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Energy.

As I mentioned yesterday, it feels like summer here.  That means it’s time to bust out the summer driving music.  For me the winter is filled with deep thoughts and resonating tones.  In the summer though I like lighter thoughts and my thoughts tend to wander.

I love summer driving music.  Songs that are light and fluffy with a nice beat and good energy will fill my iPod by the end of this week.  Beatles tunes, 80’s Madonna hits, Katy Perry and the Spice Girls will be mixed in with other light, sunny hits.  There isn’t much depth or soul searching but there’s loads of energy and it’s happy music.


 

When I think about the craziness that the Beatles experienced, or NKOTB, the Spice Girls and now Justin Bieber I wonder what it would have been like to be with Jesus while he was preaching.  In a time with no cars and no quick mode of transportation it is suspected that he had close to 15 000 people around him while he spoke.  This number is incredible.  Think of the energy.  Think of the passion.  Imagine what it would have been like to be part of that crowd.

Jesus commanded the attention of people with a message of love and acceptance.
He commanded the attention of people with his presence and passion for people. It would have been an incredible site.

I know the energy from my summer driving songs doesn’t come from a place of depth or great connection with God but going to a concert and listening to the screaming fans connecting with those singers is probably the closest thing I’ll witness to the response people had to Jesus.

Wouldn’t it be great if we walked into church and felt that passion?
Wouldn’t it be great if we let Jesus in and allowed him to work in us?

Imagine what we could do if we just let the Holy Spirit in and allowed it to do it’s work…

Dusk…

It’s that time of day when light fades into the dark.  It’s quiet here.  My son is in bed and asleep after a busy day.  My husband is out in the garage working.  I’m sitting at my kitchen table, lazily playing Words With Friends and checking my emails.

There is a peace here.  A sense of the still.  A time for words and thoughts.  A time to just be.

In this being I find myself thinking of life.  How different things are.  How much things have changed.  In the last few weeks I’ve found my work schedule has slowed down.  I have far less scheduled preaching ahead.  There is more time in my day as I’m not working as much and I wonder what I will do with that time.  Will I use it productively?  Will something else come about over the coming weeks and months?

I find myself dreaming of a future.  Will we have another child?  What will it all look like?  Dusk is a good time.  A quiet time for thoughts and words.  A quiet time to muse and reflect.

This future is hazy right now.  I hear whispers of change.  I feel nudges towards something new.  There are questions of family worship and casual gatherings to be answered.  New recipes and ideas haunt my brain as I’ve rediscovered the farmers market once more.  I have honey, local sweet honey sitting and waiting for me to use it.

For now I will sit.  I will think and plan.  I will write and uncover.  I will continue for it is dusk, the time when light fades into dark and everything becomes a lovely shade of gray.

The Lorax

I really want to see the Lorax.  Luckily I live with a little guy so I have the perfect excuse to go to this movie.  I can pretend it’s all about him.  Seriously though, I love the message of the Lorax and want my son to realize how truthful this line is:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” – The Lorax by Dr. Seuss


Am I the only one who wants to see this movie?  Please tell me I’m not alone!

I am not a blogger.

****Carl was right so I’m going to add a few edits.  Thanks Carl!****

I am not a blogger.

You might disagree, especially if you’re reading this.  You might argue that I have a blog and therefor I am a blogger but I disagree.  I am not a blogger.

Statistically the posts that are read the most are my rants about the church and where it’s going.  They have a lot to do with God and sometimes involve a few thoughts and reflections. They usually have nothing to do with me personally {aside from my feelings on the topic}.  They are long, wordy and fairly impersonal. (Edit: Impersonal is a matter of impression.  I do not announce my daily schedule or tell you where I am going.  I also do not announce my daily bathroom visits.  This is because I want to keep some mystery.  I do however feel there are personal aspects to the blog and that I have shared quite a bit here.  Sorry for the confusion.)  This is exactly what they tell you not to do when you blog.  That is exactly what they tell you to do when you’re a minister.

