Friday, August 26, 2005

God hath willed His truth to triumph through us

It's been a while since I posted, but I've been busy recently and a lot of cool stuff has happened. I'm all setup for classes this semester and financial aid seems to be working out nicely. I have a huge work work next week (57 hrs) and so I have a good cash flow. And most importantly, Sara, my brother, sister-in-law, and friend Tim met with our pastors to talk about some new ministry ideas.
The meeting was fantastic. we all met up at Passtimes (a Valpo bar) had some beer and just talked for like an hour to start off. There's nothing more reassuring about meeting with church leaders than having a beer and talking about MC5 and church tradition! Anyways, we met with them to talk about starting a new Bible study (actually moving our current into the church) and opening up new expressions of faith (I've been using this term instead of worship. Not for any theological reason per se but just because "worship" has connotations these days that I think are misleading). First off, we are going to start having a cofehouse open mic thing (I know it sounds cliche but hear me out here) where people can come and share their music, art, poetry, theatrical works etc. when there's no performances going on we will have a table discussion open to anyone who wants to join about art, politics, theology, or whatever. This will be a spring board for concerts, art shows, and the like from members of the church. Next, we are planning on having concerts of prayer where we will pray for the church, the community, the nations_ really just whatever needs prayer and have different worship styles and such. We also will be starting a social justice group that will meet and discuss_ well, social justice and them go out and do service projects. Really cool stuff. Basically, we are trying to open up some new doors for people to let their cup runneth over into the arts and acts of service.
We talked about everything for over an hour and the pastors were really supportive and excited about it all! It was really great. What really made it such a fruitful meetings is that the church is already heavily involved in these areas. Music and art are a staple of our congregation and the are so many different ways that they serve the community. So this wasn't a meeting of conviction or trying to tell the church they are doing something wrong. It was a group of people who have been fed by their church and who the Holy Spirit has called to join and expand an already blessed ministry.
Needles to say i am really excited. Especially since lately i've found my love for music waning. That's not to say that i at any point disliked music, it just didn't give me the same thrill that it did a couple years ago. This had been a problem since about 2003 or so and has been slowly getting worse. Music just didn't move me like it used to (with the exception of church, Stuff like It Is Well With My Soul or A Mighty Fortress is our God always brings up good stuff). But after this meeting and thinking about the possibilities of making music with this group of people, the love is back. I made a Violet Burning mix CD today and was listening to it all day just letting the full palate of emotions pass through me. it was really refreshing.
So in closing, I'm moving my music equipment over to Valpo to be closer to church and my co-musicians and hopefully I will have some music samples on myspace sometime soon.

That God fella, he's good people.
Dan, 9:48 PM


Can I record in your cool new studio?
Blogger Alli, at 6:29 AM  
Yes, yes you can. But I require brownies (you know those ones you make with the chocolate pieces in 'em).
Blogger Dan, at 12:29 PM  

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