Regina And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Wonderful Day

As I finished high school, I wanted to go on a 10 day Youth on Missions trip to Berlin and Budapest. The year was 1992, and the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, so this was literally a once in a lifetime experience. My parents were agreeable, so I sent in my deposit to secure my spot. I was SO excited to be going. I happened to see Oklahoma’s youth president at a church convention, and he mentioned to me that I wasn’t on the list of those going. Didn’t I want to go? I said absolutely, and my dad placed a call the next business day while I was in school. The secretary had somehow misplaced my check…

Worship Styles: Principles of Participation

I would like to share my opinions and observations of what has changed in church music services and what has come of those changes. I’d like to apply the principles introduced in my last post, What’s The Point, to the topic of songs in church. What is the point of a church worship service? Everyone involved in a service in any way should know what their goal is. The way I see it, my goal as a musician involved in the service, (besides personally worshiping my Lord and Savior, which is the most important goal of all) is to facilitate and contribute to others worshiping of our Lord Jesus Christ. The music department is most successful when its contribution leads…

What’s The Point?

Each one of us is pulled in 1000 different directions each day. If we are not careful, we will set out to do one thing and end up doing another. It is crucial in these busy times to remember The Point. What do I mean by The Point? I mean the primary reason we started out to do what we are doing: our original motivation. For example, my husband and I decided to homeschool our children because we thought it was the way they would get the best education. It wasn’t to save money. It wasn’t to protect them socially. It was to teach them to learn how to learn and to grow them into thinking adults who are able…