“Introvert” — A Parody (Music Video)

IntrovertI’m an introvert, which means that although I enjoy being around people, it takes energy. Being alone (and being creative) gives me energy; it helps me recharge. (This is a great book to understand me.)

This pandemic season is a weird one for introverts. On the one hand, we can’t have meetings with people (in person). The meetings we do have include an extra measure of energy-depletion (video conferencing). And yet, it’s hard to be alone (in a house of seven people).

So, I’ve been doing some creative activities to recharge my brain.

Last weekend, I created and shared a parody music video—”I Don’t Want to Live on the Zoom.”

I that I’d share another this week—a parody of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt” (which became one of Johnny Cash’s best recordings and music videos).

I hope this brings a little humor to your day. I sure enjoyed it.

Introvert (YouTube Video)

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“I Don’t Want to Live on the Zoom” — A Parody (Music Video)

I Don't Want to Live on the ZoomZoom. Are you sick of living on it yet?

In high school and college, I loved writing parodies of my favorite songwriters’ hits. It was a good practice that taught me more than I expected about writing song lyrics. I still enjoy it.

My absolute favorite Sesame Street song is “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon” (sung by Ernie, written by Jeff Moss in 1978). I’ve been playing and singing it for my kids (and for myself) for years.

Last weekend, I said to myself, “I don’t want to live on the Zoom.” I knew I had to write this parody. So, on Monday night I wrote and recorded the lyrics. On Tuesday I shot a video. (Pardon my unpolished and unprofessional vocal, piano, audio-recording, and video-editing skills!)

I hope this brings a little humor to your day. I sure enjoyed it.

I Don’t Want to Meet on the Zoom (YouTube Video)

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When Your Church Can’t Meet: The Value of Liturgy

When Your Church Can't Be Together, It Can Be Together In Its LiturgyLiturgy is the form of worship that a church walks through when it assembles.

“Liturgy is the customary public worship performed by a religious group. As a religious phenomenon, liturgy represents a communal response to and participation in the sacred through activity reflecting praise, thanksgiving, supplication or repentance.” source

In our church, our liturgy takes the form of Call to Worship, Confession of Sin (or Lament), Remembering the Gospel, Thanksgiving and Prayer, Offering, Scripture Reading, Sermon, and Benediction (Blessing and Sending). These elements include both songs and responsive readings, as well as times of silent meditation.

A benefit of a liturgical form is that when your church has to assemble in small groups or cannot assemble at all, the people know what to do. When your people cannot be together as a whole, they can be together in their liturgy.

If your church can’t assemble this Sunday, and you need a worship service in your home, our church posts our entire liturgy with song videos on our blog. Search the “Service Previews.” Then go to Sermons page to hear the message for that Sunday.

Need more songs to sing? Visit my worship song page or Hymnicity.

Fear and Sparrows — A Song for Days of Uncertainty

Fear and Sparrows — Luke 12:4–7“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

— Luke 12:4–7

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