By Alistair Mackenzie (see our interview with Alistair here) Previous posts in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 There were a number of specifically faith-related responses that surfaced frequently in my survey work, including: All Christians equal, but some more equal. Regularly I heard comments that amounted to something about all Christians being equal, but those involved in “full-time…
Celebrating the Work God Places Before Us: A Review of the Porter’s Gate Worship Project
It’s a well-known fact that we often remember better what we sing than what we say (or hear). In the context of the local church, this means we need worship songs with both good harmonies and solid theology. A new collaboration of artists, produced by Isaac Wardell, combines a robust theology of work with beautiful melodies meant for singing and…
The Porter’s Gate: Worship Songs About Vocation
We recently heard about this new worship resource from our friend Gordon Preece (thanks, Gordon!) For more information, watch the video below, and check out individual songs from the project, and previous music by the same artists, here.
A Simple Audit of Weekly Worship
Reprinted from Made to Flourish. While there is a growing movement of churches around the country working to better educate and equip their congregation members in the area of faith and work, it strikes me as a worship leader that we often overlook one of the most basic opportunities for formation in this area each week – that is, the…
Labor Day: Collecting Examples of Churches That Are Affirming Daily Work
Hopefully you checked out our post a few days ago with worship resources for Labor Day. Bookmark it for your planning next year too! It struck us that it would be good to collect actual examples of churches doing something to bless all vocations and consider the labor of workplace Christians. Theology of Work Project does some of that at…
A New Liturgy For Daily Work
We stumbled on this site the other day (thanks to a recommendation from Made to Flourish): A New Liturgy.
They’ve released six 25-minute works: each is a “journey of music, prayer, scripture, and space that helps open us to The Almighty in any location, season, community, or emotion” and create “holy space wherever we find ourselves.”
#5, found here, is specifically a liturgy for commuting: “Carried by piano, string quartet, and some pounding floor toms, “Here are my Hands” invites us to turn our cars, bikes, or trains into rolling sanctuaries that launch us into God’s good work in our jobs and lives.” Other liturgies focus on worshipping God in Creation and in being blessed to be a blessing. The artists describe their musical approach as “What if a piano-based indie rock band led a Catho-Protestant Mass?”
Check it out!
P.S. On their Facebook page, they’re taking suggestions for where the next liturgy is most needed.