Reflections on Worship and Music Ministry

Reflections on Worship and Music Ministry

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” ~ Jaroslav Pelikan I am grateful that I serve Wilshire Baptist Church, where our worship tradition is alive and well. Recently I have been in conversation with our...
Whispering in Worship

Whispering in Worship

“God is calling through the whisper of the Spirit’s deepest sighs.” –Mary Louise BringleWe’ve all done it. Whispering in worship, that is.  Maybe it was speaking to a squirming child or perhaps it was a comment to our pew-partner that simply couldn’t...
Developing Broad Bandwidth in Worship and Music

Developing Broad Bandwidth in Worship and Music

A Wilshire church member walked up to me after worship recently and said: “That’s two weeks in a row. Sanctuary Choir is singing so well!” I said, “Well I’m glad our batting average is getting better,” and we both chuckled. That morning as part of a deacon...
Are You a Minister or a Musician?

Are You a Minister or a Musician?

Many years ago, I interviewed for a position as Minister of Music with a church in a college town. It seemed like a good fit for my gifts and I could imagine myself having a long and productive ministry there. There was a point in the process when my wife and I were...
Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

Hold Your Applause and Show Your Appreciation

On Easter Sunday at Wilshire our Sanctuary Choir sang two great choruses from Handel’s Messiah, “Worthy is the Lamb” paired with “Hallelujah.”  In conversation with our worship planning team we had placed these selections after the...