, and our churches great are people - relationships.
We ate supper with Bro. Terry and Bro. Mike and Judy, but I didn't have my camera with me.
Ken and Diane
Me, David and LeAnn
I thought - too late - to take pictures of everyone, but I got a few.
Ceiling in the capitol
Details will cost you something. Sometimes that means money, but it costs in other ways. Details take more effort. Details take more time.
Details are worth the effort and time and cost. The buildings and statues around Indianapolis prove that.
What does this have to do with worship? What we offer to God needs to be our very best. As we prepare a song or a service, we need to make sure we cover the details. We actually have a lot of people involved in our worship ministry that do just that. Donna and Perry cover the details of MediaShout where they make sure pictures match songs and words are spelled correctly. Chuck and Linda cover details of cameras and switching and editing so what we present on TV is high quality. Tony and Ed and Kevin cover the details of sound for the sanctuary and broadcast. Musicians in the band play with great skill (which means they get the details of the songs) so that our music is great.
Let me encourage you to be a person who cares about the details. Details in your relationships. Details in your work. Details in your spiritual life.
God is also a God of details. You can just look around at all of creation and see that. You can see that in His plan for redemption of man. Well, there is so much more that could be said about that it could be a whole other nice long post... but I can't do everything for you. Give that some thought today.