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Google Reader

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One of my favorite online applications is Google Reader.  This is a great tool that helps me keep up on all of the blogs that I read.  This is the first and only reader I have ever used.  I am sure there are other great ones out there, but here are some of the reasons I use a Reader:

  1. One location: All of the blogs I read are in one place.  Not an endless list in my bookmarks bar. 
  2. Updates/Streamlined reading: Every time I log in there are new post ready for me to read.  On the home page there is a nice streamlined list of blogs that have posted new material.  The side toolbar keeps track of what blogs I have read and what blogs deserve some attention.  
  3. Recommendations: Based on the information in the blogs I follow and where I live the Google Reader suggest other blogs I may be interested in.
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Sunday Setlist: March 29

This post will be part of Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival called Sunday Setlists.  Worship leaders from all over are sharing about what’s happening in their services.

This week we started a 2 week mini-series called Famine Lessons.  We wanted to speak to what is going with the whole financial crisis.  We ventured beyond finances and also looked at the different types of famine we may experience in life.  The main idea was to communicate that as Christ-followers our path through difficult times should look different from those who are not walking with God.  

Overall things went well and it was very worshipful.  The congregation was very responsive.  Saturday night I was breaking in more of the youth into our weekend experience.  They did a great job.  Sunday morning went well besides messing up the intro to our 2nd song (my fault) and then a drum stick problem in our 4th song.  

So here is what this week looked like:

Not to Us – B (Chris Tomlin)

Blessed Be Your Name – B (Matt Redman)

The Stand – A (Joel Houston)

How Great is Our God – A (Chris Tomlin) Only during the Saturday night service

Still – C (Reuben Morgan) Did this last week, but it fit well with the message 

 

Special: Jesus Take the Wheel (Carrie Underwood)

What others are posting

I actually got this idea from Perry Noble’s blog.  On his blog, Perry, will list a few links that he thinks you should checkout today.  This is a great idea because:

1.  You can gain exposure to other blog’s you may not know about.

2. You can better know a person by seeing who they follow and regularly read.

3. You gain a bit of a filter of who you should follow or not follow.

So here are some blog post that I read this week:

Perry NobleFour Leadership Myths That Aren’t Usually Talked About–Part One Like the title says he is talking about Leadership myths.  #1 Anger is Ungodly. 

Sam Luce: Why I……Use Social Networks This was actually a guest blog by Michael Chanley  who has a heart and vision for what social media and networking can do for the future of kids ministry.  

Kem Meyer: 10 Things to fix on your website A great list of things that is not too complicated to fix on your website

Mark BattersonConstant Plussing Shares some of the practices that made Disney successful


Favorites Friday

With my blog still being fairly new I would like to start a tradition.  On Fridays I am going to blog about things that are favorites of mine and I thought the first place to start would be with my wife.  This is a picture of me and my lovely wife Rachel at her uncles house (I think for Thanksgiving).  

On May 25th we will be celebrating our second anniversary.  It has gone by so fast and it has been great.  Rachel is such a strength and support to my life.  It amazes me sometimes how much she loves me and believes in me.  I can’t imagine life without her, it just wouldn’t be the same.  So, Babe, the first Favorites Friday is all yours.  

 

Josh and Rachel

Sunday morning checklist

I came across this article by Paul Baloche at leadworship.com.  It was an article that he wrote for Worship Musician Magazine.  He called it the Sunday Morning Checklist.  He was going to miss three Sunday’s in a row and he wanted to leave a checklist for the worship leaders who would be filling in for him.  This article is full of things that can help make a worship service great.  

I am working to develop worship leaders around me and sometime I get frustrated because they do things that make leading so much harder for them.  I want them to give their own unique expression, but there are certain things you can do every time you hit the stage that will help you lead people.  Here are some pointers from the article that I need to be better about communicating to other worship leaders.

  1. Begin with some kind of greeting.  Keep it conversational.
  2. Try to do mostly familiar songs with a maximum of one new song.
  3. Email set list and lyrics to the tech ahead of time.  
  4. Talk as much as you need to keep things flowing, but not so much that it distracts or hinders the momentum.
  5. Don’t walk immediately to the back room, which is visible to the congregation.  Try to avoid being elite.

Check out the rest of the article here.

Sunday Setlist: March 22

This post will be part of Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival called Sunday Setlists.  Worship leaders from all over are sharing about what’s happening in their services.

This weekend we wrapped up our WIN sermon series.  This series focused on the WINS we experienced as a church and the WINS we would need to accomplish to reach the vision that God has given us.  It was great to have both Pastor Servello Sr. and Jr. speaking.  

This weekend I led worship at the Saturday evening service and one of the the Sunday morning services.  I had lighter teams and in some ways this does provide some challenges, but we used what we had and I believe God was glorified and people were able to connect with Him.  It was also great to incorporate some of the musicians from the youth church in the band.  So here is what our worship set looked like this weekend.

Home – E     (Marty Sampson)

Most High – E     (Reuben Morgan) 

Better is One Day – E     (Matt Redman)

Here in Your Presence – C     (Jon Egan)

Still – C     (Reuben Morgan) Scheduled it but because of time I never made it to this song at either service

Greater Than>

On Easter Sunday we will be starting a new series called Greater Than. Just wanted to share our new website and promo video for this series.  I am excited about what God has planned for these next few weeks at Mt. Zion.

www.lifesbigequation.com


Keep your ears open and your mouth shut

As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut!

Ecclesiastes 5:1 (NLT)

Wow!  Direct and to the point, but I needed to read that.  For me taking time to just listen and keep my mouth shut is one way in which I can grow in my relationship with God.  This is a discipline that stretches me because by nature I am a doer and I find a certain amount of comfort in knowing that I did something that I can look back on and say I read that or took time to fast this.  When I just take time to listen it’s hard to look back and see what was accomplished.  But this is precisely what I need because it is not about accomplishing something but creating a place where I can better connect with God.

Twitter

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Twitter asks one question, “What are you doing?” Answers must be under 140 characters in length and can be sent via mobile texting, instant message, or the web.Twitter 

Recently, I have become a fan of Twitter.  My friend Sam has been using this tool for a while now.  He has not only used it as a tool to keep up on what people are doing, but also connect with people who are in the same career field that he is.  He has become a part of a network of people who are working together to make a difference.

This is the main reason why I gave in and started with Twitter.  I want to find out what is going on in other churches with other pastors.  I am curious to see how people each and every week are creating transformational experience during their church services.  I am curious about what other worship leaders, children’s ministry  leaders, mission pastor’s, and leaders are doing.  How are they going about glorifying God’s name and seeing His kingdom come to this earth.  Twitter is helping me connect with these people who I may never have had access to before.

Things

things_20090119122705-thumbOrganize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things makes task management both easy and fun.Apple.com

Task management has never been easier. – Culturecode.com

This has probably the best application I have ever downloaded.  At the beginning of this year I was looking for an application to help me organize my to-do’s, thoughts, and responsibilities.  Here are some of the reasons that I love Things:

1. It is set automatically to open when I start my computer, so there is no escaping it.

2. I can schedule to-do’s, tasks, or appointments.  Again, so there is no escaping it. 

3. Things helps me to prioritize.  I can organize my to-do’s into what needs to happen today and what needs to happen next.  I can schedule to-do’s or categorize them as a ‘someday’.  

4. I can connect people to to-do’s.  Whether I report to someone or they report to me I can connect specific to-do’s to the right people.  

5. I can create areas of responsibilities that have a regular set of to-do’s, this should help with being more thorough.