2.17.13 Worship Confessional

3b6e382f48401a76ac25b624d5ce3dacWe listened to Mumford & Sons and Sigur Ros today at church. Be jealous.  (Brandon’s Sunday afternoon Facebook status update)

It has been an extremely active weekend here in Pittsburgh as over 2500 college students gathered for the annual Jubilee Conference. This year’s theme was “Transform Everything.” and through powerful corporate worship and amazing speakers, students were invited into the grand narrative of Scripture: creation, fall, redemption and restoration.

Over the past couple of years we have brought a small piece of Jubilee into our Sunday morning worship gathering and today we were honored to have Ken Heffner as our guest speaker. Ken is Director of Student Activities and Director of the Festival of Faith and Music at Calvin College, a Christian college in Grand Rapids Michigan. Calvin has a weekly concert series which has included artists like Lupe Fiasco, Joanna Newsom, Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists, Iron and Wine, Mavis Staples and Switchfoot, to name a few.

Ken shared some of the content from his Jubilee seminar, “Listening to Pop Music as a Way of Loving God” and during his talk he did a masterful job of retelling the narrative of creation, fall, redemption and restoration. As well, Ken challenged us to rethink how we engage pop culture, discovering signposts of redemptive themes all around us.

As part of Ken’s message we explored the music of Sigur Ros, including a meditation on their song, “Glósóli.” I would encourage you to watch the video. What does the music evoke within you?

Here are three questions to consider regarding pop culture:

  • What is your posture toward pop culture?
  • Where have you found glimpses of God’s grand narrative?
  • How does a follower of Jesus exercise discernment when engaging pop culture?

Here is our complete worship flow:

  • Awake My Soul (Chris Tomlin)
  • Reading from Ephesians 2:1-11
  • Our God Is Mercy (Brenton Brown)
  • Love Knows No End (Hillsong)
  • Jesus, Son of God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Announcements and Offering
  • Below My Feet (Mumford and Sons)
  • Message (Ken Heffner)
  • Benediction

You can learn what other communities of faith experienced in worship this weekend at The Worship Community.

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  1. Hey, Terry
    Been a while since you posted this one, but finally getting back to it. I think it’s awesome how you were able to connect and engage with what was happening in the community with this weekend. Got a question for you: I’ve not really listened to Mumford & Sons or Sigur Ros, but have been meaning to check them out. Any suggestion on a particular album to start with that would be a good introduction?

    • Be discerning, Chris. God has beauty and truth in many unexpected places. Mumford and Sons only have two projects – I would start at the beginning and follow them through. You will find energy, passion, and evocative lyrics about life and death, love and loss, faith and hope (be forewarned – they are an Irish band and as such are inclined to drop the F-bomb on one song on each release).

      Valtari by Sigur Ros got me through some very lonely and dark nights this past summer when I was by alone in northeastern Uganda. God ministered peace through their music.

      • Thanks, Terry, for the suggestions and for the wise word. I totally agree about the value of discernment, which is part of the reason I thought I would ask when I saw this post. Appreciate the cautions and the suggestions.
        Hope these next few weeks are great opportunities for you all to communicate the love of Christ in the Pittsburgh area.

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