Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Media in worship - more than our mouths

We've covered a few different subjects together in GETS so far this term, and this week are about to start a three week session on knowing God and understanding the Trinity. It's all pretty solid material that we cover (last week we looked at our own weaknesses and strengths, and worked out an action plan to put into place damage control for weakness and growth for strength. Again, not easy) so between difficult lessons we tend to look at some of the more unusual methods of prayer and worship, to open our eyes to communication with God that's more than just talking or singing at Him.

I thought I'd share with you a couple of the videos we use to connect with God. Sometimes we sing along, especially if there are words on screen, and sometimes we just watch and listen and allow the words to move in us. The idea of using video and music to learn and connect with God is very new to the girls but they absolutely love it, and always come up with fantastic insights and things they've heard from God after doing this kind of activity.

This is a fantastic animation set to the song 'Prodigal' by Sovereign Grace Music. It's a beautiful imagining of the story of the prodigal son, and can really help you get into the character of the son and recognise who you are as God's child.

This is a powerful video using the David Crowder Band song 'He is jealous for me' and some extracts of John Piper's teachings. Incredible demonstration of how we can stumble and fail and it's only God's love that we need.

We will also soon be getting into some silent prayer techniques, including using the book 'A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer' by Rusty Rustenbach. I've only got part-way through it but it's a very powerful method of learning to sit and listen to God and be healed by Him. For someone like me who usually finds these methods unworkable, (I have a very short attention span, and get very bogged down with 'shoulds' and 'should nots') it's a surprisingly powerful way of getting to spend time with God and leaving behind our baggage that usually stops us listening to Him.

If anyone has any suggestions for alternative prayer and worship, I'd really love to hear them as I want to keep this a fresh and vibrant part of our syllabus. So if you have any ideas, let me know.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Louise,
    great stuff up on the blog. Liked this article.
    we've tried a couple of things with our youth group here at St Michael's, for our worship times in small groups... I'll try to remember them and post ideas!