Posts Tagged “Creativity”

Whether you are a creator or curator of worship there are always times when the blank screen seems to stay blank longer than you would like.  Words don’t come.

I find that those weeks are the ones where I haven’t had the time to read enough, to talk enough or to think and pray enough.  Most weeks there are places I go looking for inspiration.  Places where I know I might find that one line, one thought, one fragment of something which will ignite my imagination.

People create worship in lots of different ways.  I like to begin at the beginning and at the end.  I think a Call to Worship and a Benediction set a tone and a context that help me to fill in the part in the middle.  But before I put pen to paper or press a key I visit some places…

Abbotsford

Roddy posts a ‘Chocolate Teapot’ most weeks.  These are his first reactions to the text for the week.  A thought, or at least the start of one…  He also frequently posts fantastic prayers which I find help me with those beginnings and endings

Laughing Bird

A great lectionary resource.  I head straight for the commission and benediction section.  Again, just a few words can crystalise a theme.

Disclosing New Worlds

Lawrence Moore’s great commentary blog.  Unfortunately, but understandably, it is difficult to keep up this kind of in-depth stuff each week but check the archive for some brilliant stuff.

Lectionary Liturgies

Great liturgies based on the Revised Common Lectionary.

The Text This Week

The one stop shop for all your worship needs.  Loads of links to all kinds of places.

So, where do you go for inspiration?

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In his blog today Seth Godin talks about what happens in between frames in comics.  We use our imagination to fill in the action we don’t see on paper.  We don’t need to know everything.  We can work it out for ourselves.

The same thing happens when we read a book.  We visualise.  We create a rich image based on the small amount of information we get from the book.  That’s why movies of our favourite books often don’t live up to our expectations because  they aren’t how we imagined they would look.

It is our nature to imagine and create and find links.

I wonder how many preachers have worked this out?  And why Jesus told parables without explaining them?

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Today my youth work class at ICC unveiled their ‘mystery boxes’. The idea came from JJ Abrams’ amazing TED talk:

The task was to bring something which would intrigue the rest of the class but also enable them to learn something.

Mystery Box 1 contained 2 djembe drums and some ‘instructions’.

Beatless

Beatless

Mystery Box 2 was a geek paradise… Warhammer 40,000.  Ross got far too into the game!!!

Ultramarines

Ultramarines

The final mystery box contained some reflections helping people to think about ‘Where is God?’

Hmmm

Hmmm

The three ‘boxes’ were all very different and challenging in their own ways.  We all had a laugh and hopefully learned something new… even if it was that Sam never wants to play Warhammer again!

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Sir Ken Robinson talks about his new book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything in the film of a talk at the RSA below.The book dropped onto my doormat yesterday morning and I’m really looking forward to reading it.  But for now have a look at a man who has clearly found his passion talking about how others can be helped to find theirs, and why that matters.

For further and probably much more informed thought than you will get here have a read at Ewan’s great post on the issues raised in the book.

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Sir Ken Robinson gives a challenging talks on education and creativity to TED.  Go make a cuppa and spend 20min watching.

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I’ve got a notebook for work.  It’s an A5 hardback plain paper book (from W H Smith as it happens… Moleskine next time) and I have set it out with tabs.  It was/is a key part of my plan to Get Things Done.  It works for work.  I write stuff I have to do from meetings in it, draw little boxes next to ‘to do’ items and tick them off when I do them.  All good.

I also have sections for ‘Someday’, ‘Blog’, ‘Projects’ and ‘Training’.  I don’t seem to write much in these.  I’ve written 2 things in the ‘blog’ bit, 1 page of stunning ideas in the ‘training’ bit and nothing in the ‘someday’ section.

Is this normal?  Should I have dreams and visions that I record in my nice notebook?  Just wondering…

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