Tagged with worship

Post-Coronavirus Safe Gatherings

Someone forwarded this: 3. Attending a religious service indoors: high risk Worship services involve people from different households coming together indoors for an extended time. “All of the ingredients are there for the potential for a lot of people becoming infected in the short amount of time,” says Kimberly Powers, an epidemiologist at the University of … Continue reading »

Reopening a Church

Add this to the list of things they don’t teach in Seminary. I’ve been thinking about how the end (or maybe the next phases?) of the Coronavirus lockdown will affect our congregation. Government-supplied Guidance First, if you haven’t done so, it’s worth looking at the CDC guidelines for a phased reopening of America. Also, Governor … Continue reading »

Online Worship – Things to Think About

I liked these two brief videos about producing online worship because they suggested taking a step back and thinking first about goals. (Don’t get me wrong: I’ve appreciated all the great content that bypasses that, for people who just want to do something. But with Easter behind us and no clear timeframe or picture of … Continue reading »

Church Architecture

Someone sent me a reflection about church architecture that included this quote from R.C. Sproul: It behooves us, I think, to note the great care with which God gave His people plans for the tabernacle, their first worship environment. Like the temple that followed, the tabernacle was a place of beauty, glory, and transcendence. It … Continue reading »

Sunday Worship Attendance

Tony Morgan has a series of blog posts about declining attendance in Sunday worship services, and I found it interesting: Part 1: Panic at the Church: Dealing with Less Frequent Attendance Patterns Part 2: How One Church Leans In to Less Frequent Attendance Part 3: Church Attendance Decline? There’s a Problem with Your Product. Part … Continue reading »

Worship Leaders Tip

Donald Miller: the difference between an artist an an entertainer. We want our worship to be enhanced by the contributions of artists. We don’t want entertainment. (Truthfully sometimes we do want, but it’s a desire we should resist.)  

God’s Great Dance Floor

“Praise and worship” differs from other forms of Christian popular music because of its explicitly stated purpose for facilitating experiences of worship. This is music designed for use by Christian believers to actively negotiate their relationships with God. … the standard of quality is ultimately curatorial rather than performative. Like the deejay, worship leaders are … Continue reading »

Age-Segregated Worship On the Way Out?

Here’s an interesting sign of the times: Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale now offers only one service at 10:15 a.m. with, essentially, blended worship – that means no more separation based on age, likes and comfort. For years Coral Ridge was the best-known Presbyterian Church (PCA) in the country, due to the influence … Continue reading »

The Seminary Bubble

Via Twitter, I saw a fascinating article on Forbes’ blog about the “Seminary Bubble.” Excerpt: After all, what matters more to the customer, the member: the ability to discuss the relationship between Paul Tillich’s theory of ultimate concern and Karl Barth’s version of neo-orthodoxy in light of the demythologizing textual hermeneutic of Bultman, or the … Continue reading »

Purposeful Worship

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we worship? What’s it for? It’s the most salient feature of church life; in fact, people often use “church” as shorthand for “worship.” If someone says, “Let’s go to church this Sunday,” for example, it’s shorthand for, “Let’s assemble at the customary place for gathered worship.” But why … Continue reading »