Well this week has been a tough one….
My whole week was a lead up to my Moore College Church History Exam on Thursday night, and that didn’t go well… I kept on finding distractions and other things to do.
On Wednesday, after a finance meeting at work, I headed into the city for the 9th bi-annual Anglican technology Forum, stopping off for a Workshop Espresso. It was good to hang out with Christians informed about Technology stuff. We started off in prayer, followed by the Word, led by The Rev. Dr Hugh Cox. He spoke to us from Hebrews 12, encouraging us to endure and continue running the race. Using a bibliographical example from the book War and Grace by Don Stephens. After that we heard from a number of different people from Microsoft, Optus, and various other companies about mobile computing, cloud computing.
Wednesday night Growth Group was alright, we continued to look through guidance, this week at the experience of it, drawing from the book of Job. One thing that was interesting was the differentiation of “forms of guidance” being Behind-the-Scenes guidance, and Consciuous Co-operation guidance, which at times are hard to work out.
Thursday was exam day, and I was freaking out about it. I spent some of the day studying, and managed to get some things into my head. When I sat down for the exam, I managed to get some things down on paper, a couple of plans of what to write, but in the end I was only really happy with 1 of my 3 answers. We’ll see how the results pan out…
Friday touch was hard work again with 5 a side down at Kingsdene. SALT had a formal night. It was nice to see people dressed up, they scrub up nicely!!
Saturday morning I ducked out to JB HiFi for their one day sale and picked up an Xbox 360 for cheap, along with a couple of cheap copies of Gears of War 3.
In the afternoon, we had a sound training afternoon run by Steve Williams of Crosstalk. It was really really educational and a great afternoon.
At night we played some Gears of War 3 with some of Jase’s schoolmates: Luke & Pete.
This afternoon I headed down to Wiley Park to the inaugural Uprock B-Boy Jam. It was good to see some of the old crew from Krosswerdz. I took about 830 photos and now have a task of sorting through those… I hope to post at least a few of them up here shortly.
Tonight at graceat6, Mike finished off his 5 part series on worship. Tonight it was on Singing in Church based on four passages:
- Colossians 3:16-17
- Ephesians 5:18-21
- 1 Corinthians 14:13-15
- 1 Corinthians 14:26
I really enjoyed the talk and am very proud of Mike for giving it, because there were some tough, but honest things said on this semi-controversial topic. As in the last few talks, the emphasis of everything starting with the word of Christ – God to us was strong. Since music is so powerful and emotional, we need to make sure that whilst we do engage with it, we need to make sure that we use our mind, and not just get lost in the music & the emotions that come with it. We engage the mind by focusing on the words that we sing, and so the words of the songs are important; more important than the tune. It is important to sing songs that are communal (“us“, “we“) more than ones that are personal (“I“, “me“). This is because we are to sing to each other first and foremost, rather than back up to God, we are to be teaching & admonishing each other, with thankfulness to God in our hearts. It was also important that Mike addressed what singing in Church is NOT for, and that is recognising the power & emotion of church as a sign of the presence of God. The only way we come into the presence of God is through Jesus. The only real thing that Mike didn’t address well was the topic of raising hands, which is something that people have a tendency and urge to do when singing. We have looked a little at this as a staff team over the weeks, and whilst it is biblical, it seems to be done a fair amount during pledges and promises people made.
A few things have been weighing on my mind over the week. I’ve felt really lonely again, maybe because my housemates have been out, and everyone has been busy with exams and life and the like, but even the smallest message during a quick break is much appreciated…
The other thing is this blog… I’ve had some feedback and am currently deciding how to address it.