Thursday, January 29, 2015

Worship Seminar - Noland, Chapter 5 - Preparing for Tuesday, Feb. 3

Thank you for deep and meaningful insights into our reading through your journaling.  As we prepare for Tuesday, Feb. 3, our reading is chapter 5 in the Noland text.  Continue to dive into the reading!  God's richest blessings to you on our journey into the heart of worship.

1.  Chapter 5 lists ten attributes of God. Simply make a list or chart of those attributes and write a brief summary or statement defining that element of the character of God.  (I suggest this will be most beneficial for you if you read the section first and then swing back to list and define it.)

2. With which attribute of God's character are you most familiar?  Describe your journey with this attribute of God's character.

3.  With which attribute of God's character are you least familiar?  Describe why you chose this particular attribute.

4.  After reading the opening scene on page 105-107, select the one question from page 107-108 that you would like to address about the situation Noland describes.

5.  Before our session, review your response to # 2 and # 3 above in order to share it on Tuesday.  With #3, be prepared to to share a Scripture that places your least familiar attribute in perspective. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Worship Seminar - Noland, Chapters 3 and 4 - Preparing for Thursday, January 29

As we prepare for our discussion on Thursday, January 29, we're reading Chapter 3 and 4 in the Noland text. Be diligent in study and allow God to speak to you through the reading.

1.  A quote from Tuesday's session was "Artists learn from art."  Begin your journal with as many suggestions (i.e. art forms) for non-musical ways to express praise as you can list.  (This is item #10 on page 63, referencing the story of Pastor Mark's leading worship, pages 59-61.)

2.  Page 77-78 - 3 and 9

3.  On page 100 journal about the concept of transformational worship in your life from questions 1 and 2.

4.  Chapter 4 addresses the three most important questions in life.  What are these three questions?  List the questions and then write about the most important concepts in each area for you.

5.  Bring your "updated/edited/finely-tuned" versions of the Advent readings.  I may have offered several ideas for clarity; however, go beyond these and look with fresh eyes at what you have written.  Is there anything you might like to word differently for clarity or emphasis?

Let's go with the following format/look for the upper left corner:
Your Name . . .
Worship Seminar
Lindsey Wilson College

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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