A Cornerstone Key Word…

When I think of Cornerstone many things come to mind: loud music, elephant ears, seminars, camping, the lake, etc. One thing that often gets lost in the shuffle for me is one that at a Christian event should be a high priority: WORSHIP.

Worship means many things to many people. A common misconception is that it consists solely of a guy or girl playing songs on a guitar while a crowd sings along. That is ONE element of worship. Worship encompasses prayer, scripture, preaching, music, dancing, pretty much our entire lives.

There is no shortage of worship opportunities at this year’s festival. No matter what your church background, liturgical to Pentecostal, you should be able to find something at Cornerstone that fits. Here is a sampling of what can be found:

Catholic Mass- Hosted by the Imagninarium seminar tent, this will take place Wed. – Fri. at 9 am.

Breakaway- Teenagers can worship each morning with a band and speaker just for them. The Alive Band will be leading this year followed by various speakers. As usual, this will be at the Gallery Stage.

Nailed (To The Cross)- This “freeform” service of music, prayer, scripture, communion, and Bible study takes place nightly at The Asylum, the goth tent. Don’t be afraid if you aren’t goth, the services are open to all. I received a warm welcome in there earlier today.

Morning Services/Bible Studies at Generator Stages- The Generator Stages are known for their loud screaming and grinding guitars but a couple of them are taking time out for worship and study this year. Check with the stages to find one. There is also a morning service at the Sancrosanct Records Stage.

11 PM Services at Anchor/Come and Live!- This tent co-hosted by Nashville church The Anchor Fellowship and Come and Live will close out the night with worship music and a speaker from a band. I attended some of their services last year, and they were very powerful.

Community Gathering- The grandaddy of all Cornerstone festival worship services! This year’s service will be held on Main Stage Friday night. Parachute Band will start off the worship followed by a little known worship artist; I believe his name is David Crowder. I sure hope he knows what to do!

These are the ones that are in the official program. If there are any worship opportunities that I have left off, feel free to add them to the comments section.

Most importantly, while at Cornerstone this week, enjoy the music, but don’t forget to nourish your soul and connect with the Savior.

Saturday’s Youth Group of the Day

Saturday Group of the Day“We clean main stage every morning,” even if it means Kyle Anderson and the rest of the Clarksville First Church of the Nazarene climb through the mud on the hill.

“Today was especially bad,” Kyle said of this dirty job. With a large group it’s about a 30 minute job that entails picking up trash around the stage and behind stage too.

Senior Sam Wyatt says it’s the group’s second year volunteering, and third year He was especially excited by the music, especially Sleeping Giant.

Thanks to these willing volunteers, who take time to serve during the festival!

The other side of Cornerstone

For my Friday report, I’m going to leave the band comments to the guys (we wound up seeing a lot of the same shows yesterday and they’re better able to describe them!). I’d like, instead, to focus on the other side of Cornerstone. While we talk mostly about music here, there’s a lot else that the festival has to offer. I took in several things on the other side yesterday.

Seminars:

As the emcee at the Stavesacre show said on Thursday, “If you’ve been coming to Cornerstone for more than 4 years and haven’t seen a seminar, you’re missing out.” This year’s seminar lineup was first-rate, featuring authors of popular books and thought-provoking topics.

Tony Jones & Phyllis Tickle brought seminars about the Emerging Church (or whatever you want to call that these days). Tickle also offered a short seminar on Friday about fixed-hour prayer, where she outlined the 7 practices or disciples brought into Christianity from Judaism: tithing, fasting, sacred meal (3 practices to disciple the physical), fixed hour prayer, sabbath, liturgical year, and pilgrimage (4 practices to discipline time).

Also on Friday, Andrew Marin continued his Love is An Orientation series. I didn’t hang around for it (went to another seminar instead) but he was definitely drawing large crowds for this talk, presumably related to the book by the same name.

The Music Professionals Series provided an accessible way for industry folks and up-and-coming bands to learn more about radio. That tent was packed with people asking questions of how to get their songs to break thru into radio.

The seminars are done for 2009 (other than the general session this afternoon), but there’s no doubt next year will offer another round of inspiring & challenging talks.

Art:

Burning Brush, the visual arts wing of the fest, presented the Parables of Jesus as the theme for their 2009 pilgrimage art installation. The pilgrimage, which runs from the Merch Tent to the Footbridge, features maybe 20 different art pieces of all kinds of media. A gorgeous batik and large mosaic of flowers anchor one end of the pilgrimage (the mosac shows great ingenuity by the artist, since it uses recycled bottle caps – from soda bottles, hershey’s syrup bottles, and more).

Breakaway:

Breakaway is held each morning in the Gallery, with worship & speakers relevant to high school students & those who work with them. I chaperoned a youth group several years ago, and though I don’t do so anymore, I still remember what a powerful experience Cornerstone can be for students. Breakaway is an excellent thing to include alongside seeing your favorite bands and hanging out with friends.

And many more…

Cornerstone is so diverse; it’s impossible to experience all of it. Try as I might, I never quite get around to seeing films at Flickerings (though maybe tonight for The Wizard of Oz or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – both old favorites of mine). I don’t have kids, so I don’t make use of Creation Station – though every time I walk by, I can’ t help but smile. Then there’s the volleyball torunament, skateboard ramp, soccer fields, prom at the Asylum, impromptu rounds of buck-buck on the main stage hill, swimming in the lake, etc. Way too much to possibly take in!

Friday’s Youth Group of the Day

Friday Group of the DayComing to us from Cedar Rapids, IA is Echo Hill Presbyterian, joining us for the first time at Cornerstone.

This group loves the music, but says the food is another favorite.

They love grabbing a sandwich from the food court but no meal is complete without the sugary goodness of an elephant ear.

The guys say they really liked Family Force 5 and they are excited to see The Devil Wears Prada, Underoath and Shiny Toy Guns.

Lots of youth groups make Cornerstone part of their summer plans. In addition to the great music and seminars, there’s Breakaway, our youth program with its own speaker and worship band. If you haven’t brought a group, think about doing what Echo Hill did and bring your youth group to Cornerstone!

Cornerstone Life in Photos

Feel like you’re missing out on Cornerstone since you couldn’t make it to the farm this year?

Wondering what your kids are up to this week?

Wanting to know what there is beyond music?

Here’s a little of what you could be experiencing (all links take you to the photo gallery):

Next year, just outside Bushnell!

Thursday’s Youth Group of the Day

Thursday Group of the Day

Youth Group of the Day
Crosspoint Community Church
Nashville, TN

“I love it. It’s absolutely amazing.” 10th grader Lane Hinchliffe sums
up the feelings from Crosspoint Community Church as they make their
first trip to Cornerstone as a group. Youth leader Bret Pemelton is a
Cornerstone veteran, and this time brought 17 people nine hours to the
festival.

Lane said his favorite shows are War of Ages, Red, Family Force 5, and
the worship at Breakaway.

Emily Fernandez will also be a 10th grader this fall. She said there’s
one reason she came to Cornerstone, “The bands. The music.”

Her favorites include Owl City and Anberlin. She said the festival’s
been really cool and would tell her friends they should come next
year.