I saw the light… and it was beautiful.
Recently I read an article that discussed how the Church often views worship. The premise was that, in this consumer based society, we can be quite picky about how we give praise to God. We want to worship in a certain way, in a certain place, and with a certain type of music. Overcoming these ideas takes humility and a willingness to be stretched and moved out of our comfort zone.
Let me just say, I am proud and overjoyed to be a part of a church that is willing to do these things. Tuesday night our three sites gathered together at Hamilton Road to worship in a way that was a little different from what we normally experience on a Sunday morning. If I were to describe the music in one word, it would be COUNTRY….country to the core. We had a banjo, a mandolin, a dobro, and the fastest version of “I Saw the Light” that I have ever heard. I dare say that we made Hank proud. You can see more photos from the night here.
But it isn’t the music that makes nights like this memorable. It isn’t the lights or the production or even the fact that we are gathered together with lots of old friends. It is simply the fact that God’s people, in this set apart time, meet with Jesus. We encounter Him in ways that move us and inspire us to know Him even deeper. We come away refreshed and refueled because we have met with God.
As Rusty was speaking Tuesday night, he focused on the idea that a light does its best work in the darkness, where no other light is shining. It’s awesome to have nights like this in the presence of so many other “lights”. We need this; we need to be recharged and rekindled. But ultimately, our light is not to be kept to ourselves. We are kingdom representatives. We are torch bearers. We are the light of the world. It’s a heavy responsibility. But, the more time we spend in the presence of God, the way we did Tuesday night, the more we realize that we do not go into the darkness alone, and our faith increases in this critical truth: “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
Worship Leader, Lee-Scott site