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QUOTE – CAUSE OF ATHEISM TODAY

by on Feb.27, 2013, under Church Life

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips

and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.

That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.”

Brennan Manning

 

Now, THAT is a sobering quote.

It has been referenced a number of times, including as a prelude to the dc Talk song ‘What if I Stumble?’

 

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NEW WORSHIP ALBUMS 2013

by on Feb.26, 2013, under Worship

We are only 8 weeks into 2013 and already some big artists have released worship albums. Below are a few that are well worth checking out:

 

Chris Tomlin – Burning Lights

REVIEW

 

Elevation Worship – Nothing Is Wasted

REVIEW

 

Hillsong United – Zion

REVIEW

 

Jeremy Camp – Reckless

REVIEW

 

Sanctus Real – Run

REVIEW

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 24 FEB 2013

by on Feb.25, 2013, under Worship

Below is the theme and setlists at spch for 24 February 2013:

Jesus, King Over The Enemy (Mark 5:1-20)

 

10am:

1. Praise Him (Hillsong)

2. Holy (spch)

3. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

4. Conquered It All (spch)

 

5/7pm:

1. Desert Song (Hillsong)

2. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

3. Take Love (spch)

4. Our God (Tomlin)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-240/

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LIFE QUESTIONS: WHO AM I? WHAT DO I WANT?

by on Feb.19, 2013, under Personal

Here are the two most important and fundamental questions that we should ask ourselves?

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1. WHO AM I?

At some point in time, everyone arrives at this question. It is a deep philosophical question that relates to the meaning of life.

MY identity is not defined by what I do, or what others think of me.

I am a dearly loved child of the God of heaven and earth. I was created in His image (Genesis 1:27), and the Creator has a unique purpose for each of us.

One of my favourite Christian bands, Casting Crowns captures this question in the beautiful song, Who Am I.

 

2. WHAT DO I WANT?

Life without God is meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1:2), so perhaps the better question to ask is “What does God want?”

He is sovereign over all and like any Father, only wants what is best for us. Nothing in this world satisfies, so we need to submit to Him to experience any sort of lasting happiness and contentment.

But, how do we discern what God wants? By being in constant communication with Him. God wants to be in relationship with us and by His Spirit reveals Himself to us … if only we would listen.

 

 

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 17 FEB 2013

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Worship

Below is the theme and setlists at spch for 17 February 2013:

Jesus, King Of The Harvest (Mark 4:1-34)

 

10am:

1. For We Are Yours (spch)

2. Mercy Falls (spch)

3. Cornerstone (Hillsong)

4. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

 

5/7pm:

1. Mighty To Save (Hillsong)

2. All To See (spch)

3. So Merciful (spch)

4. Saviour King (Hillsong)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-239/

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GUITAR & BASS REPAIRS – SALT MINE

by on Feb.13, 2013, under Personal

Anyone who owns a precision instrument knows you have to take good care of it to maintain it’s quality and value. From time to time repairs need to be made and you want it to be handled by an expert.

Recently, my Warwick Thumb 5 needed some fine tuning and there was only one place I could trust.

SaltmineWeb

Salt Mine Repair Services is owned and operated by Matthew Bulluss. Those in the industry know Matt as a craftsmen and all around good guy who use to work at The Bass People. If you are in Sydney, look no further for someone to service and/or repair your guitar.

His work on my Warwick has brought it back to life. It has new gotoh tuners and new strings as well as polished frets and a setup. Love it!

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 10 FEB 2013

by on Feb.11, 2013, under Worship

Below is the theme and setlists at spch for 10 February 2013:

Jesus, King Over Your Problems (Mark 2:1-17)

 

10am:

1. Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)

3. Jesus Paid It All (Tomlin)

3. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

4. Desert Song (Hillsong)

 

5/7pm:

1. You Deserve (Hillsong)

2. All To See (spch)

3. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

4. Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-238/

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SONGWRITING – THREE KEY ELEMENTS

by on Feb.07, 2013, under Worship

Songwriting can be broken down into 3 key elements:

1. LYRICS
2. MELODY
3. HARMONY

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Below is a brief definition of each element and a TIP for those who are composing for congregational singing:

1. LYRICS

Words that express subjective thoughts and feelings.

