Life and Musings of Ed

Sound Worship Communication

In Sound Worship, Uncategorized on 16 March 16 at 7:55 pm

  1.   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.
  2. I received suggested additions to the community: Dwayne Wilson, Barbara Swigart, Barbara Landry, and Pastor Tim
  3. 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.
I will send a follow up email to the “responders” listed above, as well as any one else who would be interested in helping to launch our Sound Worship community to arrange a quick face to face some time in the next week or so.


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.

I invite you now to join me in prayer, to reread the last email as a refresher,  to review the vision for this community, and to reflect on what worship leaders can do to maximize participation in worship — particularly the singing aspect of worship.
Peace and blessings,
Ed Ladenburger

Greetings in Christ!

I am contacting you because of the love you have shown for worship, and because of the musical talents God has given you.  In hopes that the vision I outline below resonates with you, I am inviting you to join me in launching this project.
God has given me a vision of a group of like-minded musicians with hearts and passion for worshiping Jesus. This group would be…
  • 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 –

Launch Timeline
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.
Much more regarding specific goals, strategies, and logistics will be forthcoming, but for now…a draft timeline to prepare for the launch [May 2016]:

  1. Feb. 21st: Core group of 4-12 musicians contacted, briefed, and tasked [appropriately based on gifts/aptitude/passion]  
  1. 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?
  1. March 20th: Invitations sent for first gathering
  1. 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
  1. April 10th: Follow up invitations with full detail
  1. April 17th: Second event planning underway — leader and co-leader designated, location/space hunt underway
  1. Early May — @ consistent monthly day and time  Sound Worship Launched
So — would you please consider joining me in tackling the highlighted activities,in order to launch the Sound Worship community group? 
Already a week behind, I am sending out this invitation to those for whom I have email addresses now.  There are still a few folks I would like to include — I think I have or can quickly find phone numbers for some and can probably find the rest on Facebook. 
FYI — the current list I am working with includes:
Ellen and the Right Reverend “Doc” Loomis
Erin and Joshua Mace
Bill Barber
Dr. Albert Norwood
Tajuana Hill
Pat Davis
Dwayne Wilson
Barbara Swigart
Barbara Landry
Pastor Tim 
[…and those for whom I don’t yet have email addresses —
Phil Routszong
Hugh Taylor
Brandon Mills
Rev. Paul Head
Timmie Raynor III
Laurence Stith
Sunnie Gail Ballou
If there is someone you know should be a part of this, please send me contact information.  Especially if you see them bringing a different style, expertise, culture, denomination, etc. … to this authentic worshiping group. 
I will plan to have Ellen Loomis join me in planning for the first group gathering at All Saint’s Anglican Church in early May.  In the next week or two, I would love to touch base with as many of those on my initial list as possible to gage interest, do some brainstorming,  and get some help with launch oriented tasks.  
Please respond with feedback … I am eagerly looking forward to joining arms with any who feel this call as I do and who see great potential for enveloping Eastern NC in joyful noise — with a purpose !  Let’s seek to glorify God and see how hearts in our community are moved, healed, transformed, …
Peace and blessings,
Ed Ladenburger

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