Last night was a long night of rehearsing. On top of our typical rehearsal, we had to do a run-through for our Worship Night, which, in and of itself, is about an hour and a half of music and Scripture. I asked the band to be flexible and to be ready to work it out. There is now no doubt in my mind that I have the best band on the face of the planet. Not only was rehearsal productive. It was FUN!
I have the honor and privilege of leading a band that volunteers their time and talents. They are a living sacrifice of praise to Jesus. They sacrifice their time with their families and friends, and they receive no monetary/earthly gain from it. This is so impressive to me–the kind of character, poise, and servant-ship that these guys and gals display each week. If you are a part of Hope Fellowship Church, I’m asking that you hug one or more of the band members this Sunday. Show them some love!
What we do each week is not taken lightly by anyone on our stage. We know the eternal impact that we can potentially and hopefully make. We actually discuss this each week in our band devos. We start with our own hearts and work our way outward. The Message by Eugene Peterson paraphrases John 4:23-24 this way:
It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship. God is sheer being itself — Spirit. Those who worship him must do it out of their very being, their spirits, their true selves, in adoration.
This is our goal! This is what we are about! My prayer for those of you reading this is that you gain a clearer understanding of who God is, what it means to worship him in “Spirit and in truth”, and that when you get in your cars to head to work or home from work or whatever you might be doing, that you would begin to engage with God, your Creator! Then, when you walk into Hope Fellowship Church or whatever church you may attend, that worship that’s been in your hearts all week long will be uncontainable. Church might not look the same as it used to. It might have a different flavor — a better flavor. And it might just get a little crazy! Yes!
This Sunday evening, we are going to give you an opportunity to express your love and adoration for God in a pure and authentic way. You seriously don’t want to miss it! If you have any questions, you may comment on this page or send me a direct email at firstname.lastname@example.org.