TIP – Be creative. Obviously, the words must be biblically sound, but each phrase and line should continue the story flow, expressing the gospel in new, inspiring ways

2. MELODY

A rhythmically organised sequence of single notes that is musically satisfying.

TIP – Be creative. But it must be singable and memorable

3. HARMONY

A progression and structure of chords.

TIP – Be creative. Chords I, IV, V and VIm are most common in contemporary music, so try variations such as IIm, IIIm, VII, as well as different bass notes

 

Songs also contain a particular rhythm/feel, arrangement and of course a riff/hook, but these are topics for another post.

How long does it take to write a worship song? The team at Blimey Cow reckon you can do it in 5 minutes:

 

But seriously, the art of crafting a great song takes time…lots of time. Thomas Edison is quoted as saying,

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”.

Well, you could say the same about songwriting! Rewrite…rewrite…then rewrite some more until you have something that might really stand the test of time.

FINAL TIPS –

i) Set realistic expectations for your ministry and ask yourself why am I writing? It could take 20 attempts at a song before finding one which can be used to bless the congregation. Be encouraged by the fact each time you sit down to write/sing/play, is an opportunity to worship God

ii) Listen to lots of music, from various artists for inspiration. Analyse what you like/dislike about it?

ii) Find someone you trust who can give you constructive, honest feedback. Listen and be willing to accept feedback humbly that is both positive and negative. They are not ridiculing your first born son!

iii) Try co-writing with a number of different people. More and more popular songs nowadays are composed by multiple writers who enjoy working with one another

My good friend Chris from Canada has written a complete series on songwriting, titled Write Worship Songs. This goes into much more depth and is full of practical advice for writers.

Happy writing!

 

 

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JOB TITLES: DIRECTOR MINISTER PASTOR

by on Feb.04, 2013, under Church Life, Personal

What’s in a title?

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Just recently, it was decided that job titles for staff members at spch would be standardised. Instead of a range of titles used such as ‘x Director’, ‘x Minister’, ‘x Pastor’, ministry staff are now all ‘x Minister’. It’s a pragmatic decision, that is primarily based on our location and denomination. The word ‘Director’ is more common in the corporate world, and ‘Pastor’ is more common overseas and in charismatic churches.  This does not mean that there’s anything wrong with those titles, in fact I personally prefer the title ‘Pastor’. For reasons of consistency and clarity, ‘Minister’ is the word of choice at spch for now.

My personal job title is therefore CREATIVE MINISTER. Does that mean that the other ministers are NOT ‘creative’? Ha, of course not. I oversee the Creative Department, which programs all of the volunteers and elements of our Sunday Service’s. The title could have just as easily been ‘Music Minister’, or ‘Worship Minister’, but again for pragmatic reasons ‘creative’ was decided as the most appropriate for me at present. My job description hasn’t changed, just the title that I use on written, online and verbal correspondence.

Go HERE for a full list of staff members at spch.

Over the year’s I have come across some unusual job titles. Here’s a sample of some of the most creative ones:

Director of First Impressions – Receptionist

Head Honcho – Owner/Proprietor

Garbologist – Rubbish Collector

For other interesting job titles, check out:

Business Insider – 50-weirdest-job-titles

 

Bren McLean

Creative Minister

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SUNDAY SETLISTS – 3 FEB 2013

by on Feb.04, 2013, under Worship

Below is the theme and setlists at spch for 3 February 2013:

Jesus, King Of The Ages (Mark 1:1-15)

 

10am:

1. Happy Day (Hughes)

2. 10,000 Reasons (Redman)

3. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

4. Praise The Saviour (spch)

 

5/7pm:

1. No Reason To Hide (Hillsong)

2. All To See (spch)

3. The One Who Saves (Hillsong)

4. Praise The Saviour (spch)

 

This is a weekly post, as part of the Sunday Setlists initiative:

http://www.theworshipcommunity.com/sunday-setlists-237/

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