Global Worship Report
Vol 1, #1
Greetings, Worship and Arts Friends.
Welcome to the first edition of the Global Worship Report from
the AD2000 Movement Worship and Arts Network. We anticipate
this becoming a regular email survey of events, people and
issues pertaining to the arts and worship from various places.
It will include reviews of materials, summaries from worship
writings and articles, etc. We hope to cover a variety of
topics each time.
Our focus is global, and therefore we hope to inform and inspire
you with the things that God is doing in many parts of the
world. While music-related issues will undoubtedly get plenty of
exposure, we hope to cover many aspects of artistic expression.
You may feel free to share this with friends and other
appropriate email or web networks. Unlike the worship and arts
email forum, this is only one way communication. We will
however various email addresses to follow up on items reported
in the newsletter. This report follows the very popular
"Brigada" format using mostly one paragraph summaries.
We eagerly desire feedback, suggestions, submissions, etc. Feel
free to contact me by email, fax, phone or post. See the
contact information at the end of the report and information
about subscribing and unsubscribing.
Coordinator, AD2000 Movement Worship and Arts Network.
Global Worship Report, March, 1998. Vol 1, #1
In this issue:
- Mozambique: Jesus film and worship
- North Korea: Believers use Communist tunes
- Tibet: leading Tibetan musician teaches Christian worker
- Canada: 24-hour non-stop worship service
- South Africa: Keith Green's legacy
- Turkey: Gigantic prayer/worship event at Ephesus, 1999
- England: Kendrick's vision for global worship
- Uganda: African tribal drums in worship and evangelism
- Middle East: Mozart in the Middle East
- USA: Missions Songbook
- Gerrit Gustafson on the link between worship and intercession
- Ron Man on creative ways to present thematic worship
1. (MOZAMBIQUE) JESUS FILM TEAM FOLLOWS 2 CHRON 20 MODEL:
(Summarized from Jesus Film Project February 1997 newsletter).
Following the translation of the JF for the 1.4 million Yao
people of Mozambique a team of 35 and five vehicles started the
long trip from South Africa to the Yao area. As they
traveled they saw that bridges had been blown up and washed away
from the civil war. In their place were make-shift piles of
sticks, twigs and rocks serving as bridges. Crossing these
"bridges" was risky and frightening. It took hours. Any moment
one of the vehicles could have lost its "footing" as the twigs
and rocks gave way. Darkness fell making the crossings even
more dangerous. Then, one of the young women came to Willie,
the leader and said: "This morning the Lord brought 2 Chronicles
20 to my attention. I think it applies to us. In the face of
death and defeat, Jehoshaphat sent out singers and worshipers
who praised the Lord." So at each bridge, one person got out to
guide, one person drove. The rest ran ahead up the hill,
singing and praising God in the darkness. Willie said it was
incredible. At each bridge, every vehicle went across
effortlessly. It was as though they and their precious
cargo of the "Jesus" film and equipment were being held aloft by
angels until they were safely o the other side. Willie
convincingly said "angels had literally carried us across."
They finally arrived, four days late. There were 6000 Yao who
publicly indicated decisions for Christ following several
days showing of the Jesus film. (For more information: Jesus
Film Project. P.O. Box 72007, San Clemente, CA 92674-9207. tel:
2. (NORTH KOREA) CREATIVE USE OF SECULAR MUSIC
From National and International Religion Report, 1995. Thousands of North
Korean believers meet regularly in small, secret prayer
services, reported Isaac Lee. Lee is a North Korean-born U.S.
citizen and Presbyterian minister who heads Seoul-based
Cornerstone Ministries International. Cornerstone was founded
in 1985 to spread the gospel to North Korea and to Koreans in
China, Russia and Mongolia. Lee told reporters he and other
Cornerstone workers met with underground North Korean church
groups in recent trips. To avoid raising suspicion, the
believers sing hymns set to tunes of Communist propaganda songs.
