Towards Worship Formation

Coming to the table

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I. Love. Food. There. I said it. I grew up with a mom who was a caterer, and now my parents run a successful bed and breakfast and all those years of “practice” for my mom have clearly paid off. I have instilled this love of food in my wife now – she didn’t really know there were so many amazing combinations of flavors until we were married. Of course, she now searches for new recipes and even last night we enjoyed some fantastic shrimp bisque for dinner. Dairy free,…read more

In the defense of “modern worship” Part 2

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So, last post I gave a very non-specific and general overview of the history of worship in the church, mostly dealing with musical issues. If you haven’t read it, you may read it here. Now, I’m going to give my actual defense of the music used in worship today and build my thesis that: no one has ever gotten worship right, and we never will until the return of Christ. If there is one point to be taken away from my previous post, it should be that there is no one…read more

In the defense of “modern worship” Part 1

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If you are at all interested in the music of the church and you have glanced at Facebook or Twitter over the past 6-9 months, you have probably noticed a slew of posts slamming the “modern worship” movement. Now, I put “modern worship” into quotes because, in reality, there’s nothing “modern” about worship. Worship itself has been around since before the foundation of the world when perfect worship occurred solely between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God, in His brilliant creativity and grace, created man and then allows us…read more

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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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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