Corny but true

624821_leave_your_markTime to change the name of this blog.

This blog has been through some transition. It began as Shared Worship, in 2006 as part of my role in worship development with AVCA.  It created space for connection, which led to developing a more focussed tool for the Vineyard worship community as that role ended. Since then, it’s all been incorporated into the AVCA website and most people have caught up with that reality.

Rather than starting a new space at the moment, I’m going with the corny title of Di-alog.

I’m sure that will get you all revved to add silly comments about that…I know you want to! 🙂

Treasure Hunters

ultimate-treasure-hunt-kevin-dedmon-paperback-cover-artWhen Greg Trainor was here recently doing a mini-conference, he  and his team introduced us to  the Treasure Hunt challenge as a way to live a risky life following Jesus on His mission. I know that this stirred up some valid issues for people here, which of course Greg is a master at doing!

Some people on the other hand, were right into it immediately. We heard a couple of stories yesterday from some who had taken up the Treasure Hunt challenge.

Another person is now engrossed in reading the book, by Kevin Dedmon. This person said that it was great to give this Treasure Hunt challenge a try before reading the book.

This comment was refreshing to hear, as it highlights the awareness that we are often really good at seeking knowledge before we allow it to enter our experience. It’s like how we read the accounts of Jesus and leave them there in the Book. Our pursuit for knowledge/ideas move us onto the next thing we need to ‘know’ before it has become a part of who we are, extending into our real, lived-out lives.

This was, in a sense, reversing the order…and for it to be reversed in a conference setting (of all places!) was very cool.

Todd Hunter

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I have bumped into Todd Hunter on a few occasions as part of the Vineyard, in both America and Australia. I have been impacted by the way he lives. He is a powerful kingdom communicator, and also a pioneer and catalyst, especially in church planting.  

He is launching into a new venture, which involves the Anglican church into which he is becoming ordained this week.

HT to Steve Addison

Resource. Recover. Re-ignite.

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt

 

This is part of the end project with Essentials Red course.

Resource – Recover – Re-ignite

What Winston Churchill said of us is true: ‘We shape our buildings and after our buildings shape us”.

Over the years, our church building has seen many walls knocked down, literally, to create more space for growth.

As we have studied the Language of Space, it is obvious where we now gather needs attention

Another strong theme is that I want this to reflect a deeper desire, that over time, our liturgy again will be strengthened and enriched being the living ‘work of the people’. For example, we are seeing momentum of confidence and expression with our artists so we want to invite their gifts to continue to rise among us.

 

So, this project is a simple tool and part of a bigger plan.

My hope is that this will be a step which may inspire reclaiming our interaction with God in prayer expressions through visual art and beyond.

 

1. Resource

Step 1. Offer this as a resource.

  • It ties together different languages of worship which need to be reclaimed in our church. (prayer, art, Scripture).
  • It will go on our website (to be used in personal devotion, or offered to small groups).
  • It will also be available to our worship leaders (one slide could be used, for example maybe during a worship gathering)

2. Recover

Step 2: Print slides to go up in our Prayer Room.

  • We have a space set aside for prayer in our building.
  • Our hope was that it would be filled with different expressions of prayer. I would love that space to inspire our hearts, and enlarge our vision in prayer.
  • Our visual artists are currently offering their gifts towards a labyrinth experience for Easter, so after that is finished I will invite/enlist their ideas/gifts to bring for the Prayer Room.

3. Re-ignite

Step 3: I anticipate a further step might be to have a night together with artists, to widen the invitation to bring other elements of expression to our gathered worship space.

 

If anyone has any thoughts to add, or tips to contribute, please let me know.

Concluding thoughts for Essentials Red

708451_hourglass_3 For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt

 

 

We all have marked, memorable moments which have shaped and sustained our personal history in the journey of aligning our life with Jesus.  

Being inclined to easily forget, we intentionally re-visit the Story we are in, to regain the impact and meaning.

Our living worship demands constant remembrance and recovery of the ideas and events that have shaped us.