Believers include Communist Party members and military officers,
3. (TIBET) USING TIBETAN MUSIC AND DRAMA:
Mark (last name
witheld) had a vision to use Tibetan music and drama in
evangelism. He needed contacts. While in Tibet, Mark met
the musician known as Tibet's most famous living composer. Soon
Mark was learning Tibetan music forms from him. And then the
impossible happened. He got a long term visa to reside in
Lhasa. Mark is now working with some students at the Kathmandu
Seminary in Nepal to produce a Tibetan/Nepali worship tape.
4. (CANADA) 24-HOUR WORSHIP SERVICE:
In February, 1997 The
Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF), home church of the
the Toronto Blessing held a 24-hour non-stop praise gathering,
using seven worship leaders and dozens of singers. About 200
worshipers persevered to the end of the TACF gathering.
"Just about anybody can worship for one hour but, after 24,
people were sacrificing their time and energy, and it was all
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5. (SOUTH AFRICA): KEITH GREEN'S LEGACY:
McBride, head of OM's Nepal field traveled to South Africa for
ministry. On a trip from Port Elizabeth to Capetown Dave
traveled with Glen, a missionary with YWAM. As they shared Dave
told how he had a call to missions fifteen years ago at a
Keith Green Memorial Concert in the USA. As they compared notes
and dates both Dave and Glen discovered something quite
astounding. Glen was one of the mission personnel facilitating
that missions concert fifteen years ago!
6. (TURKEY) PRAYER/WORSHIP JOURNEY:
In September, 1999,
hundreds of people will visit Turkey as tourists as part of a
massive prayer journey coordinated by The Chrsitian Information
Network. All will meet in the beautifully restored city of
ancient Ephesus, the center of world Christianity for 200 years.
Diana of the Ephesians was the godess idol that kept Asia Minor
in darkness until Paul arrived. That is where they shouted
"Great is Diana of the Ephesians" for two hours (see Acts
19:34). We hope to proclaim "Great is Jesus of Nazareth" for
four hours! Worship leaders Ross Parsley and David Morris have
agreed to design the program. A 100-voice Korean choir will end
the celebration with the Hallelujah Chorus. (For more
information, contact Global Harvest Ministries, PO Box 63060,
Colorado Springs, CO 80962. e-mail:
7. (LONDON, UK): GRAHAM KENDRICK'S VISION OF GLOBAL WORSHIP
Excerpt from Public Praise, by Graham Kendrick, Creation House,
1992) "During (a) time of worship a vision formed in my mind. I
saw the earth as if viewed from space, spinning on its axis, its
continents, oceans and islands clearly defined. But then
hundreds of threads, each a different color, appeared from out
of the nations, arcing out, upward and around the earth,
converging above it. As they met, they crisscrossed and weaved
in and out of each other over the globe until I could see that
something was being woven there. With the multicolored
threads still connected to their respective geographical
starting points, a gigantic banner had been formed. It hung
there billowing gently over the whole globe, overshadowing it.
I looked to see whether a design had emerged out of the weaving
of the threads. To my joy, on the underside, visible from
the earth was the face of Jesus. I knew immediately that the
multi-colored threads represented worship rising to the Lord
from believers of every nation, people, tribe and language. The
different colors represented the unique gifts of worship that
flowed from the nations, a beautiful variety of expressions.
The love gifts of millions of hearts lent color and
distinctiveness by the contexts of vastly different cultures.
This variety was the very thing that made the forming of the
8. AFRICAN TRIBAL DRUMS
as reported in Christianity Today, May
15, 1995: "Drums are part of the African tradition to send
messages. They are like the bells in the church to call people
to pray," says Alex Mukulu, director of the Ugandan dance troupe
Impact International. "Your Western drummers beat away but don't
say anything with it-only 'boom chuck.'" Mukulu says, laughing.
"In Uganda, different rhythms have different purposes-as the
village alarm clock or a call to work.. Much of the music and
dance attempts to show and to affirm the values of African
customs and traditions," says Mukulu. "Our role is to emphasize
and point to those values in every form of culture that are
not sinful, so our people may not lose their traditions but
rather perfect them."
