Resources for Worship and Vocation

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Isaac Wardell (Trinity Pres & Bifrost Arts), Laura Fanucci (Collegeville Inst.) and I hosted a workshop at this years calvin worship symposium entitled “Here Are My Hands: A Practical Workshop on Affirming Vocation in Weekly Worship Practices.” 

Below are some of the resources that were shared during our time. It’s a rambling collection but full of gems!

 

RESOURCES FOR WORSHIPPING COMMUNITIES

[] A yearly “Vocation” Sunday – could be labor day, or a sunday in Lent that looks at the life of Jesus.
[] Article from Willow Creek’s “The Practice” on Vocation.
[] Great list of resources (prayers/songs) from “TheologyofWork.org
[] A simple service for ordination to daily work from ^^.
[] Include vocation topics in Sunday “Prayers of the People.”
[] Invite your congregation to write prayers they would like the pastoral staff to pray for them in their vocational lives (think broadly – from students, to moms, to recent retirees)
[] MUSIC – check your hymnal tags!
[] Laura Fanucci – small group curriculum on vocation.
[] “To Bless Our Callings” – new book of hymns and prayers on vocation by Laura Fanucci
[] Prayer – the BCP has many excellent collects related to themes of vocation. More contemporary collects HERE.
[] Worship and Work resources from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
[] “Work in Worship” is a 252-page, comprehensive treasury of prayers, readings, hymns ancient and modern, orders of service and ideas for preaching about work. Originally written by Cameron Butland.
[] Create a map in your narthex where people can pin where they work. Gives a sense of a communities geography, and as Eugene Peterson says – all theology is rooted in geography.
[] Create a series where individuals from various vocations share how they struggle to live our their faiths.
[] Create a visual installation of photos people have taken of their work lives.
[] Create a “Christ in the City” series for summers – where various parishioners share their work and how they live out their faith in it.


WAYS WE UNDERMINE VOCATION IN WORSHIP

  • Disparaging certain vocations in our communication and preaching
  • In our ministry updates only including ‘vocational’ ministries.
  • Using language of ‘leave your weekly baggage” at the door of the sanctuary.

WAYS WE CAN AFFIRM VOCATION IN WORSHIP

  • Commission and celebrate vocational fruitfulness at every life stage – baptisms/parenting, graduations, retirement, funerals, etc.
  • Value the anxiety of parishioners between jobs and vocational stability.

OTHER RESOURCES

a new liturgy – an audio/liturgical meditation welcoming God into our daily commute.

Top 5 Recommended Books for further reading

Jobs for Life

 


Congregations are the best places for God’s people to be inspired and equipped to live out their callings each day. In the congregation people can be led to find their center in God, as revealed in Jesus Christ. At its best, the congregation can then offer us a safe place in which we can talk about the brokenness, fragmentation, and challenges of our daily lives, and where we can explore how to live our faith in every arena of our lives. 

—Jack Fortin, The Centered 

A Hymn of Calling (Laura Fanucci)
(Tune: The Church’s One Foundation)
For all that we are called to,
God, we give thanks this day.
For people, partners, places,
at home, at work, at play.
You gift us for our calls as
you make the world’s needs known.
Bless us with strength and courage
to serve where we are shown.For those who need our work, God,
the ones that we’re called for.
We strive each day to serve them,
to give and love them more.
Vocation is for others,
lives given in exchange—
the good of all your children,
our common hopes and dreams.For all that we are called from,
transitions we must face.
When journeys end or change course,
and we must turn away.
The old and new both challenge;
we question though you guide.
Be with us through our leaving,
lead to the other side.

The people we are called as,
diverse and none the same.
Created for vocation,
baptized and called by name.
To witness as disciples,
our universal call
Yet each uniquely serving
the God who cares for all.

To You, God, we sing praises,
the One who calls each one.
Transforming and inviting,
you call and we respond.
Creator and Redeemer,
the Spirit’s stirring song—
Your Trinity uniting
to call our whole life long.

© Text: Laura Kelly Fanucci (For permission to reprint “A Hymn of
Calling,” please contact Laura Kelly Fanucci at
lkfanucci@collegevilleinstitute.org.)


24. For Vocation in Daily Work

Selections from The Book of Common Prayer:
(from The Collects: Contemporary, Various Occasions)

Almighty God our heavenly Father, you declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and in the earth: Deliver us in our various occupations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good; for the sake of him who came among us as one who serves, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Collect for Work – Steven Garber

God of heaven and earth, you promise to make your blessings known as far as the curse is found. We pray for that, and we live for that. In our vocations and occupations, give us the wisdom and grace and skill to keep on keeping on, that the work of our hands will be integral to that blessing in the worlds of business and banking, politics and the arts, education and the law, health care and international development, at home and all over the world– as far as the curse is found. Amen and amen.

