S.O.S. – A parishoners guide to being prepared to Worship

What would the fly on the windshield say? Nothing now. No, not the one on the outside, the one on the inside.  You know, when you get to Gateway on a Saturday evening or a Sunday morning, if the little fly followed you into church and told someone what had been going on what would he say? I’ve heard from these flies (I don’t want to take this metaphor too far for fear that you actually start to think I talk to flies, like I’m some...

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Thanksgiving Eve Service – 11-25-09

Well, here we are again. I don’t know if very many of you do a Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving day service, but to me these services seem to just creep up on me every year. In the back of my head, I know they’re coming, but between our regular weekend services and gearing up for Christmas weekend, it seems that they just sort of appear out of no where. I find myself on the Monday before the service wondering exactly how...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0038 – Flow

Do you know what I’m talking about? You know….(long awkward pause)…. quiet song …… (long awkward pause with weird, random instrument noises) …. Loud song (scared to death from the shock of the loud sound, heart rate jumps through the roof). ….. beuler….beuler…. Etc. Picking up from last week’s episode we’re talking once again about creativity, and specifically about how...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0037 – Creativity

Routine, Rut, habit, pattern, whatever you like to call it, we all get into them. Well, this week, we’re trying to Bust Out. Not necessarily on the podcast, but in our Worship Services. Have you found yourself there? You want to be creative, you want to do things that people aren’t expecting, and you want to do things that will inspire people to keep coming back. And yet, for some reason, we keep doing the same old thing....

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Inspiration

We have a Saturday Night Service. This last Saturday night was February 14th. Know where I’m going? No, I’m not talking about the service we did, I’m talking about missing getting spend Valentine’s Day with my sweetheart. So, since we couldn’t do anything on Valentine’s day, we went out on Monday Night, the 16th instead, and it was a good night. Almost 7 years ago, my wife & I had our first...

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Creativity Takes Patience, Silence, Time, and …

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about Creativity lately. I know that many of you are a part of creative teams at your churches and you all have your own process for how come to your end result. I’ve been wanting to write what I know about how to utilize creativity in the local church, and have had trouble narrowing down the ideas, so I just decided to start writing and work it out along the way. First, let’s start...

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5 Elements of a great song – Chris from Canada

I just found a great article over on Chris’s page. Here’s the link: http://www.chrisfromcanada.com/?p=1033 Here are some of the highlights from the article: 12:37 Chris – 5 Elements of a Great Song – #1 Define Your Purpose 12:38 Chris – ‘Songs that have universal appeal fall in to that trap. They have no specific purpose and no specific meaning.’ 12:40 Chris – Lots of worship songs are filled with...

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Thanksgiving Eve Serivce Review – 11-26-08

Tonight was our annual “Thanksgiving Eve” service. I think it’s a Baptist thing. I’m sure that other churches from other denominations do a thanksgiving eve service, but I had never been a part of one until I worked at a Baptist church. Anyway, it was a good service. We had a pretty normal turnout and it was a nice relaxed time of worship and giving thanks together. Because of the relaxed atmosphere, I felt a...

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