Motherhood

I have no idea how regular Mommy-bloggers do it. When in the world do you all find time to sit down and type? Like really?? I admire you all just for typing stuff out, and doubly more for it making sense and contributing wisdom to the electronic universe!

As I mentioned before, I am now a Mom to a beautiful 4 month old and it is now a BIG part of my life. For those of you to whom these terms mean something, I am a cloth diapering, part-time co-sleeping & ECing, wannabe baby-wearing Mom. When you become a Mom, or when you know you are going to become a Mom, at some point panic ensues and you have NO idea how you are going to do it. Then you learn a little bit more about what different people say you should do and you have even LESS of an idea what you should do 🙂 But then through a little bit of trial & error, a fair bit of trusting your instincts… You get the hang of it. Or at the very least you get the hang of the fact that every time you get the hang of it something is going to change. But hey, what do I know? I’ve only been at this for 4 months.

However, I do know that just as my life has gone through a bit of a transformation so too will this blog. I’m still hoping to write posts about faith, church etc but I will also be posting about other things affecting my life – motherhood included. So, if you are used to me trying to sound all intelligent, insightful and philosophical know that those posts will still exist but be warned that I might also talk about things like sleep-deprivation and poo as well. 🙂

Until Next Time!
V

Without a Guitar?

Here’s some food for thought for you…. what would your church service be like without music?

Would you like it? Would you hate it? WOULD IT MATTER?

I was having a conversation recently with my Dad (a pastor) about the current model of church, how something obviously needs to change, how it’s far from the New Testament church blah blah blah (I’m sure many of you have heard that over and over and are sick of it etc). I bring it up solely because our conversation took kindof a fun turn that I wanted to share with you all.

I brought up the fact that I find it so funny that there are so many churches that CLING to having music for “worship” in their churches, which is especially befuddling in those churches that do not have anyone particularly musically talented. The result tends to be a particularly stressed church staff and/or volunteers… and lets be honest, sometimes a painful audio experience for the congregation.

And I always wonder why. Why do we cling so much to this model? It is my belief that church needs to be about the gifts that the people in your church have and giving them an opportunity to use them, NOT about desperately trying to fit a model.

My conversation with my Father ended up going a bit like this at the end:

“I mean, just think about it, if church is supposed to be meeting together with other believers, it’s kind of like hanging out with friends.  I mean, I know that I have had good times with friends who play guitar and they pull out the guitar and sometimes we could start singing, but it’s not like when I’m hanging out with friends and none of us a musical we are all upset that we aren’t singing & playing music”

{laughing} “Yeah, how many people go ‘But it’s just not hanging out if we don’t have a guitar, we NEED a guitar, maybe we should hire someone to hang out with us so we can have a guitar-player.”

Honestly, we found it way more amusing than it seems here in print but I cannot tell you the amount of times I have seen churches stress about their “worship” program when really they mean their music program. They scramble to have volunteers, they waive their leadership standards just so they can use someone with some musical talent, they make someone’s musical ability one of the main factors in whether they will hire them or not…. all because they think that it will make or break the “worship” that happens at their church.

Does that not seem weird to you? Why do we cling so much to a model that even if it would not naturally fit with the talents specific churches have we still expect the churches to have it?

Why do we not just meet as the people of God and let our ‘models’ flow out of the unique gifts present in that church body?

I’m not suggesting we should all go to church tomorrow and insist that we scrap the music program… I’m just saying maybe it would be a good thing if we started thinking more about what people’s natural gifts are. What can YOU offer the church? What can the person who sits two rows in front/behind of you contribute? Often times people feel like church has to look a certain way and they do not have anything that will help it become that perfect church. My suggestion is that maybe the more we focus on being ourselves, (the ourselves God designed us to be) and helping others be who God designed THEM to be (not you, big difference), our churches will become even more beautiful that we could imagine.

Thoughts?