Towards Worship Formation

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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The reason we sing

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I am currently preparing to teach on Sunday, March 16th, continuing in our series unpacking the Gospel by way of Ephesians. Basically, by the “luck of the draw” I ended up with 5:18-21. This passages reads: 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, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence…read more

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Vote for your favorite piano piece!

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Although the evenings of my last few weeks have been completely dominated by the 2014 Olympics in Sochi (that and homework for my classes), I thought after all the medals were doled out, I would pursue another music composition project. I’m a little out of practice as of late, so I thought I would begin with an orchestral transcription of a great piano piece. So, I spent a nice, relaxing part of my day off today (in between errands and during nap time) listening to the likes of Chopin, Rachmaninoff,…read more

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A New Internet Home

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In many ways, it’s been a long time coming, but I have finally launched daviderlandson.com for my blog and some other pertinent details about me. I have to say though, purchasing my own domain name was one of the more narcissistic moments in my life! A number of people have encouraged me to journal more frequently, and I decided that if I journal for a ton of people to read, it might be enough accountability for me to post here more than twice a year. I would love this platform…read more