Statistically the posts that are hated are in fact my more ‘blogging rules’ oriented posts.  I cannot write about nothing.  I stink at writing for the sake of writing.  I’m terrible at series and writing on a topic that’s given to me.  I am much more content when I write for the sake of writing because something matters to me.

I can’t say I didn’t try to be a blogger.  I read all the rules.  I tried to stay within them.  I didn’t work for me. When I write what I am passionate about, people seem to read it.  When I follow the movement of the spirit I am inspired.  When I follow rules I lose interest. I’m not a blogger. I’m not meant to follow the rules.

I am not a blogger but I am someone who wants to write about what she loves.  I love God.  I love faith.  I love my family and community.  I’m passionate about change and growth. I believe strongly that God is with us as a people of faith. I want to write about what in life moves me.  I want to keep my skills sharp and write about what matters most.  After all the blog is an extension of me and I am passionate about many things.

I am a believer.
I am a wife, a mother and a friend.
I am a preacher and teacher.
I am a writer.
I am a lover of food.
I am a lover of music.

I want this blog to be an extension of me.  A place where I can minister to those around me.  A quiet corner to express my thoughts when I have them swirling in my head.  I want to share moments that matter in my life, food that I love and music I adore.  I want this blog to be about things that matter and not rules or regulations.  I don’t want to blog for others, I want to blog for myself. Edit:That should have said: I don’t want to blog by others rules.  I want to set the rules for myself.

I am not a blogger.
I am Becky and I write a blog.
I feel pretty good about that.

Random Thought Thursday: March 1 Edition

  1. I’m bored of Pinterest already.  Two weeks in and I really don’t care.  Everyone said I would love it and I should give it a chance.  I do think people’s boards are pretty and I’ve found some nice ideas but overall just not something I spend time on.  I feel like I’m missing something as so many people love it but I am lukewarm.
  2. I adore Fringe.  I was annoyed at the beginning of the season but now that they are going back to their roots I find I love it once more.  If you haven’t seen it, watch it!  It’s intelligent and you don’t find a lot of intelligence on television anymore.
  3. I’m really enjoying the reading I’ve been doing for Lent.  A lot of my books deal with change and the church in the future so I find that’s where I’m drifting right now.  I would love some suggestions for other spiritual reading if you have any.
  4. I used to love the Oscars.  I would watch for the fashions and root for certain people.  This year as I sat down to watch I was shocked when I realized that I haven’t seen one movie that was nominated.  This was a tragedy and really makes me realize how much my husband and I need to prioritize date night!
  5. I killed my orchid that I received for Christmas from Gran.  It was beautiful until it wasn’t.  Apparently I gave it a fungus by overwatering. Sadly by the time I realized what was happening to it, it had perished. Luckily I still have the orchid my husband got me from Valentine’s day.

You know a church is comfortable with you when….

You know a church is comfortable with you when you drive up on Sunday and find this sign:

Never before have I been on a church sign as Rev. Becky.  Seeing this was so great!  Usually it’s Rev. Rebecca {insert longest last name ever here} and very formal.  It’s funny in a way as I’m never called that.  It’s always Becky or Rev. Becky and that’s it.  I’m so glad they felt comfortable enough to just put me up as they see me.  I loved this sign!

This was my last Sunday with this congregation.  I’ve enjoyed the time I spent with them but they’ve found a new minister and I’m happy for them.  I hope they experience many blessings as they continue ministering in their community.

What does this meme?

My husband just introduced me to Nyan Cat. It’s strangely fascinating.
I wonder what this means for our society and it’s future.

Things I love {Valentine’s Edition}

Happy Valentine’s Day!  In honor of the occasion I have compiled a list of things I love.

  1. Cinnamon hearts.  I know they aren’t great for you with food colouring and tons of sugar but I delight in them each year!
  2. Searching for red foods.  We’re having Strawberry-Kiwi smoothies for breakfast.  There will be spaghetti and tomato sauce for dinner.  I love finding ways to incorporate the holiday into the days {cause I’m super nerdy like that}.
  3. Tiny valentines made by tiny hands.  My son has been colouring and adding stickers to his projects daily.  The results have been wonderful and we’ve had such fun.
  4. Getting out my gorilla with a heart. The first valentines day of my married life my husband bought me this gorilla.  When he makes his appearance in our home after a year tucked away it always makes me smile.
  5. Last but definitely not least are my boys. They bring me joy and love each day.  I’m so grateful for them and they make the day worth celebrating.

