Monday, March 14, 2011

Fraser, Worship and Soup

So, I was listening to Pandroa (love it!) and a song came on from an artist I had never heard of and I found myself in love with it. Loved the lyrics and the sound. The song was C.S.Lewis by Brook Fraser.  Anyway, I have now officially "liked" her on facebook. If you like good music, I would recommend checking her out.

This last Sunday at church, we continued our journey into the "contemporary worship" world. Why? We, like many other congregations are trying to figure out ways to reach people who are un-churched or are members, but don't really come to church on a regular basis. Me?  I like it.  I enjoy playing the music. I enjoy singing it. I enjoy listening to it. The question is, what makes this worship "contemporary". (FYI - I am using the term "contemporary" b/c most people understand what we are talking about)  Anyway, what makes this style contemporary?  Is it the music? The format? Language used?  Space it is in? The other question is what are "sacred cows" at our worship? What are things that can't be touched or changed? I wish there were some easy answers, but there aren't. The fact that we are at least trying is a big step. We as a church need to figure out how to change "for the sake of the Gospel". We need to navigate how to change without changing our core values.  Anyway, good times...

Finally, Soup season is officially upon us.  I'm not sure how, but 6 years ago I got suckered into planning and organizing all of the suppers during Lent.  Honestly, I do enjoy them.  Ok - I don't like the planning part of it, but I really do enjoy working w/ families during the meal and giving people the opportunity to come together before worship to share a meal. If you are around, stop by between 5pm and 6pm for great soup and stay for Holden Evening Prayer after!


  1. When's the Italian Wedding Soup?? :)

    ...also, enjoyed the service on Sunday!

  2. "Contemorary" is a very broad term. I was at a church where once a month we had a "contemporary" service, which ment we used the "Now the Feast and Celebration" Marty Haugen service rather than one of them from the LBW. But when Adrian says "contemporary" most of us know what he means (I hope.)