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Festapalooza 2008

On Saturday, I spent the day at Capital City Contractors farm out in Western HO Co. We were invited to play for their annual fall festival. It is a great time they host for the Mount Airy Bible Church. There is a fishing tournament, a car show, horse rides, tons of cool games and activities for the whole family.  We got there at about 9:30 am and set up the PA and all the gear.  We started the first of 3 sets about 1 pm and finished up about 4:30.

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Camping @ it’s finest

This past weekend, the iFit group from Cornerstone went camping at Cunningham Falls.  We headed out on Friday afternoon and made it to the camp around 6:30 PM. We got our tent set up and then went over to the community site for dinner and hanging out.  After we chowed down on the normal camping fare of hotdogs and chips etc, we spent the evening sitting around the fire and chilled out.  Sometime during the evening, i broke out the guitar and we sang some cool worship songs.  Mainly ones I remember ( mostly Charlie Hall and 3rd Day) since the bugs were out and we didn’t want to have the lantern on so I could look at cheater charts. On Saturday, a gigantic thunder storm rolled through and drenched us good.  5 of us headed out on a field trip to Gettysburgh PA for lunch and then we went to the new Visitor’s center.  If you have never been there, it is amazing. They got rid of the Electric map from the original welcome center but they replaced it with some pretty cool videos.  We really had a great time.  On the way back to camp, we stopped at the outlets and Alistair picked up some new clothes to take back to England next month. We also picked up some fudge to share with our friends back at camp. We ended up heading home about noon on Sunday.  Overall it was a pretty cool weekend and I got to actually relax a bit.  Check out the pictures over at the iFit site~

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This is your life

yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead
yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken
don’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyes
this is your life and today is all you’ve got now
yeah, and today is all you’ll ever have
don’t close your eyes
don’t close your eyes
this is your life, are you who you want to be
this is your life, are you who you want to be

The above text is from Switchfoot’s song “This is your life”.  I heard it while I was driving home from my Thursday night small group. I have heard the song several times but this time, I thought about it in a new way. Here is how I usually think about it-

Yesterday is a wrinkle on your forehead

– Your past is part of who you are

Yesterday is a promise that you’ve broken

– in the past you’ve had some failures

Don’t close your eyes

– Don’t be discouraged

This is your life, and today is all you have now

-We are not promised tomorrow, get it done today

This is your life, are you who you want to be

– Are you reaching your fullest potential

Thursday night, I thought of it in the context of worship. I began to think about how I see people holding back in worship. I can almost see the inner struggle as I look around the room.  Why is it that we can be afraid to let out our deepest adoration?  I have been there myself at times. Standing in a sea of people wanting to raise my hands or jump up and down, or get down on my knees and then I feel all the eyes in the room starring at me so I hold it all in.

This is your life, are you who you want to be? – Worship is your life, are you worshiping with all of who you are? Are you pouring out all of who you are? If not, why not?  God certainly deserves it. Don’t look at the rest of the room.  Look to the cross, look to the King. Pour out all of who you are!

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Easter ReCap

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So for Easter this year, we did things a little bit different. We started out with a Tenebrae service on Friday night. LeAnn set up the main corridor up with different tables for people to interact with as they made their way to the Worship center. She had a table that had the broken bread, one that had Jesus praying for the disciples, one that was praying for all the saints, the next one was the cup, then finally the garden. Each table had specific scripture and decorations that highlighted each scripture. The Worship center was dark except for a table full of candles and a dimly lit cross on the stage. As the 18th and 19 chapters of John were read, a candle was extinguished every so often until the only light in the room was the dimly lit cross. After prayer, the people were dismissed in silence and given a cut nail on the way out to have as a reminder and something to contemplate over the weekend. The night was very somber.

We picked back up Sunday morning with a video from Sermon Spice called Crucifixion. From there Michael and Terri sang “Were you there”. They ended on the verse with the tomb. After that, Bruce got up and gave the first section of the message. It was asking a lot of questions from the disciples perspective. ” What if were were wrong? What will we do now? ” etc… The band took the stage at the end of the message section and played “By his wounds” during this song, LeAnn changed out the purple fabric on the cross with a white piece. At the end of the song, Bruce came up and invited everyone to come up and take a flower and lay it at the foot of the cross to symbolize laying our brokenness at the feet of Jesus. We went into “Sweetly broken” by Jeremy Riddle when the flower laying was going on. Also during this song, live flowers were placed along the front of the stage to symbolize death to life. After that, the band sat back down and Bruce came back to the stage. He started proclaiming the gospel for all he was worth. It was Awesome. He really did a great job. He finished with prayer and the band came back up on stage. We then played “One Name, Blessed be the Name, and Marvelous Light.” At the end of Marvelous, we cut back into the chorus of Sweetly Broken.

I was spent at the end of the service. I had to find a chair and sit for a few minutes. It is amazing to me how I can play an 1 or 1 &1/2 hour rock set and not be tired but give me a 3 or 4 worship song set and I have to take a break. It was really awesome to hear the feedback after the service. It reached people on many different levels and across the age range of the church. I felt truly blessed to be a part of it.

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USO part 2

Today after church, I spoke with the USAF chaplain that organized the USO tour that Third Day just did in the Persian Gulf.  He said that they did shows in Iraq and also Kuwait.  He said that it was amazing! They had a great time playing and then talking and meeting the troops after the shows.  He said they were already dreaming of doing it again.  My chaplain friend told me he spent two years getting through the red tape of getting a “Christian group”  signed up for the tour.  He said they are planning to have a tour to Afghanistan next  and possibly another trip to Iraq and Kuwait.  Please pray for the folks who are organizing these tours that they can continue to break ceilings in getting Salt and Light to the troops. As someone who has been to the Persian Gulf, I know how much it means to the troops to be able to have some time away from battle and what a better way than with some good music and the Love of Jesus.

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USO Tour

Just found out some cool news the other day.  One of the members of my church is a chaplain with the Pentagon.  He had an idea to do something that has not been done.  Get a Christian Band on a Tour for the troops.  He was able to work out getting Third Day over to the Persian Gulf to Rock out for the folks over there getting it done.  As a vet myself, I think this is AWESOME!!! I wish we would have had that opportunity  when  I was there for Desert Storm.

Thanks Pete!

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One of those days

So today is one of those days when I wonder if I can continue serving in my current role as a worship leader.  I am burnt out, frustrated, confused and have a serious lack of enthusiasm about leading at the moment.  I think the burnt out part is from being so busy.

  • Monday – Bible study/book club
  • Tuesday – College, iFit
  • Wednesday – Practice
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday – Up in the air but we are usually doing something
  • Sunday – Practice and 2 services, Sunday night hang out with friends

The frustrated and confused parts are due to poor communication, poor planning, spiritual warfare etc….  I know that I am in the spot where God wants me to be but my Joy tank is running low.

Prayers please.

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