Monday, February 8, 2016

Preparing for Friday, February 12

As we prepare for our discussion on Friday, February 12, we're reading chapters 2 and 3 in the Noland text.  Be diligent in study and allow God to speak to you through the reading.  This week we're reading significant material about understanding the character of God and how we should respond to His attributes.  I pray God's blessing to give you a sacred space to "grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ" Ephesians 3:18.

1.  After reading the worship team's discussion, write your thoughts to number 6 OR 9, selecting one from page 37/38.

2.  As you come to page 55, write two reflective responses:
     A.  Choose #2, OR #4.
     B.  Choose #8, OR #9.

3.  After reading Pastor Mark's story, work with page 62, numbers 5-8, journaling about what angle comes to your mind.

4.  Page 62, #10:  Make a list of non-musical ways to express praise.

5.  Page 77-78:  Based on our reading, which question should you respond to through journaling?

I'm impressed by how you share in our discussions.  Looking forward to Friday's session!
Gerald Chafin

Friday, February 5, 2016

Worship Seminar: Preparing for Monday, February 8

Monday, February 8, we begin our discussion of Rory Noland's book:  The Worshiping Artist.  Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy a good read!  This text will help us to explore our own hearts as well as gain a deeper and richer understanding of the character of God.

For your typed journal, prepare the following for our session from your reading of Chapter 1:
       A.  Begin reading at page 19.  Start a list of Noland's use of the phrase "worship is . . ."  He offers several thoughtful ways of describing worship.  You'll find several significant definitions, write them in order to internalize the meanings.
       B.  Check page 33, number 9 and number 1.  They both are pointing in the same direction.  Journal your personal response.
       C.  On a separate page, bring your writing for Advent Candle 3.

Your responses to these items will be the starting point for our group conversation.

It's good to have you in the class!  I'm glad that we are together on a journey toward the heart of worship.
Gerald Chafin

Monday, January 4, 2016


Welcome to COMMON METER:  a distinctive merging of the definitions of common and meter to create a multi-layered meaning of these words.  Our purpose is to observe some of the rhythms in faith-life that we share.  It has been said, "What is most common is truly most personal."

COMMON METER is composed here to bring together my academic and ministerial endeavors.  As conductor of Lindsey Wilson College choral ensembles, I will share insights about our concerts and touring.  And from the unique ministry of connecting churches to Lindsey Wilson College, this location will provide a "thought-full" place for LWC students participating in the Worship Seminar to engage with the pastors and ministers of music from churches.  Throughout the 2016 spring semester we offer the opportunity for students and ministers to interact about the topics we encounter during class sessions.

More about "Common Meter"
Meter is a term used in music and in poetry. In fact, "common meter" is an important term in hymnology; it is meter at, meaning the alternation of eight and six syllables per line or phrase. For example, the hymn O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing is based on common meter:
O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer's praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.

Notice that the first line is 8 syllables, the second line is 6 syllables, the third line is 8 syllables and the final line is 6 syllables. Ta-da!  Thus, the stanzas of this majestic hymn are in common meter -

Indeed, one aspect toward a deeper connection to our faith-life is discovering our common meters.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Gerald Chafin
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