9. (MIDDLE EAST): BUILDING BRIDGES TO UNREACHED PEOPLE<>
THROUGH THE ARTS
From SIM Now Newsletter): "He's known
affectionately as Mozart. His visa says he's an
"ethnomusicological coordinator." But Mozart is really a
missionary. Because of increasing restrictive government
regulations where he serves, Mozart was forced to turn his
musical hobby into his expatriate identity. He learned the
music of the local culture and played it on exotic instruments.
"I fell in love with the music," Mozart says, "and when I sang
the national songs in my adopted language, the people loved me.
"He's a foreigner, and he sings our music!" they would exclaim
with wonder and delight. And beneath that statement they
thought, "Perhaps we have value after all." But God wanted
Mozart to share much more than dignity with the people. One day,
he was invited to present a public seminar on Western music to
an upper class Muslim audience during Ramadan, Islam's holiest
month. He chose the complex opening chorus of the St Matthew's
Passion by J.S. Bach. He would break down the chorus into its
components, then reassemble it, "so the audience could
understand that there was some meaning and order behind this
wall of sound produced by a baroque orchestra and double chorus
with boys' choir." Since Christians are forbidden to openly
share their faith or publicly preach the gospel in most Muslim
countries, God provides creative, legal ways for those He loves
to hear His good news. "The medium was music," Mozart recalls
with a grin, "so I offended no one, but the message of the cross
came right off the pages of Matthew 25 and 26."
10: (USA) WORSHIP AND ARTS NETWORK PREPARING MISSIONS<>
SONGBOOK: Responding to an email alert from a musician needing
some missions theme songs for a church missions conference,
the AD2000 Movement Worship and Arts Network is at work
preparing a 25-song resource to help meet this need. Along with
lead sheets of the songs, there will be an accompanying demo
CD to help teach the songs. The Network seeks to network,
mobilize and resource music and arts ministries in many parts of
the world. Scott Wesley Brown, one of the compilers, commented:
"This could be one of the most significant resources in recent
years to help focus attention on completing the Great
Commission. The songs will challenge, inspire, and most of all,
celebrate what God is doing throughout the earth." (For more
information on the songbook and CD contact Frank Fortunato at
his e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 770-631-0432)<>
11. GERRIT GUSTAFSON ON THE STRATEGIC LINKING OF PRAISE AND<>
(Excerpted): Priests have two primary functions: 1) to
enter God's presence with sacrifices and 2) to stand in His
presence on behalf of the needs of others. The Worship Movement
has been learning the art of entering (Ps. 100:4). The Prayer
Movement has been learning the art of standing in behalf of
others (Is. 57:7). Fundamentally, the Prayer Movement and the
Worship Movement are two branches of a larger movement: the
restoration of the Church as a functioning priesthood. Someone
once said, we don't fully understand prayer until we understand
worship; nor do we fully understand worship until we understand
prayer. Worship is the harp referenced in Revelation 5.
Intercession is the bowl. "Worship intercession" is the harp
and the bowl together. One of the best contemporary examples of
the merger of the harp and the bowl is the international March
for Jesus. It is an excellent blend of corporate celebration,
repentance and petition.
(Contact Gerrit for more of his writings and his worship
recordings designed for use in small churches. WholeHearted
Worship, 1830 Air Lane Drive, #3-B, Nashville, TN 37210.
fax: 615-889-1439. e-mail:
12. RON MAN ON THEMATIC WORSHIP:
(Excerpted from Creator
Magazine, May/June, 1996) Contrary to traditional opinion,
there is no law that all verses of a hymn must be used.
In fact, if a theme is being developed, very often only
one or two verses pertain to that theme. As an example, the
first verses of both "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty"
and "Crown Him with Many Crowns" refer to Christ as King,
(while the other verses to not), and would be effectively
incorporated into a service celebrating Jesus as King of Kings.
If a theme provides direction for the songs being selected, the
juxtaposition of hymns and choruses need not be stylistically
jarring. Medleys can be made using a cohesive accompanimental
style. A wonderful way to help develop a worship theme is to use
original responsive readings of Scripture texts. Such readings
are not difficult to develop with the use of a concordance,
especially a computer concordance which allows for searches of
pairings of specific words. (Ron is Pastor of Worship and Music
at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, TN. e-mail:
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