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You are an artist

I'm gearing up to attend an annual think tank with some of the most creative and passionate Worship Arts a people in the world. It's called recreate.  This is not your typical conference - in fact, that word really doesn't describe at all what this week is all about.  The founder, Randy Elrod, gave me one of my my first job interviews out of college. We reconnected a few years later when I was invited by a friend to attend this event.  Randy invites leaders from all walks of life - business, church, entertainment - to challenge us as creatives. There is a lot of dialogue and great discussion. A lot of it is like drinking from a fire hydrant! I started blogging as a result of this event and have made some amazing life-long friends because of it. I have also embraced over the last decade the fact that I am an artist.  I never thought of creating worship experiences every week as a form of art. Being an artist does not mean that I have to write the most amazing songs, paint the most amazing pictures, or anything like that. Being an artist is using my unique gifts and abilities to share myself with others.  I mention Seth Godin a lot in my blog because he challenges me to think. I loved this recent post...

"My definition of art contains three elements:

  1. Art is made by a human being.
  2. Art is created to have an impact, to change someone else.
  3. Art is a gift. You can sell the souvenir, the canvas, the recording... but the idea itself is free, and the generosity is a critical part of making art.
By my definition, most art has nothing to do with oil paint or marble. Art is what we're doing when we do our best work."

Are you doing your best work? Are you generous with your work? This is my challenge every week as I plan services. This is my challenge as a prepare music and rehearse for our Valentine's Concert. This is my challenge when I write songs. You are an artist according to Seth. I believe it as well. Embrace it with your whole heart and create what only you can. It will be amazing.


Sunday Recap

We are in Part Two of a series called "Hostage" talking about fear, anger and depression and breaking free of the bondage of these things in our lives. We made the decision to devote more time to worship through music in 2010. I can't tell you the difference in adding just another 5-6 minutes to the service for worship through music. It was exactly what we needed to do, especially during this series. Here was our service order:

"Glorious" - Tomlin and Nockels

"All Because of Jesus" - Fee

Welcome/Announcements

"Let Me Sing" - Fields

"Our God Reigns" - Passion

Video - Message Bumper

"Arms that Hold the Universe" - Fee

"Blessed Be Your Name" - Redman

We introduced "Arms that Hold the Universe" this week from Fee. This is a great song! I really feel like our people are responding in worship more now than ever.

Meet me at Sunday Setlists at the Worship Community!


Haiti needs our help

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The images are so haunting. I feel so helpless watching the devastation. It is so overwhelming. I can hardly watch it anymore and I have to turn the channel. I just whisper prayers for these people.

LCC is sending donations from our people at both campuses to Samaritan's Purse and their effort's in Haiti. LCC people can give online by clicking HERE and all putting "Haiti" in the memo section. All donations will go to Samaritan's Purse. I encourage you to give to the relief effort. Let's pray together and give together.

"Father God, I pray with great sorrow for my brothers and sisters in Haiti. I pray for peace in the midst of utter chaos. I pray for hope where there is no hope. I pray for resources to become accessible to everyone in this country. I pray for the relief workers to arrive, for safety as they serve, and for financial support to flood this area. Help us to be reminded to pray as we see the images - as hard as they are to experience. I pray for the families that have lost family members and for the children who have lost parents. Be the Father to the fatherless, I pray. In the Name of Your Son, Jesus, Amen."


Facebook or being with faces

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No one can argue the culture-changing effect of social networking because of facebook. Company stats reveal that there are 350 million users and that 50 percent of them log in on any given day. My multi-class high school reunion in October would never had occurred without facebook. Needless to say, there was less "surprise" since most of us saw everybody' profile pic before we arrived. I have re-connected with so many people in the last 2 years since I joined facebook. I have been able to pray for some of my friends who have been going through some serious stuff that I would have never known without facebook. I have seen people engage with other people spiritually that I don't think would have happened without the tool of facebook. But, as I expressed in a previous blog, the more connection I have in the virtual world, the more I sense the need to unplug from it.

I spent most of yesterday communicating to two groups of people that I am doing life with on the Island...my small group that meets each week and my womens' mentoring group that will meet once a month for 2010. I was so energized by the expectancy of connecting with them this year.  I woke up this morning with such a deep sense of connection to those around me, to my community, and to God. I love blogging, texting, reading blogs, and technology. I have connected with some amazing people in Worship Arts because of twitter and being a blogger.  People I would have never met without it.  But I think I was really surprised to see the emotional difference that I felt about these people - flesh and blood that I interact with on a regular basis -  versus connecting with my friends on facebook, twitter, and through blogging.

 Stats tell us that my age group (35-54...no comments,please...I'm on the low-end of this bracket!)) represents 30 percent of the user database of facebook. We are the largest demographic on facebook (4 percent higher than 18-24). So, I'm processing that...is my demographic replacing flesh and blood relationships with facebook friends? Are we doing both?

So where are you? Are you energized by connecting on facebook more than being with faces? Are you like me and are more energized about interacting with flesh and blood? Do neither have any impact on you? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.


Sunday Recap - Happy New Year!

I'm back in the swing of things "officially" today. We had an amazing Sunday of worship in our services...we did familiar, kicking worship up front and ended with a great time of response after the Message. Todd did a stand-alone message on "Love God, Love People." You can hear it here. It was one of his best (and I am his worst critic! poor guy...) I love Christmas, but I was so ready to sing "our songs" of worship this week! It was definitely coming from my toes! Our service order is below and here is the link in Planning Center Online for you to view it.

"Counting on God" - New Life Worship

Drum solo (this was so cool...we set click for the song before and after to be the same and Randy just let it fly between songs!)

"Because of Your Love" - Paul Baloche

Welcome/Announcements

"There's No One Like Our God" - Vineyard

"The Lord Reigns" - Gateway

Video Bumper - TOP 10 New Years resolutions - www.sermonspice.com

Message

Time of Response - Giving, Prayer, Communion stations open

"By Our Love" - Christy Nockels

"Center" - Charlie Hall

We did six songs this week and it really worked well. I think I am going to plan for 6 songs each week moving forward. I am so excited about this year. We are two and half years old now! God has done some unbelievable things in my life and through this church campus plant. It is an amazing adventure...bring it on, 2010!