Saturday, April 25, 2015

LWC Worship Seminar - The Discipline of Confession, preparing for Tuesday, May 5, at 11:00 a.m.

Our next gathering is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5.  We will be tackling a unique set of readings:

Miller, Chapter 11, Confession, page 113
Foster, Chapter 10, Confession, page 143

In preparation, I would like to offer for our group the prayer of Ephesians 1 and 2:
"I ask the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, that He may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.  I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.  And, I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

As we approach the topic of confession, I would share with you that I regard this moment to be the entry to an incredibly sacred point in our journey.  Carefully begin the reading with the idea of coming to a reverent, holy place.  Simply read both narratives; Miller first, then, Foster.  Take it in fully; then, come back to finish considering what you will journal.   . . .  (In other words, our objective is to read without looking for answers.  Your heart and life experiences will give you the answers without a need to know the questions! Give it a try!  Come back after you've completed the reading.)

1.  Briefly describe your primary impression of the material from both authors.  Share from both authors which comment/section was most meaningful to you?
2.  In your experience and observation, do we truly offer, during worship services through prayer, the opportunity to confess sin?
3.  Use the approach that Foster advised of practicing confession (detailed in the section "Diary of a Confession"). After you have recorded what God reveals to you, bring your list in a sealed envelope to class.

Monday, January 12, 2015


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 the rhythms of faith-life that we share.  Indeed, "what is most common is truly most personal."

COMMON METER is composed here to bring together my academic and ministerial endeavors.  As conductor of the Lindsey Wilson College Singers, 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 we visit.  Throughout the 2014 spring semester we offer the opportunity for students and ministers to interact about the topics we encounter during class sessions.  Posting will begin in late January.

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 -

Truly, one aspect toward a deeper connection to our faith-life is discovering our common meters.
Soli Deo Gloria,
gerald chafin
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