This weekend I had planned on taking Sunday off from playing. I wanted to come to church to worship at Connexus from an angle that I don't normally get to experience..in a seat! I ended up leading the last song at the last minute, but intially I sat in the congregation for the first service.
I was overwhelmed with the sense of excitement all around me. This excitement wasn't directly from the band, but from everyone attending Connexus on Sunday morning. I had a real sense of something is happening here, I wanted to be there (and not because I'm on staff), I didn't want to miss out. It was so refreshing and encouraging to feel this way. I attribute these feeling to a few things:
1) Our musicians continue to blow me away. Week after week they pour their time, efforts, and hearts into our music and it shows! They love to play, they believe what they sing, and God is moving through them. I am continually stretched and continue to learn so much from them.
2) Our congregation is singing more than I have seen before. I continue to see more and more new people and they're singing! Wow! Not that this is a necessity, but it does in some way indicate that our band's hard work is paying off. People are engaged in what we are doing and I believe God's spirit is moving in ways that we can't ever know. However, I did get a taste of it on Sunday.
3) Our Connexus family is amazing! Week after week I am inspired by our
congregation. We are the hardest working congregation I have ever
seen. The most giving of time and self that I have ever encountered
and it challenges and encourages me in new ways every week. The
excitemement I felt is from the sincere desire of our congregation to
live like Jesus. To be in the middle of it all, get our hands dirty and live out our faith.
Before I sign off I really want to celebrate our musicians. If you have any comments please share them with us. I think our musicians are amazing, and committed to excellence. They are why the music is so good. It is because they care enough to give it their all, wear their hearts on their sleeve and worship Jesus in a powerful way. It is because I never hear, “it's just church”. They play their best because it is more than just church. It is God changing lives.
Have a great week,