Archive for July, 2010

29
Jul
10

Worship On Purpose

As promised in my last blog, here is an excerpt from an actual lesson plan used in the CBC Kids Choir program. It is a worship/devotion time you could use to teach older elementary Kids Choir on how to ‘worship on purpose.’

Select two worship songs the kids know very well.  You will use one prior to the devotion and close with the other.

Sing song #1 and model worship for the kids.

Maintain reverence and read this Bible verse together (on powerpoint)

“One thing I ask, one thing I seek the most is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s beauty and meditating in His temple”. Psalm 27:4

  1. What is the psalmist’s #1 goal? (To be where God is)
  2. What does it mean to delight in God’s beauty? (be amazed at God’s greatness)
  3. What does it mean to meditate in God’s temple? (be focused in God’s presence)

Here are some things you can do to help you worship:

  1. Don’t just go through the motions. Sing and dance with 100 % attention.
  2. Focus on the words you are singing. Make sure your heart means them.
  3. If you can’t feel a connection to God, then ask Him if there is a sin you need to confess or a distraction that’s bothering you. Then let it go.

Let’s pray. Have the kids echo you.

Dear Jesus / Thank You for being real to me / Thank You for music that brings me into Your presence. / Help me to focus on You / Help my heart mean the words that my mouth sings. / I want worship to be the most important thing in my life. Amen.

Now, you’re going to hear a worship song start to play. I want you to be very quiet and concentrate on the words – sing them with your heart and not your mouth. I want you to talk to God and tell Him how much you mean these words. If there is a sin you need to ask forgiveness for, do it now. Then in a few minutes we will stand and sing the song together. Close your eyes and listen.

Play song #2. Maintain great reverence; listening, praying. At an appropriate point, stand up and begin singing out loud, encourage the kids to join you.  Close with another prayer thanking God for His presence.

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28
Jul
10

Operation: Organization

It’s a whirlwind of a summer. We’ve just finished a wonderfully successful VBS and are currently knee-deep in Kids Choir registration. With 169 kids age 4-12 currently signed up, we are about 25% of the way toward our totals from last year. It is amazing and humbling to realize that 169 people gathering to worship is a CHURCH and not a children’s program in so many places. It truly is such a blessing to be a part of training and molding the next generation of worshippers.

At this point, we have essentially turned our back on the summer and are in full-on preparation for the fall. For me, that means operating in two modes – creative and logistical. I used up most of my time for creativity early this summer while creating curriculum, choosing songs & t-shirt designs, and generally developing the year for the first & second grade choir. I have moments of that now in tweaking what’s been done; but primarily, my focus is hammering out the twelve million details that arise in the course of preparing for a new Kids Choir year. And as tedious as some of those first-step, organizational tasks may be, it is the backbone for creating an effective and growing program. When parents are confused and frustrated, you may never see their children again.

Here are a few day-to-day practical tips that allow functionality:

1. Take advantage of technology. A few years ago, we moved our registration process online. I had to learn the rather persnickety details of our database (we use Fellowship One). It was not always easy, it does not always serve every purpose we’d like it to. But I keep at it and keep learning so that we can take advantage of what is a huge time-saver in the long run. From that one form, they are automatically given a class assignment and added to the overall roster. We’ve collected their t-shirt size, found out about their interest in auditioning for solos or dance, received their parent’s consent to photograph them, AND collected the registration payment. And I can run a spreadsheet with a few simple clicks to sort through all of those categories. It’s amazing and I love it. And yes, you will run into opposition by those who remember the way “you’ve always done things.” Yes, you will have to sometimes figuratively walk through the steps with a parent over the phone, or literally as you stand behind them at a church computer. But they will adapt and you will save time and energy. Don’t have a similarly equipped database? No worries – there are so many advances in technology now. Reach out and grab them. Challenge yourself to learn one new thing this year, even if it’s as simple as how to promote your group on Facebook or Twitter.

