Posted in: Best Books You Read in 2021
The Inconvenient Indian -Thomas King
Moon of the Crusted Snow - Waubgeshig Rice
The Gospel in a Handshake - Kevin J. Adams
A Rhythm of Prayer - edited by Sarah Bessey
Morning and Evening Prayers - Cornelius Plantinga
Five Little Indians - Michelle Good
In Search of April Raintree - Beatrice Mosionier
A Burning in My Bones - Winn Collier (biography of Eugene Peterson)
Indian Horse - Richard Wagamese
No Cure for Being Human - Kate Bowler
Posted in: What Books Are You Reading This Summer?
Right now I'm reading "The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America" by Thomas King. A few of us are studying it with a small group, using the Canadian Indigenous Ministry Committee's short teaching videos to jump-start our discussion. Much injustice has been done in the colonizing of our countries, and this learning is one step towards reconciliation and action on my part, and on the part of our church (I hope). It is a quasi-history written with warmth and wit, honesty and power by master story-teller Thomas King. I highly recommend it.
I've also just begun to use Cornelius Plantinga's new book "Morning and Evening Prayers" His language and word choices, and authenticity help me pray in new ways.
"Gutter Child" by Canadian Jael Richardson is a powerful first novel, and while it's "fantasy" you will immediately see the parallels to systemic racism in our present world.
I also really enjoyed "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah, the comedian born and raised in apartheid South Africa.
Posted in: Worship Songs: Current Favorites?
here's the playlist I made for our congregation: Songs of Hope for an Anxious Time
He Shall Reign Forevermore (Chris Tomlin)
A Christmas Hallelujah (Cohen's tune; Cloverton lyrics)
Glory (let there be peace) - Matt Maher
Majesty in the Manger - Greg Sykes
Sing we the Song of Emmanuel - Getty/Matt Papa
Noel - Chris Tomlin & Lauren Daigle
Posted in: The Network Worship Playlist (Nov 2019)
Thanks for this! Great playlist. I make a playlist for our congregation each new "season" (Lent/Easter; Fall series; Advent/Christmas) to help them worship during the week, and be ready for Sunday worship, especially with new songs, and to help young families. I don't mind sharing my Advent/Christmas playlist if you want!
Posted in: Ideas for Children Reciting Scripture?
This is a great idea! I would suggest placing the scripture in a particular "role" in the liturgy: if it's a good call to worship, label it as such and have the kids recite it there. If it's a scripture that calls us to live God's way and follow Jesus, place it after the confession & forgiveness. etc. In other words, let the recitations serve the liturgy.
Right now I'm loving "Is he Worthy?" by Andrew Peterson. And "King of kings" by Hillsong. Both work for Advent, and beyond.
Posted in: Any Past or Present Worship Planners?
Hi! I'm a worship planner, leader, pianist, and worship director. Love my job!
Posted in: 27 Mission-Related Worship Songs
Build Your Kingdom Here - Rend Collective; Send Me Out - Steven Fee; Multiply Your love - Andy Park; Father let your kingdom come -Porters Gate; Christ be our Light (LUYH); Show Your Power - Kevin Prosch; Hope of the Nations - Brian Doerksen