Sing Unto the Lord


Nitechurch live – change of date
May 27, 2008, 10:17 am
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So… Nitechurch live is on and rocking. On the 21st of July Nitechurch will be hitting up Avoca Beach Picture Theatre to do a live music recording. We’d love you to come even if you don’t go to Nitechurch. Turn up, sing loud and love it.

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Interview with Bob
May 26, 2008, 9:27 am
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Tim Smith from MHC interviews Bob K at Resurgence. Pretty good stuff on physical expression. Some pastors from our church went to Sovereign Grace in Gaithersburg recently and spent some time with Bob. They were encouraged by his graciousness.



Glory to the Lamb… up finally
May 23, 2008, 2:22 pm
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The song that we tried to put up on ccecnitechurch.com for last Sunday is finally up here and here. It’s a mad folk version of a song my friend Josh Watt wrote. I’d tell you who played it last week but they don’t have a name yet (see last post).

The words are:

The glory of the Lamb, seated on his throne

A million voices cry praise to him alone

“Lion, Son of God, Glorious Son of Man

King above all Kings. The Lion and the Lamb”

Fall before the throne of the Lamb

the one who reigns at the Lord’s right hand

And with his blood he purchased men for God

Glory to the Lamb!

I love singing songs about Jesus in my church.



Band names??????
May 21, 2008, 5:06 pm
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So… If you are a regular reader you’d know that I’m part of ccecnitechurch. For a while now we have functioned with three separate bands instead of one big music team. Until now all three bands have kind of tried to play similar stuff but we found that the sound we were getting was very churchy and not necessarily easy to connect with for the outsider. So we tried to be a bit more genre specific with our bands and so thats where we are. The problem that I’m now facing is that as the bands are creating their own identity, people speak about the bands. Because each of the bands doesn’t have a name they get named by the congregation after the leader of the band eg.. ‘Bob’s band’ or ‘Gerald’s band’. I don’t know if I like the idea of having band names, but I really don’t like our bands only being identified by their leader. They are a unit and so should have their own identity. Is it bad to name the bands and am I caving to secular culture, or is it not a big problem and doesn’t have to become an idol?

I guess the preacher has a name and we aren’t necessarily idolising him by using his name to speak of the sermon. Is it unhelpful to do the same with bands?

What do you think?

Do you have any good ideas for names?



Weekend at Bernies
May 19, 2008, 11:41 am
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This weekend was the first in what we hope will become a bit of a tradition at our church. The musos from Nitechurch, Saturday EV and the Sunday morning congregations went away to Nelson’s Bay for Friday night. It was unreal to just relax and refresh each other. We spent a bit of time singing praise together, reading, praying and sharing songs. Because our church is committed to writing our own songs, we often miss what other congregations are writing. It was cool to teach each other.

It was also cool to not do something ‘rehearsally’. We spend so much of our time together practising new songs, talking about our method, our arrangements, it was refreshing to just muck around together.

We also spent some time reflecting over how this quarter has gone so far. We have been experimenting a bit with our bands, particularly in terms of genre. Last night Max and his band played around the theme of Christ and his glory. You can download ‘Glory to the Lamb’, a song written in our church from ccecnitechurch.com



Come all you weary
May 13, 2008, 1:39 pm
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There isn’t a band in the world who I love more than Thrice. They are eclectic, original, and they rock hard. Dustin Krensue from Thrice is a Christian guy but the band sell to a secular audience. Thrice’s last project: The Alchemy Index has been based around the four elements: Fire, Water, Air and Earth. I’m going to do a review of the whole series for ccecnitechurch.com but I thought I’d share an awesome line from one of their Earth songs called Come All You Weary.

Come all you weary, with your heavy loads.

Lay down your burdens; find rest for your souls.

My yoke is easy and my burden is kind;

I’ll take yours upon me, and you can take mine.



A worship leader is…
May 13, 2008, 11:43 am
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Hey all.

I’m half way through reading Worship Matters: Leading others to encounter the greatness of God, by Bob Kauflin. I’m finding it good. It’s light, but there’s heaps of bits that I’d love my team to read. Particularly there is a good chapter on reading theology and one on skill that’s tight and to the point. In one section he speaks of the discussion on using the term ‘Worship Leader’ when speaking of the one who is leading the singing/response time of a meeting. He quotes Dr. Carson as saying we should get rid of the term altogether because of the unhelpful connotation it gives that only the music is worship or that worship is led by the best guitarist, rather than Jesus. He gives cred to that view and he says that he generally uses other terms to speak of this role like: Music Minister, Worship Pastor, Service leader or ‘The music guy’. He then says…

While I agree with Dr. Carson‘s perspective, I don’t think we have to lose the term ‘Worship Leader”. It succinctly communicates that our goal is to lead others in praising God. But neither should we exaggerate the significance of the phrase or attach biblical authority to it.

I don’t like the term because of the baggage it carries but I do like his emphasis in leading people in praise. I think that the person who is ‘the music guy’ should think more intentionally about his role. He is the one who is leading people to see Jesus more and be affected by him. He doesn’t just play a few popular tunes, there is an opportunity there for him to lead.

Bob then gives his job description for a ‘Worship Leader’ which I think is the best one I have read.

A faithful worship leader magnifies the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit by skillfully combining God’s Word with music, thereby motivating the gathered church to proclaim the gospel, to cherish God’s presence, and to live for God’s glory.

Whatever you call the guy, do him a favour and buy him this book. It’s mad.