"Do you like modern music?"
I love all kinds of Christmas music. Sacred, secular, traditional, offbeat, soft, loud, etc. So I thought it would be fun to post a few of my favorites between now and December 25th. Here’s the first:
After seeing a mashup of Yoda, Dumbledore and Gandalf I was inspired to whip up this:
Our children stay in Sunday worship for the whole service. Usually they draw, read a book, or do some other activity, but my son (6) will often listen to parts of my sermon. A little over a month ago he gave me some feedback by telling me he likes it better when I use more pictures.
Our sanctuary has a projector system that we use in our contemporary and traditional worship, and generally I have between 4-8 pictures that accompany the sermon. If I’m talking about Aron Rolston (127 Hours) then I’ll show a picture of Aron Rolston. If I’m talking about joy I’ll show a picture of someone smiling and laughing.
Like many others in my denomination, I have been following the FOP (Fellowship of Presbyterians) gathering being held right now in Minnesota. I have been following it almost exclusively through twitter and the hashtag #MN2011. It’s an interesting way to follow the conference because it is a mix of people there who are excited about the ideas being presented and discussed, some who wish they could be there, and a fair amount of people who are anything but supporters of FOP. As I am watching the comments fly back and forth (and writing some of my own), I see a familiar pattern of conversation that has typified this conversation for years.
I will be anxiously following the conversation and information coming out of the Fellowship PC(USA) gathering that is happening very soon in Minneapolis. I will be watching as someone who does not believe the PC(USA) is “deathly ill” or that the passage of amendment 10-A was a departure from faithfully following God and the teachings of the Bible. I will also be watching as a Co-Pastor of a church that has had division and conflict over the passage of Amendment 10-A. This division has led to a significant number of people leaving our church, a decrease in giving, and the unfortunate but necessary release of two of our staff because of the decrease in giving.