Towards Worship Formation

Rehearsing the Gospel Story Pt. 2

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Ok, so it’s taken a few months, but here’s the “what does this look like” post I promised. No excuses, but if you’ve been around my church lately, you know it’s kinda been a roller coaster as of late, and keeping you all up to date has not been at the top of my list. So, let’s walk through a Sunday morning service and see how this whole thing plays out, shall we? (The 4 parts of the Gospel story arc are in bold, see the last post if you…read more

Rehearsing the Gospel Story

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Well, I know it’s been a bit since where has been an update here, and a lot has happened since I last posted! So, here’s a quick refresher: 1. Worship is our love for something expressed. We worship a lot of things – family, money, possessions, jobs, status, sports, and of course, God. It’s how we align our worship that matters. 2. Formation is the way things and ideas are formed into our hearts and minds primarily through external influences – TV, advertising, education, friends, family, social media. When we…read more

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Worship Formation

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Well, seeing as I had to try 3 times to use the right password for my blog, it has been a while since I have posted last! Busy summer, broken computer, new baby, and life in general has slowed this train down a bit. However, here I am, ready to finally post defining “Worship Formation” as I see it. In many ways, this post has been quite a few years in the making, and I am so glad to be able to put words to what has been in my heart…read more

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Formation Defined

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While “worship” is used frequently in church circles, I find that the word “formation” occurs with much less frequency, although I believe that is starting to change. I do not feel very qualified to make an adequate definition, but will attempt to do so here. I will actually address formation in two stages, the first being what formation is generally speaking, then I will specifically address spiritual formation. Formation is something that happens to us pretty much every moment of every day. In fact, as you are reading this blog,…read more

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Start from the very beginning

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that’s a very good place to start. First, let me apologize for my hiatus, I got a bit crazy there for a while, and now I am back! When we talk about new or uncommon terms, in this case, “worship formation” it helps to define some of those terms individually before we get into a deeper discussion of what the new meaning might be and how we are going to pursue after those things. Today, I will attempt to define “worship” and will most likely fail because over the years…read more

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why I began this journey (part 2)

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In case you didn’t read post 1, please go there first! http://daviderlandson.com/2014/04/03/the-journey-begins/ When I was starting in worship leading, we were pretty much coming to the end of this round of the “Worship Wars” (I say this round, because it’s bound to happen again) where people were fighting over what was the appropriate style of music for use in the church. Now, I understand people having different likes and dislikes about music, but, you know what? I’m not going down this path… Anyway, it has to be about more than music! We…read more

why I began this journey

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I don’t really remember the date this happened, but I do remember what happened. I was walking into my office at church one morning, and was struck for a brief moment by the sign outside my door that read “worship pastor.” Now, you might not think I should be shocked by this as that is the position I have been assigned, but that day it made me pause. For quite some time both in paid and unpaid positions, I have been “leading worship” at various churches. Now, this of course, means…read more

Worship Formation Project

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I’m not going to take the time in this blog post to tell the whole story (that will be for another day), but let’s just say that for the past few years, I have felt that God has had me on a journey towards something beyond my typical “job” as a worship leader; more than just leading songs on Sunday morning. I’ve been doing a ton of praying, reading, talking, and researching, and I believe I am ready to formalize my project towards “worship formation.” I’m actually not even sure…read more

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A Psalm

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A simple song to God without any poetic form. Praise God! I will praise Him with all that I have. I will praise Him for He is good and His loving-kindness endures forever. I will praise Him because He made me, sustains me, and has redeemed me. Though time and time again I stumble and fall, He reaches down and lifts me up from the pit. He reminds me that my sin is gone because His Son has saved me. When I turn my eyes away from Him, He calls…read more

Ephesians 5:18-20

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Here is the video from Sunday’s sermon. Below is the full transcript as well if you prefer to read the message. Message begins at 4:20 Ephesians 5:18-20 (ESV) 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ I love the Discovery Channel show, Mythbusters….read more

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