Preparing to Experience (Part 2): A Tale of Sunday Drama

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015

Since Kerry is on the home front on Sunday mornings and getting our four kids ready alone on Sunday mornings, she will be sharing Part two of our Preparing to Experience Corporate Worship, which has a little “Sunday Drama.” If you missed Part One, please check it out too! Preparing the family for corporate worship is a big deal. Sometimes it feels like all of Satan’s comrades are joining together to prevent your family from showing up to church with smiles on your faces–or even with your sanity. Since I have the privilege of leading worship several Sundays a month, we typically have a very specific routine that helps us get to church around 7:30 on Sunday mornings. One Sunday I was “off” from leading and I decided to intentionally experiment with what it might look like for the typical family on a Sunday morning who needs to get to church around 9:30. Let me first introduce you to our children: We have a 7 year old, 5 year old, 3 year old and an 18 month old. It should be pretty quick and easy to get everyone ready for church, right? After all, we had two extra hours in our morning before church. Here’s how that unusual Sunday morning went for us: I woke up. Then I went to wake up the kids. I discovered a little boy whose diaper leaked at some point in the early morning hours and then I found another child that had pee in her bed. So, two kids needed baths. If the rare occasion of a wet bed is going to occur, you can almost bet it will happen on a Sunday morning! It was a chilly morning so I had to dry their hair. And then style everyone’s hair. At the age of my kids, it’s seldom a pleasant experience. I have a 5 year old that is incredibly tender-headed and an almost 4-year-old who consistently hates everything about the way I try to fix her hair. Nonetheless, hair gets done and we proceed to pick out clothes. Two of the four outfits need to be ironed. As I finish ironing and I’m calling the kids to come to my room to grab their outfits, one of the kids injures herself on the untimely appearance of a protruding doorknob. She cries for three minutes straight. On this particular Sunday, the kids picked outfits that would look...

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Preparing to Experience (Part 1): Looking Sharp for Worship

Posted by on Jun 28, 2015

Athletes never show up to a competition without making preparations. They have usually “watched film,” strategized about the game plan and practiced hard. Then game day approaches. Most athletes have pre-game routines. They could have a certain meal that they eat before a game like Wade Bogg’s chicken dinners. Maybe it’s a certain activity like Calvin Johnson’s yoga routine before game time. Or listening to certain music and envisioning on-the-field success. It’s all in an attempt to prepare their minds and bodies for their big day. Maybe you’ve never ventured into a corporate worship gathering with the mentality of a prepared athlete. We’re hoping to improve your approach and help you be SHARP the next time you step into a corporate gathering, whether that’s Saturday, Sunday or whenever your local church family meets together. A few years ago, Kerry and I developed a simple acrostic for our worship team:   Our goal was to encourage our worship teamers with the fact that so much more should go into preparing our hearts and minds for a corporate worship service. This doesn’t just affect people who volunteer on Sundays. We believe it pertains to really anyone who follows Jesus. Kerry and I believe most people who come to church truly want to experience God’s beautiful design for our corporate gatherings. However, the day before our times of worship with the Body, we all typically sleep, respond to issues at work, handle screaming kids, participate in extracurricular activities, and attend anything from funerals to welcoming babies into the world. Oh goodness! And then here comes Sunday morning — often full of surprises. After we’ve stayed up late the night before, shoved breakfast at our kids and given our spouse “the look” because we’re probably running late, do we really mean the lyric “To You our hearts are open, nothing here is hidden” at 8:30 a.m.? Have we even caught our breath from sprinting through the doors? In order to have a meaningful and truthful time of worship from the very first element of the service to the last, preparations must be made. So what can we do? How can we prepare for Sunday? Beginning the day before your corporate gathering (or honestly, making it a way of life), here’s how you can be S.H.A.R.P. for your church gathering: We must protect what we see – What goes in will affect what comes out. We have to be on guard and protect what we’re letting our eyes be exposed...

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Coming Soon: Preparing to Experience

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015

  A series called “Preparing to Experience” is on its way. In the coming weeks, we will be focusing on preparing ourselves for corporate times of worship.  We will have tips, funny stories, encouragement, etc. to help us all experience the Lord and His Body in a meaningful way. We don’t want you to miss it!  You can subscribe to our blog to have this series sent straight to your inbox. Just fill in your email address at the top right of this page! We look forward to sharing what the Lord has shown us about this...

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From our perspective

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015

We are passionate about seeing the Church, Christ’s Body of believers, join together to worship Him. Our hearts long to see people connect with their Father and their Savior in a personal and meaningful way. We desire to see people surrender to follow and trust God no matter what. We are passionate about seeing people respond with thankfulness for Christ’s gift of forgiveness, redemption and salvation. This is who we are. This is what drives us. This is what moves us. Awhile back we led worship through song for a conference. While singing Kari Jobe’s song “Forever,” I, Kerry, was overwhelmed by the Lord. I couldn’t keep it together. Tears began falling, my voice could no longer sing and weeping took place. Right there, in the middle of the stage, lights beaming down on me, the band still playing, background vocalists picked up the lead as I allowed the Spirit to speak to my heart. I’m listening. What Lord? Why now? I was asked later by a curious participant what that was about. What did I experience? While that experience isn’t a regular occurrence, it also isn’t completely foreign to us. Kert and I are both known to begin tearing up and sometimes weeping during times of leading. What is that about? Well, it’s the result of several things. Most of it is a matter of our perspective.  We get a front row seat to watch the Spirit of the Lord move through our church. That’s a beautiful part of life in ministry. There are several difficulties to fulfilling this calling of pastoral ministry, but there are so many rewards and gifts in being in full-time ministry. This is one of them — having a front row seat in watching God do His thing. To give you a glimpse of what we experience, here’s a little of what took place on that particular conference day. And please be kind. I hope you know that what I’m sharing is a place of vulnerability and the hope is that you will have understanding as to what we experience when we lead worship and the hope that you will be encouraged in your own worship of the Lord. Also, know that I’m trying to use words to describe a moment that is difficult to describe. So here’s what happened that particular day: I am on stage, the lights dim around me and a light beams down on me to draw...

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Lyrics to “December”

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014

We’re so thankful for your encouragement concerning our newest song “December”! Here are the lyrics to the song: December Splashes of color of red and green December Decorations with lights and trees The gray skies, the cold pushing us inside to warm by the fire December The snow is falling gently outside December Casting a blanket of powdery white We throw on the scarf, the boots, the coat to stamp an angel in the snow December These scenes are a taste of the season’s joy Oh – Oh Or is there something more? December The family’s piling in the car December They’re willing to travel both near and far To celebrate, to play, and make memories that last for a lifetime December Gifts are flooding below the tree December We are waiting impatiently and hoping what is hidden inside these gifts will quench our hearts’ desires These scenes are a taste of the season’s joy Oh – Oh Or is there something more? It’s Christmas A baby in a manger lay It’s Christmas When angels sang and shepherds came “Glory to God in the highest the Savior has been born this day!” This scene is the reason for Christmas joy Oh – Oh And there’s so much more...

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