Today I had the privilege of sharing some thoughts about worship, liturgy, and moving beyond singing at the Pulse Conference in Madison, WI. I really connect with and respect Paul and the Blackhawk team. They are the real deal and doing fantastic work. If you’ve never been to the Pulse Conference, get it on your calendar next year! Here are my notes…
Workshop 1: Moving Beyond Singing into something much more Mysterious, Subversive, and Beautiful.
Worship is this huge, beautiful, epic, mysterious, global, active, intimate human/divine interaction, but when someone says “Okay, it’s time to worship”, we all assume “It’s time to sing.” This is not bad, of course. Singing is a fantastic way to worship God. But it’s only one part of the whole. This breakout will explore ways to move beyond our usual framework, and in doing so, help more and more people engage with more and more of The Almighty God.
Workshop 2: Evangelical Worship Leading, The Liturgy, and me.
While leading worship in a mega-church for the last ten years (at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, MI and Willow Creek in Chicago, IL), I’ve been feeling more and more drawn to The Liturgy – both personally and as a worship pastor. The depth, reverence, and historical grounding have been profoundly moving. But how does this fit into an evangelical mega-church with big screens and moving lights? Is there a way to bring these ancient practices into this modern context, or are they fundamentally incompatible? In this breakout, I’ll share what I’m learning, what I’m wrestling with, and a few big mistakes I’ve made. And then we’ll dream together about the future.
The Story of A New Liturgy (video)
Ian Cron: “Becoming the Liturgy” (video)
Glenn Packiam’s blog
“Church is Bigger Than the Church” (my article for Relevant)
“Common Prayer”, Clainborne, Wilson-Hartgrove
The Book of Common Prayer online
Brian Mclaren’s open letter to Worship Songwriters
“A Guide to the Sacraments” John Macquarrie
“The Immortal Diamond”, Fr. Richard Rohr
“Everything Belongs”, Fr Richard Rohr
“The Holy Longing”, Fr Ronald Rolheiser
“Start with Why?”, Simon Sinek
“To Change the World”, James Hunter
“Finding Our Way”, Margaret Wheatley
“Honest to God”, John Robinson
“Liturgy For Living”, Weil, Price
“The Wisdom Jesus”, Cynthia Bourgeault
A New Liturgy No 4: Creation (live at Willow Creek)
A New Liturgy No 2: Blessed to Be a Blessing (live at Axis): (password = liveliturgy)
Love Can Change the World / St Francis / Have Thine Own Way (live at Willow)
The Resistance Experience (live at Willow)
Worship band IN the room (live at Willow)