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.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Worship Seminar - Noland, Chapters 6 & 7 - Preparing for Friday, February 10

According to our syllabus, we've come to Session 7 which moves us through Chapters 6 & 7 of the Rory Noland text.   I want to restate how significant these readings are to our theological understanding of worship.

Let's recall the structure of where Noland is going:  In chapter 4, we were presented the 3 most important questions in life:  Who is God?  Who am I?  What is God inviting me to do?

Next, the text fans out into major discussion of those questions: 1.) Chapter 5 considers "Who is God?"  2.) Chapter 6 considers "Who Am I?"  3.) Chapter 7 considers "What is God inviting me to do?" And the artistic beauty of this outline is that they connect in amazing ways.  Therefore, really hit the reading for our next gathering!  In your journaling, write the following:

1.  Chapter 6 lists ten characteristics of your identity in Christ. Like in chapter 5, make a list or chart of those attributes and write a brief summary or statement defining that element of your identity in Christ.

2.  Chapter 7 lists ten invitations from God.  Again, make a list or chart of the invitations and write a brief summary or statement defining the invitation.

3.  You journaled the following question related to Chapter 5: With which attribute of God's character are you most familiar? With which attribute of God's character are you least familiar?  Now that you have read through Chapter 7 and seen the chart on page 175 which aligns chapters 5, 6, and 7; how does this affect your response to those questions you previously journaled? A deeper understanding? A totally different understanding?

Friday, February 3, 2017

Preparing for Monday, February 6, Noland: Chapter 5

As we prepare for Monday, our reading is chapter 5 in the Noland text.  Continue to dive into the reading!  God's richest blessings to you on our journey into the heart of worship.

1.  Chapter 5 lists ten attributes of God. Simply make a list or chart of those attributes and write a brief summary or statement defining that element of the character of God.  (I suggest this will be most beneficial if you read the complete section first and then swing back to list and define.)

2. With which attribute of God's character are you most familiar?  Describe your journey with this attribute of God's character.

3.  With which attribute of God's character are you least familiar?  Describe why you chose this particular attribute.

4.  After reading the opening scene on page 105-107, select the one question from page 107-108 that you would like to address about the situation Noland describes.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Worship Seminar - Noland, Chapters 3 and 4 - Preparing for Friday, February 3

We had a good discussion in Monday's session.  Thanks for your good participation and insights.

As we prepare for our discussion on Friday, February 3, we're reading Chapter 3 and 4 in the Rory Noland text. Be diligent in study and allow God to speak to you through the reading.

1.  A quote from Monday's reading was "Artists learn from art."  Begin your journal with as many suggestions (i.e. art forms) for non-musical ways to express praise as you can list.  (This is item #10 on page 63, referencing the story of Pastor Mark's leading worship, pages 59-61.)

2.  Page 77-78 - 3 and 9

3.  On page 100 journal about the concept of transformational worship in your life from questions 1 and 2.

4.  Chapter 4 addresses the three most important questions in life.  What are these three questions?  List the questions and then write about the most important concepts in each area for you.

Continue with the following format/look for the upper left corner:
Your Name . . .
Worship Seminar
Lindsey Wilson College

See you Wednesday at Chapel and Friday at our session!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Worship Seminar - Noland, Chapter 1 & 2 - Preparing for Monday, Jan. 30

With the possibility of winter weather coming to our area this weekend, it's the perfect time to begin our reading of Rory Noland's book - The Worshiping Artist.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a good read!  This text will help us to explore our own hearts as well as gain a deeper and richer understanding of the character of God.

Our reading in Rory Noland's The Worshiping Artist is chapter 1 and 2.  Journal on the following (typed) and bring your insights to discuss and turn in:
       A.  Begin reading at page 19.  Make a list of Noland's use of the phrase "worship is...."  He offers several thoughtful definitions.  (Yes, we're still working on defining worship!)  Which of his definitions resonates most with you?
       B.  Check page 33, number 9 and number 1.  They both are pointing in the same direction.  Journal your personal response.
       C.  Page 37, number 6, journal a response.
       D.  Page 55, write a reflective response to 2, 4, 8, OR 9.  (Only choose one.)

From this point throughout the course, your responses in journaling will be the starting point for our group conversations.  

It's good to have you in the class!  I'm glad that we will join together in the journey toward the heart of Christianity:  worship.
Gerald Chafin