- An, “I support and am interested in being a part of this community” type response to the original email — see below [attached] — was received from: Dr. Albert Norwood, Pat Davis, The Rt. Rev. Doc Loomis, and Ellen Loomis. Thank you.
- I received suggested additions to the community: Dwayne Wilson, Barbara Swigart, Barbara Landry, and Pastor Tim
- The Rt. Rev. Doc Loomis has a (not so secret) talent for graphic design and has provided me with a few great suggestions for a logo.
In the mean time, I would love to build a much larger email list of musical moles [men or ladies – engaged spiritually] — hmmm,.. tried to do something creative there, but was actually just recalling a children’s book about a musical mole family, which I read to my children. Anyway — I would greatly appreciate your networking assistance at this point in our journey. The next time you [non-responders] hear from me, I will be inviting you to a May gathering. It will be a worship and fellowship oriented musical exploration. Looking forward to stepping into a wonderful season time with you.
- ecumenical, rich, diverse, supportive
- prayerfully seeking to maximize congregational engagement and participation in musical worship
- focused on exploring use(s) of music in worship — worship done in spirit and in truth
- actively learning, teaching, disciplining, and developing talent
- gathering monthly for about 1.5 hours – fellowship, breaking bread together, teaching/presentation, short time of worship
- developing resources and collaboration with projects, — such as musical mission, collaborative song writing, community events/revival/concert/…musical assist teams for church plants
- moving venue/host/leaders for each monthly gathering — emphasizing support for all churches represented and ideally equalizing travel time; this also allows exploration of different acoustic spaces!
A short time ago I posted a draft timeline for getting this Sound Worship community group off the ground – https://jedward706.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/sound-worship/
Since last summer (2015) I have been prodded by the Holy Spirit and have floated balloons about getting together with Christian musicians and worship leaders in my community to study, fellowship, create, play and ultimately give Glory to God and worship Him more effectively through music. There is a unifying aspect to the gift of music, as well as an incredible ability for it to reach deep into our souls and touch us intimately at emotional and spiritual levels often unreachable in other ways. Exploring this with like minded people, as the Right Reverend Doc Loomis says, is one primary piece of a vision for pursuing the formation of the Sound Worship community group. In delineating the vision a bit more, I would add, active worship in spirit and in truth, teaching and disciplining, and spreading the wisdom this ecumenical group gains far and wide.
- Feb. 21st: Core group of 4-12 musicians contacted, briefed, and tasked [appropriately based on gifts/aptitude/passion]
- March 6th: Vision [written, ready to publish/broadcast], logo [designed], email list initiated [mail chimp? Google group? …consistent, shareable, expandable, “format” established], first venue for first gathering [secured, scheduled] , and outline for or “order of service” established — what will the meetings look like?
- March 20th: Invitations sent for first gathering
- March 27th: First event presentation and logistics — food, sound system, seating, meeting space set up — Online presence development with sharing of products — new songs, collaborative creative effort begun
- April 10th: Follow up invitations with full detail
- April 17th: Second event planning underway — leader and co-leader designated, location/space hunt underway
- Early May — @ consistent monthly day and time Sound Worship Launched