National Vineyard Worship Leader’s Retreat

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The word is out!!! 

There will be a retreat for Aussie Vineyard Worship Leader’s in August ’09.

We are thrilled that Dan and Anita Wilt will be our guests this year.

You’ll find more info here. (Early bird rego’s can be made NOW and you’ll also find more fun pics from the tremendous 08 retreat in Vic!)

Adam and Steph

Be ready for anything in 09!

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Westgate Vineyard Church Begins

Peter and Kathy Downes, along with their team, are having their first public gathering this Sunday to launch Westgate Vineyard Church. More details and updates are on their website.

David Ruis in Melbourne

The Fragrance of Worship with David Ruis
… an exploration of the fusion of community, justice and creativity in the church today.
I know this is a bit of a way off, but don’t want you to miss out so I’m giving you the ‘heads up’ for the Melbourne dates, at YVV.

 

Tuesday 28th October, 2008   

7:30-9:30pm(-ish)  

An evening for Victorian Vineyard worship community.

This is for Vineyard worship leaders and members of worship teams. 

 

Wednesday 29th October, 2008

7:30pm The Fragrance of Worship Concert

Open for all.

Register online or pay at the door.

You can find out more from the AVCA website. 

What? You’re kidding!

I know, I know! You thought this site was dead and buried, but I’m resurrecting it! If you are a regular visitor you’ll see some focus on worship as I’m participating in the Essentials Blue worship studies online course done via St Stephen’s Uni with Dan Wilt and crew. This space will be carrying quite a few posts related to that…so I’m just warning you!!!

Looking forward to writing again….it’s been a good break!

REturning and REfreshed

After a great break, I’m back at the computer. I’ve had such a wonderful time away and have been kept busy with all sorts of things.

Ten weeks and alot can happen…there seems to have been alot of ‘life’ going on in that time…babies being born, engagements, weddings, birthdays…and so on. I’m catching up with all this ‘news’ from people here, there and everywhere. Things which both contain drama as well as the normal routine of life. I hear from a friend who came home to find their house ablaze; others who are in hospital having surgery; a resignation; lawns that have grown even without rain; a new couple coming to YVV as Lead Pastor; things broken which I need to attend to; people moving to the ski fields and some have left overseas.

So while there’s an appreciation of feeling very relaxed and certainly refreshed, this first week has been very much full of ‘news’.

People have asked me what my highlights have been. I always answer ‘ah definitely a highlight was not having to work!’ To which I’m amazed that there’s been a diversity of reactions. Now I love to work and to be a part of all that involves. But what a gift to have the opportunity to experience time away assisting me to realign with a different rhythm. This has been so worthwhile.

I heard a great interview with Eugene Peterson (author of The Message Bible) about balance and rhthym verses living by schedule. He says rhythm is very much geared towards the individual and we don’t do it all in the same way. It has been a challenge, but a rich thing to learn more about that. Eugene talks about living out of who you are in relation to who Jesus is. We find it so hard to escape this scheduled world we live in. 

Some people can walk in three-quarter time and some in four four time, like a dance. You have to find it out of your own body, your own life, your own history. Eugene says that for many of us, the place it begins is the Sabbath. In this interview, he talks about specifics of what that can look like. He shares with such a handle on reality…drawing in those of us who live with mobile phones, PDA’s, laptops and so on, and to those who live in the context of young families and all their needs. If you get a chance to go over to Catalyst Podcast, Episode 5.

There’s a lot of talk about how do we have longevity with this life of faith, without getting burnt out and running on our own resources. Right now, I’m aware of what it is like to be REfreshed, REconnected, REjuvinated, REignited, RElaxed and Really grateful that God gifted me with that time away.

Auto Pilot or melt down?

Things are slowing down on this post for just a little while…I’m snowed under as I prepare to take some time away on leave for 10 weeks! How cool is that and yes, I’m counting down (I start on Monday 12th Feb.) But as you all know, there’s alot to do to prepare for an exit!

My brain is on auto-pilot as I run to finish this week… so blogging won’t be very succinct anyway (see it’s all about protecting you all from rantings and ravings!) Seriously, I’m not sure how the blog is going to go wedged into the new site, so this one might be redeveloped or renamed or reshaped…when I get my brain back!

Meanwhile, I’ll see if I can venture back here before I fly off to my break…right now, I’m sitting in a very hot room, and my autopilot brain is actually in meltdown!

Ready Set Go

This week has been a little focussed on trying to get this new site www.vineyardworship.org.au underway.

Apart from a few little hiccups and tech issues, I have been really pleased to hear that so many of you have visited with no probs. I am looking forward to seeing ‘your’ contributions as this site is designed for that purpose.

Thanks for those who have signed up already for the forums. Again, that’s another step to sign you but it’s only a one time thing. For those of you new to all this, and are wondering how it all works, download the user guide. It will help you step by step easy pointers. People tell me forums never work. We’ll see…

Again, thanks for your responses, maybe over the weekend we’ll see people putting things up.

Email your blogs to us as well so we can link them for you. Why? Cos there’s great stuff out there and I would love us all to see it!

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