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A Good Place to End

I'd like to give you a final post as my part of being the Worship Guide for the Network. The Network has been a place for me to go, to be inspired, and to question thoughts and attitudes regarding worship and other ministries of God's Kingdom. 

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A New Hymnal—Why?

"Lift Up Your Hearts" has been published and has been available for purchase since May 2013. Many have embraced the new hymnal, others seem skeptical, and others just plain ignored it. So Why? What For? Who Cares? 

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Practicing Medicine

There is a "Balm" to heal the "sin, sick, soul" of our life.  Do we see that in worship?  How do we reveal Christ as the one who heals in our worship services?

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Summertime Worship Experiences

I grew up in a farming community where the Summer was just as busy as the school year, so church attendance was not affected by camping, etc.  But I came to the city to be a worship director and the city church left for the countryside!

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Why Don't We Sing In Worship?

As worship leaders, we go through spells on what is good congregational singing and what encourages our particular congregations to sing in worship.  If you are like me, you are always striving to strike a balance between familiar, new, Biblical, thematic, liturgical, and pastoral when we plan worship for our congregation.  

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Which Calendar Do You Follow?

Worship planning goes easier and with more satisfaction when a calendar with a pattern or rhythm is in view. Four different calendars vie for our attention. A choice needs to be made.

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Time for An Update

Technology has a keen way of "updating" our life.  A new and better program, an updated version of an old application, or a new device has come into the marketplace and has found a use in the world of worship.

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Theology and Worship

Every week as worship planners, we look for the perfect songs, prayers, litanies, artwork, etc, that match or enhance the scripture text or sermon theme.  But is that always necessary?  Do we work too hard at being thematic? 

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Worship and Disabilities

Lately in our congregation, there have been many conversations about how we should respond to our members and guests who have a disability, both physical and mental.

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Take Time...

Taking time is easier said than done. Especially in the weekly life of worship, ministry, and leadership.

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Do We Hear Christmas Bells in Our Culture?

We in the United States are preparing and celebrating the season in the midst of fear, sorrow, and despair for our nation and our culture. Many are familiar with the Carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” it has a “ring” to it that invokes the spirit of the season.  When we read the poem itself without the music, it lends us to believe that the author has a difficult time at this particular time of the year. 

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Preparing for Christmas

This season is like no other.  The rush and hurry of preparing Advent and Chrsitmas services seems to go faster and faster.  I seem to make the commitment of "starting earlier" next year in prepraring, but other things seem to get in the way. 

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Lift Up Your Hearts

This is a reflection from Diane Dykgraaf on her thoughts regarding "Lift Up Your Hearts" hymnal set for distribution in June 2013. She serves as the administrative assistant to the editorial committee.

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A Utility Man

Usually, a utility man is a player who does not get much attention as they are not great players who pile up gaudy stats. Indeed the phrase “jack-of-all trades, master of none” could be used. However, a utility man's value comes in their ability to fill in wherever needed.

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Working With Others

Sometimes worship leaders get caught up in worship so much that we don’t look around us to see what else is going on in the life of the congregation.  I’ve done that.  I’ve had the attitude that worship is about God (which it is) but nothing else should interfere with that particular thing.  There are other ministries in the life of the congregation that we need to emphasize or recognize in worship.

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Celebrating Baptism

Does a baptism service become a "family service" where the participation comes from the family only and the congregation becomes spectators to an event.? Do we as a congregation have any part of the service? 

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Dropping Out

Sometimes I wonder how much I get in the way during a worship service. Do I play too many notes? Should we sing acapella? A couple of weeks ago, I was playing from the organ, and I slowly dropped out and let the congregation sing. Yes, it is possible.

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What Do You See?

What about your worship space? Is it inviting? Does it reflect your congregation’s meaning of worship? Or is it “just a space?”

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Technology in Worship - Pros and Cons

We all have technology in worship in some kind or another. What are the pros and cons of technology that we employ in our worship? These are things that I consider "toys in the toybox". What "toys" do you have?

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