Only one word can describe this video…AWESOME!!! Spread it around and remember…preach like the preacher you could preach like!
This got me thinking…what does this and ministry have to do with one another? Are people really aching to be a part of something larger than themselves? If so, what are we as a church doing wrong not to promote and capitalize on this?
I have been looking for words to describe my shame as an American about the protest of a mosque being built near Ground Zero. Although I have not liked everything Keith Olberman says as a MSNBC newscaster and liked every he did as a SportsCenter anchor, he gives the argument I have been looking for. Thank you Keith for calling out the big “GA” that is happening in NYC. (HT: Eric via Facebook)
Modern Church bands have all the potential to be awesome. They can bring an energy to worship that is unlike anything a single person can do on an organ or piano that speaks to the younger generations (that makes me feel so old saying that). Being that my current appointment only has a piano and organ, I do not have the pleasure of knowing what a worship band can be like but from what I have seen during Annual Conference and the rare other times I can worship in a place with one it is very exciting.
For any person who participates in worship, whether it is the person behind the pulpit, lectern, piano, microphone, organ, guitar, or the person who is so good they don’t stand behind anything, it all boils down to the same thing during worship. It is not about you. Whether you are a musician, a band, a prayerer (new word), or a preacher, you are a vessel that is being used by God. The audience is not there to see you, hear you, or do what you say. The audience, also known as the congregation, are there to worship GOD, the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. So put down your ego, your need for applause, and let God work through you.
This is a video that I saw over at Gavin’s Facebook page. I think it captures this thought well. It seems that the band leader has captured a couple of fun popular song phrases, thrown a little Jesus into the jam and called it worship. Sure, taking your shoes off on holy ground is nice but the burning bush didn’t ask Moses to swing his socks around. I have nothing against rocking out for Jesus but by the end I thought this moment of praise was more for the band and not God.
Lord, please forgive me when I wave my hands in the air like I don’t care so that people can worship me over you.
Over at the Itinerant Ministry Discussion Group on FaceBook, John Feagins compares the commercials by Ally Bank to the UMC system. Here are some of my favorites.
This one is a good model on congregational development and the parachute drop method of starting new churches.
I thought they were pretty good.
“Winner of last year’s movie of the year or an actor who has gone through a tramatic event in the past year and is here to show resilence and give false hope to future generations” announces: And the Academy Award goes to….(pause for dramatic effect)…”Movie Title”
(enjoy the sheer genius…thanks Neatorama, you never let me down)