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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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We’re a team, me and God

Psalm 150:6

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

I am finding that the days just run together lately. My mind has been consumed with all of the “What if’s” that come with a dying relative and decisions that had to be made with putting Dad into Hospice care. I know we made the right choice because it is what he wanted to happen. My mind has just been flooded with all the questions. I tried to go down to the beach last night to clear my head but it was raining and the wind was really coming off the water too hard for me to stay. The water was very rough and pounded the beach very hard. I could relate to the sand in that moment, pounded and tossed around landing in a strange place then for a few moments, peace, and then a new wave bringing more water down on my head. Tonight I headed down there again. The weather was great but the ocean was pretty rough. I gazed out at the horizon, panning around the beauty of God’s creation. At that moment, I found myself worshiping. God of wonders, beyond our galaxy, You ARE Holy. In that place, God gave me a peace in my heart. I know that the next days are going to be some of the most challenging as Dad comes to his end but I believe that if I keep my focus on Jesus through this time, it will be easier.

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What’s going on

Not a question, as in Marvin Gaye’s great song but more of what has been happening in my world lately.

My dad gave us a scare. He got dehydrated and had to be taken to the ER. The radiation he had made it very painful for him to swallow so he wasn’t always taking his meds. The doctors were able to insert a pic line so they could hydrate him as well as a feeding tube so he could get some nourishment. The anti-biotics they have him on as well as getting food have started having positive effects. He has started participating in his PT and is also coming around mentally. Thank you all who have been praying for him. It is working and he has a long way to go in his recovery so please keep him before the Lord.

I have been pretty busy myself. I started teaching myself the Perl programming language and I think I overloaded my brain. I am almost certain there was smoke coming from my ears. I set up an account of Facebook and have been able to get in touch with some old friends. Tomorrow I am taking my Father-in-law golfing because I will be down helping out with my Dad next weekend when his birthday rolls around. I have also been thinking a lot about what Cornerstone needs to do to start growing more in worship. I think we are being called to step out of our comfort zones and see where God leads us.

PS- I got the book for my next class, it is CSI135. UNIX/Linux with some scripting thrown in. The book is “A Practical guide to Ubuntu Linux” I really would have thought that they would have used more of a Server Class OS like RHEL/CentOS, SLES, Open Solaris or maybe even BSD. The class will be pretty easy except for the scripting. Everything else in the book I do on a daily basis.

PPS- I have to go rest up for golf tomorrow. I will post again soon.

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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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Creative Chaos

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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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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