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So Thankful

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My absence over the last few months from cheval glass is not a reflection that there is nothing to share with you. My days have been busy and filled with family and ministry that have required me to be less engaged in the contemplative life. I've missed being here. So tonight, while my son is playing chicken shoot with my Dad, my daughter is playing dress up in the "rainbow room", and Todd is...well, I don't know what Todd is doing.  I thought I would take a few minutes and share why I am so thankful.

  • I have a loving husband who has been a part of my life for 18 years...15 of that as my soul mate. I am so thankful for his friendship, loyalty, kindness, and patient love for me.  I understand more every day how "two become one."
  • I have a beautiful 6 year old daughter who made it through tonsil and adenoid surgery last week like a champ! She accepted Jesus as her Savior over this past year, loves to dance, writes stories, read books, and create beauty wherever she is.
  • I have a tenacious 3 year old son who loves life, loves people, and has the early signs of being a very talented drummer. He is confident and strong, but loving and sensitive. I'm enjoying every moment as I watch him grow.
  •  I am blessed with a wonderful mother and father who love me and my family with not just words, but deeds. I have two crazy sisters who I love with all my heart. I can't imagine how boring my life would be without their frienship and drama ( you heard me :)...I love you guys!)
  • I have an amazing church that I have the privilege to serve as a staff member. I am overwhelmed at their generosity, their love for each other, and their servant hearts toward those who are in need and who do not yet know Jesus.
  • I serve everyday with an amazing group of artists - musicians, tech stewards, singers, graphic artists, producers - that inspire me to find the  most creative expression that celebrates who God is and what He has done for us.
  • I am so thankful for a God who loves me enough to send His Only Son to die for me - to reconcile the debt of my sin -  so that I could be restored to Him in this life and in the life to come. I want my life to be a testimony of the thankful heart that I have for what He has given me.  His unconditional love and mercy continues to overwhelm me. I love what Paul the Apostle told the Colossians...

"My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you've been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You're deeply rooted in him. You're well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you've been taught. School's out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving." - Colossians 2:6-7  (THE MESSAGE)


Sunday Recap - Encounter Series Begins

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We began a new series this weekend entitled "Encounter...the God we worship." Dr. John Hull was our Guest Teaching Pastor at the Bluffton Campus to kick-off this series.  We are blessed to have Dr. Hull as a frequent communicator at LCC. Our Worship Community faciliated our worship with our band. It was an amazing day! Here was our setlist:

Video: LCC NEWS

"Awesome is the Lord Most High" - Tomlin

"Salvation is Here" - Hillsongs

Welcome

"Our God" - Tomlin/Redman

Video: ENCOUNTER Message Series Bumper

Message -  Dr. John Hull - Psalm 95

"Agnus Dei" - MWS

Offering Prayer

"Our God Reigns" - Passion

There was such a visible participatory response during the music portion of our worship time- something that I have not really seen before at the Bluffton Campus. A true sense of people responding to worship God through singing and lifting hands without being directed to respond. During "Agnus Dei" in all three services, I never asked anyone to stand and sing or do anything...they responded on their own as they felt led.

One of the most convicting parts of Dr. Hull's message was when he laid prostrate on the stage and talked about how this should be a natural reponse to the God we worship. If we are truly aware of the holiness and majesty of the God of the universe, we cannot help but fall on our faces before Him.

It doesn't matter how may times I have led worship over the past 15 years, I am always blown away at the spiritual refreshment that comes when God's people gather together and focus their hearts and minds on him. It is beyond words and only something you can experience. I truly left church yesterday not the same person I was that morning. I was spiritually encouraged, truly convicted on some levels about my own life, and challenged to pursue God on a more intimate basis.

Isn't that why we go to church every week?

How was your corporate worship experience this past weekend?

This post is a regular part of the Worship Community - Sunday Setlists.