2. Separate those creative and logistical days out. As a friend and I recently discussed, it is a misguided notion that multi-tasking is necessary to get work done. My brain works so much better when focused on a task until completion. I have creative days and task-centric days. Do I work on a lot of things throughout the day – sometimes simultaneously? Absolutely. But I balance my workload so I can focus on similar things at the same time. Know yourself and your abilities.

3. Be personal. When I have 15-20 emails every day wanting to know what week night we meet, it is easy to respond with WEDNESDAY and let that be it.  Remind yourself to treat the fiftieth person in the same way you treated the first. This might just be the first contact that they’ve had not only with your ministry, but with the entire church body. Make a good first impression, even through email…it will last.

4. Be prompt. Remember when I said I separate my days? Regardless of how I spend the rest of it, I make sure I spend time answering questions and following through on things I’ve said I would do in a timely manner.

5. Delegate. The only way I can possibly attempt to get everything done (and on time) is by knowing when to pass the task on. And then the hard part: not worrying about it anymore. Likewise, delegate your time. As many of you know (or have guessed), I am the sort of person who doesn’t like to say no. And sometimes I don’t have the option to do so. But one thing I’ve learned is this: be up-front with your expectations about how and when you can do whatever new thing is being thrown your way. There is no shame in saying, “yes! I’d love to take that on! It looks like I’m slamming busy for the next two weeks, but I’ll be happy to devote my full attention to XYZ the week of Septober the 45th.” It gives you the advantage of not overwhelming yourself in the immediate and the other person the courtesy of knowing when their request will be completed.

Hint: know your audience…not all tasks can be delayed. Sometimes simply saying, “sounds great – when do you anticipate getting XYZ accomplished?” will work to the same advantages.

Balance yourself and take it one task at a time.

m

27
Jul
10

Help for Recording Your Choir

Hello to all the sound men out there.  This week, I’ll give you a tip on recording your choir.  Let’s say that you have a nice music track and now you want to “overdub” your choir singing along with it.  The choir members will listen to the track through earphones and you will use one or two microphones to record their voices.  But if there are 50 people in the choir, you will need 50 sets of headphones!  And 50 wires to feed signal to those headphones!

You could set up “monitor” speakers for the choir to listen… but then that sound bleeds into your vocal microphones.

The trick is to use an FM Transmitter to send the track to the choir members.  Buy the transmitter from Ramsey Electronics:  http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/

Select an FM channel (frequency) that is not used in your area, and “broadcast” the track in your choir recording room.

Have each singer buy a small FM Radio.  There are several available- here’s one from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/R2825-Portable-Am-fm-Radio/dp/B002ANQIFG

Costs about 8 dollars and comes with earbuds.

This greatly simplifies your monitoring system for the choir.  No cables on the floor to trip on.  Each choir member can set the volume of their radio where they like it!

If you want to get fancy, you could buy four transmitters – each set to a different channel.  One is broadcasting the track with a guide Soprano part, one has a guide Alto part, etc.  The Sopranos tune in to their channel, the Alto tune in to the Alto channel, etc.

Next week I’ll show you a simple test apparatus I designed for trouble shooting audio problems.

Marius Perron

26
Jul
10

What Is Worship?

Many times, the things I read on worship are repetitive and not very inspiring, but this is an excerpt from something that came to my desk the other day and I found it very refreshing. It is four simple statements that give us reason to contemplate our own worship.

Worship has an object.

Worship involves an expression.

Worship expresses a hierarchy or dependence.

Worship has a context.


