Yesterday was Labor Day. So I didn’t labor. That’s why I’m doing this today!
We had a really great time of worship in The Bridge on Sunday. A lot of technical stuff went wrong on my end, and I just had to give up, take my own advice, and let it be awkward. Once I had let go, I was able to worship. Chad Hutton filled in for Mark, and did a fantastic job challenging us during the service. You should check out his blog here and his twitter page here. He’s a brilliant, stylish man with a huge heart for Jesus. And he loves Cracker Barrel oatmeal.
Here’s what we sang in The Bridge this past Sunday:
If I had to describe yesterday’s Bridge service in one word, it would be: saucy. If I were given 1.5 words: boom-saucy.
Worship was great. Just great. Mark and I designed a special open-ended time after the message for us all to pray and worship as we felt led. Mark challenged us heavy, heavy, heavy. And it was wonderful. The Spirit was definitely moving in a lot of people, and it pulled the congregation together in a deep way. I saw several people praying together after the service, something we’ve been striving for as a church. People living life with people.
If you’re a worship leader or someone in a church leadership role (staff or not), you’ve probably experienced the frustration of a “dead crowd”. We ask ourselves How in the world could these people be standing still, staring at the stage looking like they either want to beat somebody up or can’t wait to get to Shoney’s? I believe this is a legitimate desire wrapped up in that ugly school wrapping paper you bought from your niece so she could win a trip to Disney World. No one likes that.
Of course we want to see true transformation in people’s lives expressed in joyful worship! But the part that gets the air-time is the nasty, judgmental spirit that can rot a fellowship of believers from the inside out. The Enemy loves a noble complainer. Continue reading →