Friday, September 18, 2009

Puttin' out a BOLO

Please, help me.

I am on looking for good Voltron fanfiction, specifically for Sven x Allura pairings, which are extremely hard to find. If anyone has any links please send them my way.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A new song.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
Psalms 1:1-6

(completely unrelated to the post below, lol)


This morning (5/24/09) the praise and worship team had a discussion after practice about choice of songs for the service. My sister, who is the drummer complained that the songs didn't move her, she felt we should be playing different songs, blah, blah, blah.

The response from the rest of the worship team was that my youngest sister needed to pray, because maybe she has a problem and needed to focus on fixing that because it's the words of the song, the message that mattered.

On one hand I agree and understand that praise and worship is not a musical performance. Our focus should be on God and the words of the song which are to him and about him.

However, if the music didn't matter we wouldn't play it or sing it at all. If only the content of the song was important then we would only recite the words. The music of a song can add or detract from the time of outward communal praise, and it is the job of the leader to determine--correctly--which songs will do so in the best way and convey the message that God wants the praise team to at that time.

Not only that but the skills of the praise team aren't being used to the fullest and that is a shame. The phrase "new song" is mentioned in the Bible 9 times. David, the premier psalmist of Bible established a highly trained group of musicians and psalmists to worship before God and write music for worship (2 Samuel 6, 1 Chronicles 13-16), and apparently God liked it enough to want to restore that to children of Israel and to Gentile believers (Amos 9:11, Acts 15:12-21).

I do not think that relying only on music to create a soulish fleshly reaction in worship is appropriate, please note. However, I do believe that worshipful expression should, and even must, lead to new congregational and devotional music as we grow individually and collectively in our relationship with God and instead of stifling that and going for the easiest path (playing old standbys so that no one has to learn new music, even though you know for a a fact that the congregation is going to drag this song into the ground) worship leaders should be promoting and encourage other praise team members to pray and worship and write as the Holy Spirit leads.

"Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in His great campaign of sabotage."
-- C.S. Lewis --

Monday, September 14, 2009

One of My Favourite Passages

Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the LORD say, "The LORD will surely separate me from his people";
and let not the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."
For thus says the LORD: "To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,
who choose the things that please me and hold fast my covenant,
I will give in my house and within my walls a monument
and a name better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name that shall not be cut off.
"And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to him,
to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant-- these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples."
Isaiah 56:3-7