Participatory v. Performative Worship

Yesterday in church, we had two harmonica players

a cajon player and a potential fourth vocalist

Join us up on the stage,

simply because they took the initiative to step up.

At Beer & Hymns we have a room packed full of people

overpowering even our instruments,

except for maybe the pianist and the cajon player.

They shake shakers and play tambourines,

and its all so wonderful.

Of course, there are still a chords and keys,

time signatures and words,

but the semblance of structure

simply gives direction to the holy chaos,

it is a funnel, not a wall.

That is the challenge: to organize programs in such a way

that they invite and welcome everyone in,

so that all can join in the fun,

creating wonderful music together

before God and one another.

Hallelujah, amen!

 

 

 

 

I’ll Pay You Back

The other day I bought a homeless man a guitar.

He promised he’d do all kinds of good things with it,

you know, to sell his worthiness to me.

But I didn’t buy it for that reason,

I bought it cuz he wanted a guitar.

I haven’t heard from him since the transaction,

but a pastor friend tells me he plays it all the time.

DO what is good, not because of the outcome

but because it is good.

Sometimes, it pays off in ways

you could never have imagined.

Aaron’s 1st Musical: CDs Now Available!

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I am incredibly ecstatic to announce that the first shipment of “Into the Word” CDs are now in! This has been a two year process, off-and-on.

Definitely took me on one of the most exciting adventures I’ve been on, spanning two states, involving lots of new friends, and learning tons from seasoned professionals.

Check out IntotheWordMusical.com for more information.

Bless you all!

Generation of Shadows

My sister and I watched a lot of TV when we were kids

I don’t say this as a positive or negative,

it just was.

Ours was the generation of the shadows.

The old Tom and Jerry’s, the Looney Tunes

those were fading away

to a new class of cartoons.

Heavy hatching. Darker themes.

“The Last Unicorn.” “The Rats of Nymh.”

“The Hobbit.” “The Never-ending Story.”

The world had gone punk, and its youth were going with it.

Yet, at that same time,

these years (80’s and 90’s) were also the Mencken years,

“Beauty and the Beast.” “Little Mermaid.”

“Hunchback of Notre Dame.” “Aladdin.”

Our fantasies were both dark and beautiful,

all the while steeped in music.

Kids programming teetered in the divide,

not sure of how to treat it’s youth.

Then came “Toy Story,”

whose first drafts were as dark as

the 80’s programming we grew up with,

Then there was the rewrite.

While still gritty,

it promised hope

and the programming has grown prettier

as art has moved from hands to computer.

More neon.

It speaks in a new language, more distracted.

Yet, also in its own way has grown deeper,

reaching out to a more universal audience,

of all races, nationalities, genres, body types,

and backgrounds.

Each generation passes its legacy on to another,

for them to blaze a new trail with it.

Ours was a generation of the shadows,

but we were singing all the way through.

 

 

 

New Worship Song!: “In Rising Tide”

Hi friends,

I am so excited to share this new song with you. I wrote it with my dad, who is an absolutely amazing musician.

Never before have I been so pushed to get a song just right. I encourage you: share it, sing it, the words and chords are listed below.

Love you all,

Aaron

Summary

V1.I’m tired of running.

V2.I have doubts.

B.In light of who You are,

V3.I will trust in You.

In Rising Tide

Intro

Dmaj7 Bm7 G Dmaj7

Verse 1

Dmaj7                 Bm7

God, my Father, Jesus, His Son,

G         Dmaj7

Won’t you guide me into your love?

Dmaj7                  Bm7

I’ve been running since I was a child

G         Dmaj7

Now I am weary of being so wild

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Verse 2

Dmaj7                    Bm7

I’ve got questions, assuage my doubt

G         Dmaj7

Spirit, please fill me when I am without

Dmaj7             Bm7

I’m insufficient without your grace

G         Dmaj7

So I am holding onto Your face

Chorus

 

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Bridge

Dmaj7

At the sound of Your voice,

Bm7               Cmaj9

mountains shake, hearts quake

Dmaj7

At the air from Your breath,

Bm7                   Cmaj9 Dmaj7

mountains rise, we drop all disguis es

Instrumental/Prayer

Dmaj7                         Bm7

Dear God, thank you for bringing me into Your presence

G                             Dmaj7

Fill me with Your essence, I am Yours

Verse 3

Dmaj7                       Bm7

Jesus, I’m here now giving my all

G               Dmaj7

I trust you completely, into Your arms I do fall

Dmaj7                       Bm7

When I reach heaven, I will exclaim

G                 Dmaj7

Praise God my Father, praise Your Holy name

Cuz…

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Dmaj7…. (fade)

(Amen)

7 of My Favorite Things

Some of my favorite things:

-Jesus Christ (glimpses of the depth of His love and mercy, plus whispers from the Holy Spirit)

-Exercise (soccer, weights, read-walks, running, hiking)

-Sunshine (the warmer, the better)

-Food (esp. Mexican, Japanese, and phở, plus In-n-Out)

-People (all walks of life, whoever wants to have a good conversation)

-Music (esp. 70’s folk, Hillsong, show tunes, and the Wheeland Brothers)

-Nature (esp. mountain forests and ocean adventures)

What are some of yours?

T-Swift

I think we can learn a lot from Taylor Swift
Think what you like, but she is one of those people
Who has enough clout to take on the impossible things.
Owed money as an artist? She will fight for fair pay.
Groped by Radio DJ? She will call the man out
And get justice!
Many of us don’t have to power
Don’t have the voice we need
To take on the giants
If you do, use it for the rest of us.
Power and influence can be a game changer, if used correctly.
Go with God, my valorous peeps!