Worship planning for August 9, 2009

I’m leading music at my church again this weekend. Which means time to start planning and putting a bunch of music together. It’s such an awesome process. To think about putting music together so that people can corporately praise God. It’s an amazing time to sit down and think about the words of songs and their meaning and how they can draw people into God’s presence.

Whenever I do try to plan worship, I try and think of a central theme that can be sung throughout the music. In an ideal world, the music would say the exact same thing as the message being preached that day is saying. Unfortunately that doesn’t always work. So through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit, I pick songs that I believe God is leading me to.

I am not certain yet where God is leading for this week of worship. We will find out in the next few hours, hopefully. My personal goal would be to have all of the music at least picked out by tonight and e-mailed to Armida at church by the morning. We’ll see if that desire matches up with God’s plan for this week.

Spocon 2009

As one of my last forays into the technology industry, I fulfilled my duties as LAN chair for Spocon 2009.

I was again confirmed to me this weekend that while technology is a great hobby. It’s not what I’m supposed to be doing with my life. I did nothing but sit in the LAN room and watch people play games all day long. It was a good time to reconnect with a lot of my friends from Clan HOOD and see some new faces that I’d only talked to through forums before.

I am not nearly as exhausted as I was last year. I actually made it into work today on time. I took the Monday after the con off last year. I also took the time to sleep during the con. I ended up shutting the lan room down Saturday night at 1am because I didn’t want to be extremely tired the next morning (I had to lead worship at church).

Overall I’m glad it’s over and glad to be closing the book on that part of my life. Jason is planning on starting up LAN gaming under Orange Blossom Studios, a game design studio he and I are apart of. If we do end up starting up a new LAN gaming group, I will be on the side-lines offering what advice I can. Jason has the drive and the motivation to do it. I wish him well.

The Starbuck’s Mentality

What is it about the coffee shop that everyone likes? Are we, as a people, wannabe beatnik’s in disguise? Why is Starbuck’s one of the largest food chains in the world?  Why is it that one little drink has become such a huge driving force our country?

As someone who is trying to turn over a new leaf, I often think of coffee shops as a safe place to let my creative juices flow.  I have a strong urge to write or draw (which I’m terrible at) anytime I walk into a coffee shop.  As a matter of fact, I started writing this post in a Starbuck’s in Seattle on 6th Ave. & Stewart St.  As someone who wants to find out what it means to be a starving artist, coffee shops are a haven for me to practice my craft. While I’ve never been one for writing a lot, I do enjoy it and I want to learn to be more consistent in it.  I can think of no better place to begin than a coffee shop.

Maybe intimacy is the answer.  As I write this, there is a couple sitting less than 5 feet from me and I have no idea what they’re saying.  Not from lacking listening, that’s for sure. :p.  Having the decor Starbuck’s does portrays a sense that things are calm and there is no need to rush through life. Ironic that they serve a caffeine drink and want to provide a place for someone to relax/destress before their day starts.

While I may not have an answer, what I do know is that Starbuck’s and coffee shops in general have become an integral part of American culture.  I’ve always wondered how they changed from the eccentric artist hang out to the central meeting place for most college students and quite a few business people. Maybe coffee shops have always been popular and my perception of them has changed.  While I’m not a coffee drinker, more and more of my friends are and they enjoy meeting over a cup of coffee.

In the end my thoughts on coffee and their shops doesn’t matter. They’re here, they’re a great place to hang out, and they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.