NEW SONG WORKSHOP I UPDATE
Our first New Song Workshop was help Sunday, January 29th with great success! 36 people attended. The goals of the workshop were threefold: 1) develop a greater understanding of why music holds such personal meaning for us, 2) develop a favorite-music profile for the church, and 3) begin constructing the lyrics for a song that encapsulates our LMPC journey over the past two years. To create a framework for discussion, we used Jeff Todd Titon’s Music Culture Model (from World’s of Music). This model is on display in the Fellowship Hall, inviting YOU to add your thoughts to our church-wide discussion. We also revealed the results of our favorite-song survey. A total of 104 people responded to the survey. 52 people chose a favorite song in the style of a pre-1900s hymn. 32 people chose a favorite song in the style of a song from 1900-1980s, and 17 people chose a song in the style of music from 1990s to the present. The next phase of our workshop will be held during the Sunday School hour on February 26th. We will choose a song-structure that can be played equally well with organ and our Praise Band. We will also flesh out more details of our song, and begin putting it to music. Once again, this workshop will be presented in a way that anyone can participate, not just musicians. Don’t worry if you missed the first workshop—you can still join us on February 26th. This is a COLLECTIVE effort to shape the future of who we want to be as a congregation, and we want YOU to be a part of that. And, of course, thanks to everyone who attended the first workshop and shared your inspiring stories!
Sing a New Song Part 2, February 26, 2017
In Deuteronomy 27, right before Israel is about to enter the Promised Land (after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years), Moses reminds Israel about the covenant that God made with them on Mt. Sinai (back in Exodus). He reminds them how God took them out of a period of suffering and slavery, a very terrible period in the history of Israel, and freed them. However, Israel was quick to forget God’s commands and His salvation (which is why they ended up wandering for 40 years). So Moses reminds Israel that if they follow after God, loving Him, and keeping His commands, that God will bless them as they enter the Promised Land. Even though they are entering the Promised Land, the work is not done yet. They still have a lot to accomplish, but God will stand by them and help them on their journey, and as long they don’t stray away from Him, God will bless them, but if they do stray away from God, they will end up experiencing a lot of suffering all over again. So Moses tells them in Deut. 27:2-3 “2 When you have crossed the Jordan into the land the Lord your God is giving you, set up some large stones and coat them with plaster. 3 Write on them all the words of this law when you have crossed over to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.”
These large stones were set up to remind Israel about this covenant from Mt. Sinai. So in our church, we’re not going to use large stones. Instead we are going to write a song that will help us remember how our church went through a dark time. This song is going to represent our covenant with God. We still have a lot of work to do as a church, but God will help us on our journey as long as we follow Him.
And then in Ephesians 5:8, 15-20
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is…18b Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
So our church went through a dark period, but we have come out of the darkness, and must remember to make wise choices, being filled with the Spirit. God commands us that rather than living foolishly, we should spend our time “19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” So our song that we are going to compose will help us to remember to make wise choices, and to live in a spirit of thankfulness that God never left our side during this experience.