Planning for Christ the King Sunday 2016

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Well, that’s awkward…having already posted about Advent I’m now backtracking to include some resources for Christ the King Sunday – the sunday before Advent starts (Nov 20).

The Worship Sourcebook says of Christ the King Sunday:

“Christ the King Sunday focuses our worship on the cosmic character of Christ’s reign over the world. It is a proclamation to all that everything in creation and culture must submit to Christ and an invitation to actively and joyfully submit to his rule.”

Well..that just seems like a word that we need to hear right now. So here are some resources to check out for those of you that riff off of this theme/service in your worship planning.

WORSHIP PLANNING:

The Liturgy Letter – Christ the King Sunday
Service Focused around Psalm 11 and the Life of Christ – CICW
A Festival of Scripture and Song for CTK Sunday – RW
Songs and Suggestions from Global Worship Blog
Christ the King NOW – Article in Reformed Worship
Other Resources for Christ the King Sunday – CICW

RETUNED HYMNS AND SONGS:

Rejoice the Lord is King – Park Church Denver
Now to the King (1 Tim) – Wen Reagan
Jesus Lord Ascend Thy Throne – Jered McKenna
Forever Blessed be the Lord (Ps144) – Kingsborough Hymns
Rejoice the Lord is King – Christ Community Moody
The King Shall Come – Coram Deo Music
Come People of the Risen King – Stuart Townend
All Hail Christ – Hope College Worship
Justice Will Roll Down – Sandra McCracken
The Lord is King – Nathan Partain
None But Thee – Young Oceans
Come and Worship Christ the King – Resound Worship

Text: Why Should the Children of a King (Isaac Watts)

Traditional Hymns on this Theme:

Advent Planning 2016

here are some bits and bobs for your advent planning this year!

SONGS:
In my mind advent songs should  (at least) have four themes in mind.
– A focus on old testament imagery – (see “O Come Divine Messiah, Dawning Light”)
– A focus on the life of faith as a journey (See “I wonder as I wander”)
– A longing for Christ’s return, his second coming. (See “At the Name of Jesus”)
– A focus on deliverance from the present “not yet” realities – calls for justice! (See Sojourn’s “Let Justice Roll”

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Hark a Thrilling Voice is Sounding –
Love listening to these two diametrically opposed arr.’s of the same killer advent text!
Covenant Chicago // High Street Hymns

ARTICLES:

John Witvliet – “What ever happened to the second coming? & “Praying the Lord’s Prayer during Advent.”
Phil Majorins – “Sing 10 – Modern Arrangements for Advent

BITS and BOBS:

Christina Rossetti – Advent

Jacob Tilton – Psalms for Advent

The Calendar Years – Advent Album

“God has prepared for Himself one great song of praise throughout eternity, and those who enter the community of God join in this song. It is the song that the “morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy” at the creation of the world. (Job 38:7). It is the victory song of the children of Israel after passing through the Red Sea, the Magnificat of Mary after the annunciation, the song of Paul and Silas in the night of prison, the song of the singers on the sea of glass after their rescue, the “song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb” (Rev. 15:3) It is the song of the heavenly fellowship.”― Dietrich BonhoefferLife Together

Nativity Prayer of St. Augustine
Let the just rejoice,

   for their justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
   For their saviour is born.
 
Let the captives rejoice,
   For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
   for their Master is born.
 
Let free men rejoice,
   For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
   For Jesus Christ is born.
 
–St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-440)

Worshipping through the Beatitudes

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Paul Neeley recently posted that Nov 1 (All Saints) has been a day that has historically reflected on the beatitudes.  It was really hard for me to find resources on the beatitudes to use in public worship when we preached through them last fall.  So here are a few pieces to meditate on that I found.

[] Hope College Worship EP on the Beatitudes

LITURGICAL:

[] Prayer of Confession (Reggie Kidd)

SONGS:

[] Blessed are the Humble Souls that See (Isaac Watts)
retune by Eric Graef

[] Words to Build a Life Upon (Mike Crawford)

[] Blessed are the Poor in Spirit (Sarah Majorins)

[] The Beatitudes Song (Brook Hills) – chart

[] Unwavering – Matt Maher

[] A City on a Hill – The City Harmonic

[] Rejoice in the Promise of Jesus (Crandal/Dufner)

[] The Beatitudes – Hillsong Worship

[] Other Songs that Reflect Central Themes
– In Feast or Fallow – Sandra McCracken
– Who is Like the Lord our God – Wendell Kimbrough
–  Blessed are the Ones – Audrey Assad
–  I Will Sing Praise (Psalm 146) – Kaitlyn Ferry

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[] Attempted Metrical Version of the Beatitudes (Bruce Benedict)