So too, we will find history and tradition guiding our communal worship compass towards our future.

It calls us to REMEMBER and RECOVER the wisdom enfolded in worship from past days.

We RE-ENTER the power of daily/weekly/yearly and lifetime patterns which inform and invite us into the rhythms of God’s creation.

We RE-INVIGORATE the value and importance of physical environment, aesthetics and architecture with the understanding that it can powerfully augment our heart expression in worship.

We REDISCOVER the truth that the substance of our prayer frames what we believe. Prayer is to be rediscovered, both the heartfelt expressions of spontaneous prayer as well as the riches of written and established prayers from past and present.

We RE-INTEGRATE the public reading Scripture, as we prayerfully consider creative ways to reclaim its importance by bringing it back from the margins into the centre.

We RECALL the significance of sacraments which Jesus initiated and invited us to participate in. We anticipate the Holy Spirit revealing the mystery beyond words, as found in the symbolic actions in Eucharist and in Baptism.

We RE-ENACT these symbolic actions, knowing they convey the significant power of that event into the present.

We RECOVER the power of art and music as soul languages, which allow bridges of access and windows to the soul. In doing so, we participate in reflections of God’s heart, both to and through us.

We RE-CREATE many intentional opportunities to retell His-story, and engage hearts in refreshed ways in our day. We collaborate in recognition that these windows of beauty open up infinite ways for us to meet with God.

We seek to REGAIN ground lost, both in past and present worship expression.

We set our hearts on creating many opportunities to explore and RE-PRESENT the Story, in diverse languages and with unceasing devotion to God our Father.

 

*This is a summary of the 5 weeks and my next blog entry will be a creative project pulling out an example of some of the above.

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!

Essentials Red, Week 3

For: The Institute Of Contemporary And Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Red Online Worship History Course with Dan Wilt

 

Vincent Donavon, in his book, Christianity Rediscovered reveals insights about rediscovering the gospel as he lived among the Masai in Tanzania. He was on a voyage of discovery about how to communicate being a follower of Christ to a people who had no pre-conceived notions of the good news of Jesus. He wrestled with things like the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist, and how to connect that meaningfully for the Masai people.

His journey with them, led him to say “Do not try to call them back to where they were and do not try to call them to where you are, as beautiful as that place may seem to you. You must have the courage to go with them to a place neither you or they have been before!“.1

This provides such a framework for me as I consider the Language of Baptism and the Eucharist, as I think that many of us come to the Table, so to speak, with many preconceived notions.

“Preserving tradition is done by driving to the heart of it to understand its significance, and then by doing our best to represent it in our own context.”2.

Reading of the history and ‘tradition’ that has grown up around these two sacraments, I realise we need both courage to go with our people to a place we have never been before, but also to constantly be on the voyage of discovery with them to re-invest, re-frame and re-connect with the meaning of Baptism and the Eucharist. Re-enactment has to be filled with meaning and connection.

 A sacrament “… is literally a “sacred action,” an activity that declares an inward reality, reclaims a pivotal act or idea and invites the participant into the saving power of the past event through reenactment.” 3.

 

When it comes to re-enactment of the past, Jonny Baker has over the years, given me many signposts in the journey of working with the traditions and liturgies of the Church, giving an anchor in our fast changing culture. He is one of the courageous who I see navigating that in creative and often playful ways.4.

 

This week in our online classroom, I see there are other courageous hearts across the world reflecting on and reaching forward towards being prophetically faithful to two significant sacraments in following Jesus. For many of us, we have just arrived in our ‘Africa’ and are learning the language and just beginning our journey. Others of us are laying down our preconcieved ideas to re-frame a language that has become so familiar to us but needs reconnection. It’s a journey of discovery to reclaim meaning in our own hearts and with the people we are travelling with.

[1] Donavon, Vincent. Christianity Rediscovered, Fides/Claretian Press, Chicago, 1978

[3] Wilt, Dan. ESSENTIALS IN WORSHIP HISTORY: The Language Of Baptism: Essentials Red, St Stephen’s University, 2009  p23


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