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Worship Wednesday: Making Soup

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Worship Wednesday

From Josh: Its Worship Wednesday and if you’re new to the.josh.collins [dot] com then welcome and thanks for stopping by! Today’s post is a guest post from a dear friend of mine, David Hampton [@dbh4asong]. He is the Worship Pastor at Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tn. You can find his brilliance here.

I was part of an interesting discussion recently with staff members from various churches and denominational backgrounds on the subject of worship. Ultimately, we found ourselves discussing instrumental configurations, styles, song choices, form, and tradition all encapsulated by the topic, “what makes great worship?”

It soon occurred to me that what I was hearing sounded akin to a couple who when asked to describe true love responded with talking about their terrific sex life. Not much about chasing one another around the kitchen requires truly loving devotion and not much about our “great worship” makes us true worshippers.

Back to the discussion with my friends, after I challenged the conversation with my somewhat base analogy they asked me in what context I viewed true worship.

After taking a moment I said, “Until we view things like making soup as an act of worship then we will never have a proper view of what it means to truly give God his worth with the daily parts of our lives and we will always feel as if we have to abdicate to the experts on Sunday to do it for us. We will have a very codependent relationship with experience if we lose site of the ordinary miracles in the moment. What the church needs to know is that when we lead worship it is we, the ‘worship leaders’ making our soup. We just happen to make our soup in front of a lot of people. My soup happens to include art, story, and music. You’re soup may be literally making a meal for a friend who is on her second round of chemo. The Sunday Soup was never meant to be THE soup.”

If the main thing that comes up when we talk about worship is how we do it then we are very much like the people mistaking love for how often they swing from the chandeliers together. If our view of worship is one that understands sacrifice and living a life that matters we are less likely to be satisfied with simply slurping down the soup that someone else serves up to us once a week hoping they season it to suit our own persnickety taste buds. Trust me, my Sunday Soup will never be so good that it will quench our need to glorify God in the unseen moments of our daily lives.

I understand that when a bunch of consumers come together and decide to call themselves a church, expressions of art, music, and story in worship will be a matter of specific taste (and even propriety in the opinions of some). However, the more we can see ourselves as part of a body of past, present, and future soup makers we can begin to embrace their various expressions and place less focus on our need to brand the soup.

Maybe it would be a good thing for our perspectives of worship and intimate relationships alike to step back from the hooha and just make soup together.

From Josh: Be sure to click on over to David’s site and subscribe to his blog, I promise you won’t regret it!

What do you think it would look like for your worship to resemble this idea of making soup?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Posted on: April 3, 2013

And someone else gets it right…

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Misc

There just isn’t much that needs to be said in this post.  

If you want to experience something truly beautiful, something that resonates and transcends time, location, and format; then you need to stop what you are doing right this second, and buy this record.  Then go to your calendar and schedule roughly 90 minutes of uninterrupted time and just sit back, listen, and be transported thru an amazing concert experience.

Coldplay gets it right here.  Then energy is palpable and as the hair starts to stand up on the back of your neck, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

This is what I’m all about.  Creating this, believing that no matter what you’re involved in, its possible.  

Inside all of us, is a vacuum that is uniquely tuned to be touched and moved by sacred spaces and authentic experiences.  Its mystically beautiful if we’ve got the courage to allow ourselves to go there.

Its not easy, and its not for the faint of heart, but its well worth it.

Posted on: January 23, 2013

Hungry for Love Tour Rehearsals cont…

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Church, Experience, Worship

It never fails, when we begin to identify ourselves and begin to stand for something, we become targets for the enemy.

Continuing from my previous post, I’m even more convinced that special things are in store for this tour.  I’ve never seen anything quite like this before!  Not only is my crew working tirelessly just to overcome the multitude of hurdles, but yesterday the transmission basically went out on my car and will cost me a whopping $1600 to repair!

To which I say, Nice…(long pause) Nice.

Just what I needed.

If you’re not planning on attending, then I promise you, you WILL miss out on something the CCM business has never witnessed before.

I’ll just leave it at that…

Posted on: October 7, 2010

Hungry for Love Tour Rehearsal Day 2

Written by Josh Collins. Posted in Experience

Murphy.  Do you know her?

I’m sure you do.  Most all of us have encountered her at one time or another.  Well let me tell you something folks.  She has taken up residence in rehearsal space D here at Soundcheck, in Nashville today.

Oh she’ll be gone by the morning, trust me.  But man has she not been easy to deal with today!

Although the boys from The Afters killed it today in their rehearsal, it wasn’t easy to get there!

It just further reminds me and proves that there are indeed great things to come, even greater things, as Chris Tomlin sings, to come for this tour.  Many lives will be changed, many kids fed, and many hearts and souls restored to The Father.

And that my friends, gives me more joy and more hope than I can possibly articulate.

I feel like I keep saying this and it falls on deaf ears but seriously, THIS WILL BE THE BEST TOUR IN THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY THIS YEAR!

The team that has been collected and the hard work that is being put into this tour will make waves for seasons to come.

Stay tuned cause Leeland loads in, in the morning…

Posted on: October 5, 2010

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