We are created to worship and all of us do worship. What we worship is a choice that we all have. If you wonder what a person worships, just watch what they spend the most energy on or what they are most devoted to. It may be work, sports, family, wealth, or position, but whatever it is can be determined by how it occupies their thoughts and desires. What we worship also must be of greater value to us than ourselves. We don’t worship something that isn’t worth our attention. Hopefully, we all will turn away from the idols of our lives and focus our worship on the true and living God. True worship is centered on relationship between Creator and His creation. Our relationship to God is cultivated in intimate moments spent with Him. It is in those moments that we become both responsive and expressive to the One we love and cherish. Worship is not a style or a tradition or a method, but it is the outpouring of one’s deepest affections. Much more than an ordinary offering, worship is a sacrifice offered to a loving God who desires our attention and love. “Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips that give thanks to His name.” Hebrews 13:15  Let me conclude by finishing the statements previously made in this way.

The object of our worship is God Himself.

The expression is a response to His revealed truth.

The dependence is that of one created on their Creator.

The context of our worship is a relationship to God that is initiated by Him.


Selah!

Ray Jones

24
Jul
10

John David on Location

John David is on his annual mission trip to Peru. Check out his video blog – enjoy!


JD video blog and Sponsorship video from Taylor Stakes on Vimeo.

22
Jul
10

WELCOME TO MY STUDIO

My name is “Miss Mary Alice” and I am the Director of the CBC School of Fine Arts.

In future posts, you will be meeting the outstanding members of the faculty and hearing about the exciting opportunities and events our school has to offer.

We are blessed to have a beautiful facility with soundproof studios, an acoustically designed recital hall with a Baldwin 9 ft. concert grand piano, and state of the art sound and recording equipment. Our students are provided opportunities to become involved in a variety choirs and musical ministries available at CBC for all ages.

Since the Tabernacle of David, music and song have been an integral part of worship and we are a worshipping church. We desire to give our great God our best and most excellent praise through our vocal and instrumental skills. Psalm 33:1-5 says, “Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord, for it is fitting for the pure to praise him. Praise the Lord with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp. Sing new songs of praise to him; play skillfully on the harp and sing with joy!” (NLT)

21
Jul
10

3 Core Relationships: Part 1

In my last blog entry, I mentioned my discovery of three core relationships that we need to maintain in order to be the most effective worship leaders we can possibly be: our relationship with God, our relationships with our worship leaders, and our relationship with our congregation. This week we will look at the first of the three.

I think so often in ministry we tend to not mention the obvious – that we as worship leaders need to keep our relationship with God in a healthy state. We know the basics: read your Bible, pray, and spend time worshiping God behind closed doors. The basics are great, but if we’re talking about being the “most effective,” we can be, then where’s the next level?

Worship is all about making God the most important thing in our lives. In order to worship Him we must remove the things that prevent our arms from lifting up His name. So if we are called to be worship leaders and truly want to experience the fullness of God’s anointing, our lives need to be a series of continual acts of worship so that we are completely dialed into and aligned with our calling.

Two things that have helped me achieve this alignment are obedience and timely confession followed by repentance. Just by practicing these two things on a daily basis, I am finding that my worship leading is reaching another level of depth, intensity, and passion. My daily maintenance plan looks like this:

Obedience – I maintain a radar that listens for God’s voice telling me to act. This could be an act of surrender, a step forward in a certain direction, or a phone call. I do my best to follow through, remembering that if I am not obedient, I am not putting Him first. I am not worshiping God with my life.

Timely confession followed by repentance – I am intentional about specifying “timely” because when I sin and choose to delay my confession, not only do I choose to exalt the sin, but I also delay my repentance. Repentance is the action that backs up the integrity of my confession by choosing to turn the other direction. If I choose not to confess and live with my sin and guilt and not change course, then I am not putting Him first. I am not worshiping God with my life.

It has become a very simple cause and effect relationship for me: when I worship God with my life, I am a better worship leader. Not because of anything I do of my own strength, but because my life yields to the power of the Holy Spirit who is then free to move through me without anything getting in the way.

After unlocking this simple truth, I can honestly say that the most powerful, intimate times I’ve had leading worship have occurred during seasons where my calling is but a Holy reverberation of living a life that worships the King.




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