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@SarcasticLuther (Nadia Bolz-Weber) tweeted:

every week I look at the texts for Sunday and think “sh*t. i have absolutely nothing to say about this. i’ve had a good run but it’s over”

I love it. Refreshingly truthful. While it might seem like having nothing to say about a Scripture text is a bad thing, it actually is very good. At the end of human understanding and wisdom, the knowledge of the Lord and the movement of the Spirit step in. Having nothing to say can allow the space for God to say what needs to be said.

I think this is something worship musicians struggle with a lot also. Every week we are faced with the equal task of ordering and supporting an environment that best supports the Word of God and the work of the Spirit. Even selecting songs can feel uninspiring and impossibly cliche. How do you consistently find ways to gather people together in a spirit of confession, adoration, praise, and humility – every 7 days. Once again, this is a good place to let go and let the Spirit do the leading.

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JD Walt writes a blog that I’ve just subscribed to. He says twittering in worship services may help draw attention where it needs to be…

We have become so accustomed to worship being a “one or few to many” kind of event. We pay attention to and follow a person who is leading music or to a person who is preaching a sermon. Note how the seating is most often arranged (i.e. classroom style).
Social networking introduces us to a range of tools that enable a “many to many” kind of relational and communication dynamic. It seems that this would be good for worship– wouldn’t it?

I guess it depends on what people are tweeting about. Are they tweeting about where to eat lunch after. . . . . . or are they tweeting about flashes of insight occurring to them as a result of being together in worship. I would say the former example cultivates distraction while the latter cultivates attention. A more difficult distinction– are we using twitter to capture insights for later reflection or for present conversation? Latter seems better to me– but former may be ok too.

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OK, if you haven’t figured it out, I heart Twitturgies. If you’re a worship musician and you tweet, you need to follow this. Last week one came through that really got me thinking:

in worship a servant, in service a worshipper.

Those are pretty good lyrics right there, with enough content to fill a book. I think it’s a great summary of what it means to be a worship musician. Through our own acts of worship and devotion, we are able to serve others by leading the way into God’s presence. And as we serve others by way of musical leadership, we transform the musical offering into the spiritual offering of worship. This is moving beyond being a worship leader, or a lead worshipper, to being a worship servant.

I often tell the teams I work with that the worship musician’s role is to be a servant leader. The service we provide should go beyond just the musical offering. The worship musician should be ready and willing to mop the floor, break down the tables, change the diapers, and take out the garbage. It is easy to believe that as worship leaders, we do most of our worship leadership from the stage. But our best times of worship leadership come from serving, and worshiping through service.

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the power of ONE

One day. One word. One prayer. One open door. One chance. One dance. One cup of water given to the poor. Teach me, God the power of one.

from Twitturgies

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Twitturgies

Discovered from Jonny Bakertwitturgies.

If hope at times is hard to hold, you are still God. If dreams are dashed and desires delayed, you are still God. Still me, God, to know you.

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First let me say, I got my first issue of Collide today, and I think it’s a magazine you should know about. Their tag line is “where media and the church converge.” This issue has a great article about why you should twitter:

When a pastor is on Twitter, a two-way relationship can develop between the pastor and the congregation as each is privy to the unfolding narrative of the lives of the other. As a result, engagement offline can develop more effectively.

Mars Hill Church (Seattle) recently made the news for embracing Twitter during church services. They see it as a way for people to share their experiences with others and to dispel what some people may think about a church service. Mars Hill has also harnessed the power of Twitter to keep their congregation updated and connected. Check it out: http://twitter.com/MarsHill

Even some of the major denominations have joined the Twitter world:

The Church of England
The Presbyterian Church *USA*
ELCA

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But the day I start twittering, I get my first follower

loswhit

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