It has been a while since I’ve posted anything. So here we go… Last Christmas my wife got the family (but mostly me) a record player. An… Read more “Actively listening”
“Neither revolutions nor faith can be won without keen suffering. For me Christ was not to be bought for thirty pieces of silver but with my heart’s blood. We buy not cheap in this market.”
“It is not you that sings, it is the Church that is singing, and you, as a member of the church, may share in its song.”
Those words are from one of my favorite writers/thinkers/theologians/question-asker Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
As someone who gets up and leads others in song I feel it is important to get out of the way of the people. We (those up in front) need to see ourselves as part of the congregation rather than as “worship leaders.”
And in doing so we should join in with all people of God singing, not those playing instruments and holding mics, not just those in our congregation, in our town – but rather we join in songs of adoration, longing, wonder, and praise with all who call themselves children of God.
One of my new favorite bands – The City Harmonic!
I just liked this song – then my wife picked up a couple of their albums and I have to say – the City Harmonic is friggin’ awesome. First they are writing great lyrics and doing something a little different in the midst of all the music that is written now days for contemporary worship. And secondly their songs are great – fun melodies with infectious hooks – plus such an amazing energy that comes through the music.
I’ve been…to the mountaintop…
Feel free to check out their stuff:
I saw this video earlier today via Relevant Magazine’s twitter feed –
What an amazing performance of Leonard Cohen’s classic song Hallelujah!