Friday, March 24, 2017

Worship Seminar - beginning Foster & Miller for Monday, March 27

Our next gathering is Monday, March 27.  For class bring with you the 1.) Foster, 2.) Miller, AND 3.) Webber texts!

As we come into "the second half" of the semester (couldn't resist this weekend's basketball analogy), Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline is, indeed, a classic.  Foster challenges our approach to Christian disciplines in a way that helps us define worship as "way of life."

Next to Foster, we place readings from Donald Miller's Blue Like Jazz.  Miller offers us a very honest and refreshingly human view of many of these same disciplines.

Interestingly, our semester has developed in such a way so we can focus on each discipline individually.  This will result in more meaningful experience with each spiritual discipline.  Dive into this process with intent.  Immerse yourself in the exercise of each discipline.

For this session, the reading is:
1.  Foster, Chapter 11, Worship, page 158

2.  Miller, Chapter 17, Worship, page 201

Journaling and Discussion:
1.  Our approach to journaling Foster takes an interesting turn - most chapters will include exercise(s) related to that discipline to assist you in stretching your spiritual muscles around the particular disciplines.  This weekend, choose one idea from the "Steps into Worship" (page 170 in most editions) that you think would be especially helpful for your practice of worship.  Try that idea and afterward write about how it affected your worship experience.

2.  Do a brief "Compare and Contrast" of Foster (chapter 11) and Miller (chapter 17).  What, if any, is the common ground?  What do you come away with from each author?

Soli Deo Gloria,
Gerald Chafin

Thursday, March 23, 2017

For Friday, March 24:

I'm sorry for the delay in posting for our Friday session!  Therefore, let's back up from our original intent and proceed with the following:
1. Simply bring with you these items:  Celebration Hymnal, Blue Like Jazz, and Celebration of Discipline.
2. Finish and turn in the essay we began on Monday.  This is section one of the signature assignment:
Write a detailed description of your journey in worship, describe your background and past.  Include traditions and practices you recall from as far back in your experience as you can remember to the present.  Write about your family-of-origin experiences as well as geographical setting and denominational affiliation(s) to create an understanding of your cultural self-awareness.  Describe significant worshipful experiences.
3. AND, if your schedule allows, please join the LWC Singers for their Spring Tour Home Concert on Thursday evening at Columbia Baptist Church, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Arts in Worship

We have just read Robert Webber's work, Encountering Christ Through the Arts, which includes these statements:  "Renewing churches are paying attention to the arts, recognizing that worship itself is an art.  Churches most sensitive to the arts are churches that give the arts in a servant role in worship.  Worship is never to be arts-driven, but arts-enhanced."  (Robert Webber, The New Worship Awakening, page 115.)

Share a time in which you encountered Christ through the creative expression of an art form other than music.

Directions for Posting:  Simply click on the "comments" link in box just under this paragraph.  On the next page, use the 3rd option: "Name/URL."  Click at "Name/URL" and type in your name. Nothing is needed in the URL box. Type your introduction in the comments box; then click the publish button. Thank you for sharing!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Worship Seminar - Scheer, Chapter 1, Preparing for Friday, March 3

We begin our third book of the semester! Our reading for the upcoming session is in The Art of Worship by Greg Scheer, chapter 1.  As you read this chapter, put yourself in the role of someone exploring whether to change, or, how to structure your church's music program.  For our journal on this chapter:

1. This chapter is amazingly practical in approaching music in worship.  Therefore, as a practical exercise, create a listing of Sheer's practical tips and suggestions that you see as significant.

2. There is no doubt that Sheer tackles several interesting situations head-on!  For example, just to reference a few:  page 17-18 as well as page 29, plus others!  Choose one of these instances and share your thoughts about the approach taken.  (Consider these "situations" much like the "scenarios" that Rory Noland shared in the Worshiping Artist.)  Do we once again find Sheer to be amazingly practical?  Do you agree or disagree?

