Singing and Praying Justice

A powerful reminder that the words we sing matter. As worship leaders we can either promote justice and a multidimensional view of God or myopic materialism – or often something somewhere in between. So much of it is in the …

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A Great Post about Pride from Roger Sheck

1 Comment » Written on July 20th, 2009     
Filed under: Liturgy, Uncategorized

A great article from Roger Sheck, Worship pastor of Eastridge Covenant Church in Clackamas OR.

A good reminder that true humility is not a matter of “hiding” or “denying” your God-given gifts, but rather offering them up in humble …

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Finding our Voice in Worship

3 comments Written on June 30th, 2009     
Filed under: Formation, Liturgy, Local Church, Music, Resources for Worship, Songwriting

Thanks for the replies regarding songs that reflect our Covenant identity and values. It seems this theme is striking a “chord” in the Covenant community. It is my hope that forums like this will be one small part of helping …

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Remembering Who Our Friends Are (Unsung Song Themes)

Here’s a harder one. But it’s a question that’s been haunting me:

What are some of the important, but relatively distinctive, theological ideas that form the core of who we are as a Covenant church? And how, if at all,

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Pray This Week

Post a Comment » Written on June 14th, 2009     
Filed under: Liturgy, Prayer

Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace each of us may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, …

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Telling Each Other’s Story (But NO Anonymous Song Requests)

Allow me to share an idea that’s been helpful in our church. It has done much to lessen the “worship wars” that sometimes happen because of stylistic preferences.  See what you think.
We ask people to recommend songs that “God

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Discovering and Escaping Liturgy

2 comments Written on April 21st, 2009     
Filed under: Liturgy, Style of Worship

Ever wonder if it’s really true that the emerging generation likes traditional liturgy in church? Dan Kimball discusses the complications in interpreting the worship preferences of church goers. Check it out.

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Mighty to Save: a song and a prayer

1 Comment » Written on March 9th, 2009     
Filed under: Liturgy, Music, Prayer, Resources for Worship

Yesterday, I encountered this Prayer for the Week:

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan:

Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptation; and, as you know the weaknesses

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Good, Bad and Ugly Songs

8 comments Written on February 14th, 2009     
Filed under: Core Values, Liturgy, Music, Songwriting

John Stackhouse took Chris Tomlin to task. This week, Stackhouse posted a detailed critique of Tomlin’s Praise the Father, Praise the Son underscored by a general concern about the quality of the sounds and lyrics we foist upon people in …

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Prayer for the Week

Post a Comment » Written on January 12th, 2009     
Filed under: Church Year, Formation, Liturgy, Prayer

Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed

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