What do you think?

This video has been floating around for a few weeks now.  Watch it and then we’ll talk….

Now that you’ve watched it, what did you think?  I’ve heard many different responses to this video.  Some people have responded with praise and thanksgiving  that they worship in a traditional church as they never have to experience the shallowness they believe this style offers.  Other people have responded with horror at the joke.  They felt this was selling a new style short and was unfair in it’s portrayal.

The video was created by Northpoint Church in Atlanta as part of the Drive Conference it hosts each year for pastors. It did what it was supposed to do, it forced people to think.  It forced people to look at worship and see how they felt about it and ultimately discover what was the most important thing. Modeled after it’s own style, it was very effective.

Ultimately the video reminds us that it’s not the style or strategy that matters, it’s the message.  When we focus too much on the money or fame or style we’ve lost the point of why we gather.

In truth, most of us in the church don’t have to worry about money or fame or stylized worship. I’m not Andy Stanley or Rick Warren or Joel Osteen.  I don’t have to worry about security or numbers or light shows on Sunday morning. But even so I can learn from them.  When I think of their style of worship I see that:

  1. They have teams to lead different segments of worship.  People who are gifted at music run the music ministry. Others with a love for technology get involved with the intros. Some might be greeters while others serve coffee before the service. People are needed to serve.  In order for things to work the members have to get involved.
  2. There’s more than one Pastor doing the work of the church.  Some preach. Others lead worship. Some direct the music ministries. Others still work with children. There’s a youth pastor. Each area is served by someone who is gifted in that area and really has a passion for it.
  3. Not taking yourself too seriously can lead to many opportunities for growth.

If you’re part of a traditional service can you honestly say that you use your people.    Do you use people in the congregation?  Are you finding ways to help people serve? This is absolutely essential for us. Too often in a traditional congregation there are the same ten people doing the same ten jobs. We need to find ways to engage congregants and get them involved. Only when you are involved do you truly own the experience and maybe once our people feel like they own their worship they’ll get excited enough to bring people along.

If you’re part of a traditional service {and are the Pastor} can you honestly say you like doing it alone?  In the areas you’re less gifted in would you like to work with someone?  Would you like being part of a team better than being an individual? Truthfully I’d love working with other people. I love youth but know of others ministers who are exceptional youth pastors who I could learn so much from.   I’d love to learn about stewardship and pastoral care from people who are given those gifts.  I’m all about sharing the wealth and building on the gifts we’ve all be given.  We need to begin working together in order to truly offer a whole experience when people come into our community of faith.

If you’re part of a traditional service do you ever take a step back and look at what you’re doing and why you’re doing it? These guys did and they saw areas that could potentially be standing in the way of a true worship experience.  What’s standing in your way?  Is it routine? Is it rigidity? Find it and think about it.   Too often we think we’re doing something right because it’s worked in the past and we’re comfortable with it. This leads to apathy and apathy doesn’t lead to growth or discipleship. Sometimes we need to change things up so we really experience things. I’m not talking light shows or zebras here but a few new hymns or an intergeneration worship never hurt anyone.

I guess the video served it’s purpose.  I thought.  Then I thought again.  And if I’m honest I’m still thinking.  Now that I’ve shared my thoughts I’d love to hear yours. What do you think?

Apparently I talk like this sometimes…

Apparently I talk like this sometimes…

A few friends posted this on their facebook feeds over the last couple of weeks and I resisted posting it as I didn’t want to face the truth.  The truth hit me when I showed it to my husband and he laughed, gave me the side eye and evaded the answer when I asked him if it was true.

I may not be a seminarian anymore but I have said or do say many these things.  I really should get out more…