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Worship Seminar - Webber, Chapter 7, Preparing for Monday, Feb. 27

We move to Webber's chapter 7:  Encountering Christ Through the Arts.  After reading the chapter, begin your journal:

1.  In the second paragraph of the Conclusion one statement in particular connects back to page 39 and our earlier discussions.  Simply type the entire statement as a method of enriching the concept's magnitude in our minds:
"What should be prominent in worship is. . . . . ."

2.  In the same way as #1 above, complete these statements:
     A.  Worship is never to be arts-_____, but arts-______.
     B.  Churches most sensitive to the arts are churches______ . . . 

3.  Share a description of a worship service in which you encountered Christ through the creative expression of an art form other than music.

4 and 5.  The use of arts in worship, based on Scripture:
Because we believe worship should be propelled out of Scripture, select two Scripture passages of your choosing and describe how you would use art forms in worship to enhance the understanding of these passages.  Try using a different art for each, or, try connecting several art forms!

Looking forward to your creative and artistic insights.
Gerald Chafin

Monday, February 13, 2017

Allow me to introduce you to . . .

Greetings to the Worship Seminar Group (RELI 3123) AND to a special group of ministers who are following the Worship Seminar at Lindsey Wilson College.  The purpose of this site is to offer an occasional interaction for ministers and the students in our seminar as we encounter a variety of topics through our course readings.  Ministers, we invite you to read the post at the bottom of this page, "Welcome to Common Meter," as an introduction to our journey.  And, speaking of "introductions" . . . Please allow me to introduce you to each other!  

(Shockingly, in her lengthy description of proper introductory etiquette, Amy Vanderbilt did not provide guidance on how to make introductions via a blog!  Therefore, we shall set the standard that will blaze the trail for all future generations!  By following the directions below, let's randomly mix together student and minister introductions.) 

Students, it is an honor for me to work with you this semester.  We have already discovered that we have an amazing group of people in our seminar and that our discussions in class will be rich and rewarding.  Add to this some very real-world ministry insights from our guests, and the understanding you gain is even deeper.  Please introduce yourself by sharing your name, where you are from, your course of study at LWC, and something uniquely interesting about yourself. 

Ministers, it has been a blessing to connect with you and bring Lindsey Wilson College to you and your congregation.  You will receive fresh perspectives from our students and find new ideas for your current ministry.  Please share your name, where you serve, and something uniquely interesting about yourself!

Great to have the honor of introducing you!  I trust that even the Amy Vanderbilt's of the introductory-etiquette-world would approve of our approach!  

Soli Deo Gloria,
Gerald Chafin

Directions for Posting Your Introduction:  Simply click on the "comments" link in box just under this paragraph.  On the next page, use the 3rd option: "Name/URL."  Click at "Name/URL" and type in your name. Nothing is needed in the URL box. Type your introduction in the comments box; then click the publish button. Thank you for sharing!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Preparing for Monday, February 20 - Reading #1 from Webber

Our reading shifts to the Webber book, The New Worship Awakening.  chapters 1 and 3 (yes, skipping 2 for the moment).  For your journaling for Friday:

1.  Chapter One opens with a section concerning prejudices/biases we bring to worship.  As you refresh this section of the text, ask God to reveal to you prejudices about worship that you carry.  Share these in your journal, and in the sharing, attempt to release them.

2.  Interestingly, the title of the book and the title of chapter 3 might be at odds with each other.  (Gasp!)  For example, in the title of the book is the word "NEW" and in the chapter 3 title is the word "BACK."  After reading the chapter, do you think so?

3.  In Chapter 3, Webber offers his central definition of worship, AND THEN begins repeating that definition in several ways with a slightly different wording.  For this section of your journal, simply directly quote at least three of Webber's definitions that are VERY closely related!

4.  The philosophical/theological concepts presented by Webber resonate closely with one of our earlier readings.  Check out the Chapter 7 (Chafin) you have, Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise.  For this section of your journal, directly quote several of Chafin's statements that approximate Webber's approach.  What's the correlation?

5.  Still from chapter 3, recall the "Four Acts of Worship."  Type a diagram that outlines the process.