Twittering in Church: Good Idea?

•November 7, 2009 • 12 Comments

Hi all, just in case you haven’t been following the Twitter stream, I recently read this article entitled “Twittering in worship: One Methodist’s perspective” by Dr Anthony Goh in the November Issue (Vol 111 No 11) of the Methodist Message.

Dr Goh discourages from Tweeting during worship because:

  1. Moods and feelings have no part in worship, and Twitter is all about your own feelings and emotions.
  2. Twitter is about the self, and that is not right in corporate worship
  3. It is distracting and disrespectful to God.
  4. It fails the condition of worship being inclusive because some people can’t or don’t know how to use Twitter.
  5. Worship is not virtual, it is physical – we should be present in worship
  6. God does not have a Twitter account.

The last two points (5 & 6) look suspiciously like they came from this article called ""4 Reasons to Stop Twittering in Church” by Curtis Honeycutt.

What do you think of the article and Dr Goh’s arguments? Leave a comment.

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Bible Study on Worship

•October 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hi all, as I mentioned, I’m conducting Bible Study on Worship this week. Here are a few posts which I feel give a good overview of what worship is:

Part VI – Defining Worship & the Worship Service
Here I try to distinguish what the BIG concept of “worship” is, as well as break it down into the “worship service”, and “worship songs”.

Good summary of the biblical definitions in the first segment.

A Biblical Theology of Worship by Dr. Simon Chan (TTC Lecturer)
This was a course I attended, where the lecturer went into both the Old Testament and New Testament basis for worship. This is the 3rd post in that series, where he brings it all together as a “biblical theology of worship”.

Good way of seeing biblical worship from a more modern perspective.

If you have time:

Part I – Definition of Worship in the OT & NT
Part II – Definition of Worship in the Church
Part III – Definitions by Experts on Worship
Part IV – Why it’s our fault Worship is all messed up
Part V – Differences between Individual and Corporate Worship

You can post your questions here! Leave a comment!

Bible Study on Worship

•October 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hi all, I’m going to be conducting a bible study next week on “biblical worship”, and some of the ways in which we can conduct worship in a cell/small group. So I’ve been thinking through everything I’ve written on this blog and try to apply it to a cell.

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In many ways, the early church most closely resembled a cell group setting. However, we don’t always conduct communion, or have time for prayer & word & fellowship in the 2 hours or so that we meet.

So how do we properly “worship God” in a cell setting?

I’ve learnt in writing this blog that worship is defined as a:

So I’ll be sharing about how best during cell “worship”, we can best lead our fellow cell members to engage with God, and respond appropriately, according to God’s word.

What are the ways you worship in your cell group? Leave a Comment!

I Have a Reason To Worship

•September 11, 2009 • 15 Comments

Hi all, I was just listening to Tear Down the Walls this week. In the CD, there’s also a re-recording of the Desert Song (nono not dessert song).

I think it’s a great song, very well arranged especially in This Is Our God. However, I haven’t yet chosen to sing this song when I lead, because of the bridge:

All of my life, in every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

It’s the last line that puzzles me – “I have a reason to worship”. It seems a bit of a strange thing to have to say, because we only worship when there is something worthy of our adoration.

One can worship if and only if there is a reason to worship in the first place! So it doesn’t make sense to me to say that we have a reason to worship.

The only way I can think of it is that there is a case where we worship without needing a reason?  Kinda like paying lip service, or (gasp!) singing songs in church without meaning it? But then it wouldn’t be worship.

What do you think? Do we need a reason to worship?

Surrender

•September 4, 2009 • 1 Comment

Just musing today with Ian… being a worship leader is really tough. There are songs that you love and that have ministered to you and you sing over and over again them with your guitar in your room.

But when it comes to choosing songs for the service.. those songs.. just don’t fit! You’re struggling to rearrange the order, changing the keys… but in the end – God says no.

I’m glad I lead at P&P (adult service), because it really reminds me that being a worship leader is about leading the congregation to God. Congregation/God. That’s it. I have to pick songs that will lead THEM to God, not what leads ME to God.

Surrender.

A Service Format – Proposal 0.1 beta

•June 25, 2009 • 2 Comments

Hi all! Those of us in the committee to plan the the upcoming/possible/in-the-works young adults service have come up with a service format which we think incorporates the elements of 1) participation, 2) relevance, & 3) community.

The service is also based on biblical liturgical principles emphasising the Church as the living, breathing Body of Christ, which we hope will create a place where Young Adults will feel a part of, and be blessed by.

We’d like to hear your feedback on it! (all comments welcome!)

Proposed format

Pre-service fellowship

  1. Opening prayer/scripture reading/song of preparation
  2. Praise songs
  3. Scripture Reading
  4. Sermon (sermon discussion, if applicable)
  5. Song of response/Prayer/Ministry time
  6. Offering – Doxology
  7. Announcements and sharing of Church concerns
  8. Community time
    1. Small group sharing/report
    2. Testimony/Sharing of prayer requests
  9. Corporate prayer/prayer song
  10. Communion (once a month)
  11. Closing song
  12. Benediction

Post-service fellowship

Note that the placement of the announcements allows for a seamless transition from
“worship” to the sermon, maintaining the focus and the mood, while allowing time for the activities of the church to be shared with all.

Also, a dedicated “community” segment consisting of sharing, testimony and prayer will help the church to be more aware of each other and foster a sense of community.

We’d of course refine it to see what works best, SO – What do you think ? Leave a comment!

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A Service Format from Engaging with God (David Peterson)

•June 15, 2009 • Leave a Comment

image As I’m planning a service format, I came across David Peterson’s Epilogue to his book “Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship” where he describes a fictitious account of a worship service.

Here’s how his “ideal service” might pan out:

It starts with the pre-service segment:

  • Informal singing
  • Reading of scripture
  • Prayer of confession

Followed by the actual liturgical service:

  • Songs of Praise & Thanksgiving
  • Reading from OT & NT
  • Prayer before the sermon
  • Sermon (thematic, or expository; based on scripture discussed by small groups earlier in the week, prior to the sermon)
  • Prayer & closing song
  • Announcements

Time is given for public ministry:

  • Public sharing of prayer requests
  • Sharing of ministry work
  • Testimony
  • Sharing of thoughts on the sermon

Which is followed, of course, by prayer:

  • Corporate prayer (involving spontaneous prayer by the congregation)
  • Prayer in small groups (sharing with those seating nearby)

Then the matter of Holy Communion:

  • Communion song/hymn
  • Prayer of thanksgiving
  • Communion (either by passing the bread & wine, or coming forward in groups)

Closing the service:

  • Rededication (through song & prayer)

WOW! Okay that’s quite a lot to go through for a single service! But I think there’s lots of good ideas in there which involve more participation by the congregation, which I think its a bit lacking in our services today.

David Peterson writes:

“In fact, much of the service seemed to be concerned with what would come after – in the time of informal conversation after church, in home groups during the week, and in the opportunities for ministry that many shared in the neighbourhood, in the workplace and beyond.

Although the focus of the gathering was on heavenly or spiritual realities, the relevance of these truths to the world in which they lived was the pre-occupation of those who participated.”

See anything in there that you wish we had in our services? Leave a comment!

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