Blessed are the poor in spirit
who must trust in God alone
They will find their treasured living
In the kingdom of his Son
Blessed are the mighty mourners
Born for tears and grief on earth
Heaven’s joy will be their bounty
In the Spirits glorious birth
Blessed are the meek and humble
Heav’n and earth will be their own
Purchased for them by the Savior
Who their every care has known
Blessed are the famished righteous
those who hunger for God’s Word
All their thirst for heavenly waters
will be quenched at Zion’s throne
Blessed are the saints of mercy
showering this world with love
In the winds of gracious giving
love from God is their reward
Blessed are the pure in spirit
hearts that hate the lukewarm way
Longing for the holy family
and the maranatha day
Blessed are the Sons and Daughters
living out their days for peace
Following their blessed savior
Giving hate the other cheek
Blessed are the persecuted
Finding hope in God alone
Living for the unseen kingdom
Their’s a glorious welcome home
CHORUS:
Rejoice ye persecuted prophets
Rejoice with gladness in your God
Rejoice for great is your rewarding
Soon will be your welcome home

New Projects to support from Ordinary Time Music and Mike Crawford

Two of my favorite indie worship projects have new albums in the works that need your support!

Ordinary Time Music:

Ben Keyes, Jill McFadden and Peter La Grand have produced some stunning sacred music for the church over the past 10 years..from originals to retuned hymns they have worked their way across the church year and are currently prepping a project for the season of advent.  They currently need your support on a Kickstarter to release the album. So yeah…a must get! Also check out Peter’s new project Mixed Multitude Music.

Mike Crawford and the Secret Siblings:

I’ll try not to fanboy too much here but *gush* we’ve been waiting for this new record for a long time and now you can head over to Kickstarter and help make it a reality.  You can listen to a bunch of their stuff at their bandcamp page.

Bits and Bobs – Fall 2016

Here are a number of new albums, articles, events, and liturgical ephemera you gotta check out soon!

Before we get to the onslaught of ridiculously good new albums:

[] COS yearly psalm contest has its deadline this week.  Get writing people!

[] Doxology and Theology Worship Conference – Nov 3-5, Louisville, KY (Sign up soon!)

[] Reformed Worship – September 2016 issue – has a ton of great articles and features a number of friends from the Liturgy Fellowship (Zac Hicks, Phil and Sarah Majorins)

[] The Worship Pastor – Zac Hicks
Zac’s long awaited opus for worship leaders comes out next month.  Pre-order your copy NOW at Amazon.

[] The Welcome Wagon – support their kickstarter for their new album.

[] Calvin Worship Symposium – Hope college worship will be leading again this year along with a host of great speakers – NT Wright, Mako Fujimura, etc.


This is a rich album of original worship songs based in the gospel of Luke – you’ve got a wonderful range of approaches to both text and tune and the whole album is situated within a local church body.  I’m also pretty biased – this album was produced by a lot of good friends and recorded at Hope College. You can read more about the album HERE.


Wendell is one of the finest lyric writers I know and has been working steadily at his church writing refrains for the psalms.  This album is a collection of the best expanded into full songs and has tons of great options for congregational singing. The album was produced by Isaac Wardell (Bifrost Arts) and uses the same team that supported Sandra’s Psalms album..so gold! You can find out more HERE.

Peter La Grand leads off this new effort from Mixed Multitude Music. The first album is a nice mix of new songs for worship largely rooted in the psalms.  Peter is a long time contributed to Ordinary Time Music and often blesses Cardiphonia compilations.


This is Sandra’s followup album to her critically acclaimed Psalms album that came out last year.  I haven’t had a chance to listen real deep but the sounds are good.

Retuned Hymnal

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Western Seminary, which lives a few hundred feet from my office at Hope College was nice enough to interview me recently about a new project we’ve been working on for the past year – the Retuned Hymnal.  You can watch the interview HERE as a part of their new video blog project LuxCast. 

The Retuned Hymnal will be a database driven site like CCLI’s songselect that will provide open-source access to the best grassroots worship music that we’ve run across in the past 15 years or so.  The site will be about 40% retuned hymns, 20% new liturgical/service music, 20% traditional hymns with new arr’s, and the rest original stuff.

We’ll be beta testing all this year and will release the site officially and commercially in summer 2017.  So far we’ve indexed over 800 songs with lyrics, chords, and leadsheets.

The site will provide some fun stuff like:

  • One stop shop for searching songs from the wider retuned hymn movement.
  • Author data, key and meter data, Scripture tags, theological tags, and liturgical tags for every song.
  • Links back to bandcamp and hymnary where available
  • The ability to stream every song directly from bandcamp (when applicable)
  • Ability to see every retune of a particular text on one page.
  • Streaming by category or theological theme (stream every ‘ascension’ song for example).
  • Analytics for subscribers like theological data on setlists.
  • Up to date whole site analytics on the most popular songs by week, month, etc.
  • and of course a whole lot more!!