Christian Songs For When You’re Caught

10 Ways To Manage Mischief At A Christian Festival

I like music. Its something thats been commented again and again, that I dont seem to like quiet. Back in the day when I was still living at home, my mum used to come in and open the windows. Me? I used to come in and put the radio / CD on.

I’ve got various playlists that I can play depending on whats happening / the time of day / if the vicar is over.

So, when a conversation on Twitter went onto discuss “Ten worst CCM songs to be playing when busted”, I couldn’t help but wonder… What Songs could be played when you’re caught doing something wrong?

When you’ve broken that expensive vase.

Plumb – Beautifully Broken

Watering your garden during a hose pipe ban…

Crowder – Let It Rain (Is There Anybody) (Lyric Video) ft. Mandisa

When you’re going a little fast through a speed trap…

Carrie Underwood – Jesus, Take The Wheel

When you miscount the collection…

JJ Weeks Band – Count Them All

When you save over the wrong file at work.

Jeremy Camp – Jesus Saves 

Is there any you would add?

(With thanks to @DavePiperDJ and @simononradio)

Shhh…. Can You hear The Silence?

With thanks to Lucy for sending me this story that I missed back in October:

Sussex church releases ‘silence’ on CD

St Peter's Church, East Blatchington

“Silence” has been recorded on to a CD and released by an East Sussex church to raise its profile and generate funds for the building.

Members of St Peter’s Church, East Blatchington, have sold their first copies at an open day, and taken orders for more.

The recording of the church’s atmosphere includes the ambient sounds of voices, footsteps and occasional background traffic noise.

Church technician Robin Yarnton said: “Mostly people have said it’s nice and they like it, and that it’s quiet and peaceful.

“It does what it says on the tin. Silence is all you get.”

Read More on BBC News.

Are there any churches you’d like to hear silence from?

 

Problems with sung worship?

Thanks to Vicky Beeching for inspiration for this post from her questions on twitter this week.

Many people will say that they aren’t a fan of the singing part of church. I have to say I quite like it, being a musician and worship leader that bit of church is right up my street, it’s just the rest of it I don’t like. Quite often it’s men that I hear grumbling about the content of worship in our churches. A university friend of mine told me that he couldn’t engage in sung worship in church, partly because he isn’t much of a singer and he finds it a bit uncomfortable but also he finds that the words are hard for him to engage with. And I can see where he’s coming from.

Often the songs we sing in church aren’t particularly ‘manly’. And men also have a bit of a habit of running away from anything with the word ‘love’ in it. So it would be easy to say that songs that go like ‘Jesus I am so in love with you’ should be thrown away. But doing so would get rid of one of the fundamental parts of being a follower of Christ – God loved us so that we can love.

And if we look at it more subjectively across the broader spectrum of worship songs there does seem to be a much more ‘manly’ focus as well. For example songs like ‘Yesterday, today and forever’ by Vicky Beeching, ‘Happy day’ by Tim Hughes and ‘Strength will rise’ by Brenton Brown are all songs that don’t have that focus on love.

I believe that as we worship a God who is bigger than anything we can possibly know, and has at least as many emotions and characteristics as us – then our worship should reflect that. We should look at the Psalms as an example. The breadth of emotions are huge, they range from fear to joy, from love to abandonment.  However they all cling to the truth that God is there,  bigger than we can know,  in control, stronger than we could imagine, and He loves us so that we can love. And so so so much more!

A challenge to worship leaders is to incorporate the whole of God not just one aspect of him. Maybe not in every worship time in church but we need to make sure we experience and recognise all of God not just one bit.

And a challenge to men…Man up and share the love that God has given, first with Him and second with everyone else!

Thoughts?