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Let me rehearse!

I am one of the weird ones in the fact that performing is great, but I could rehearse ALL DAY LONG! Last night, our musical team rehearsed for Palm Sunday...just the fact that we could all get together and rehearse is a victory in itself with work schedules, kids, and the fact that we have to find a space to rehearse (Thank you, LCC-Bluffton!) BUT, it was not just any rehearsal. We laughed, and laughed, sang, played, made fun of each other, laughed again, and then had some incredible creative musical moments evolve.  I can't tell you the joy that I feel when someone on our team has a creative musical moment that we all stand back and go,"Wow - that was amazing!"  Our team this week consists of me leading worship, playing keys and acoustic (on one song), flute, drums, and 2 additional vocals. I write charts for our flautist (Susan) and she is amazing. Our drummer, Steve, is someone that understands the art of playing drums in the context of worship as well as performance (you worship leaders know what I am saying...).  We were doing "Amazing Grace/My Chains are Gone" and I wrote a flute solo for the intro in 3/4 and then we switch to 4/4 when I start singing the song.  We were going along since we know this song pretty well, and then Steve started this military snare thing that I was thinking about at the same time he started it!  We got to the end and Susan started playing the melody of  "Amazing Grace" in 4/4 at the end.  It was the coolest moment.  The evolution of musical creativity and worship.  We all just kinda looked at each other and couldn't really talk.  I'm sure the significance of the words of that song as well as the musical interpretation was why...but I had to share this because THIS IS WHY I LOVE what I do...Let me rehearse any day over performing.


Girl Time

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Sydney and I are in St. Simon's Island, GA this weekend because I am leading worship for a teen girls leadership weekend.  This is Syd's first time to go with Mom on a worship leading event and we are having a blast!  She sat on the front row while I sang and closed her eyes when we would pray (I had to peek, it was so cute!) All the girls were talking to her and asking her questions - she was loving it!   I made some serious decisions about my relationship with God at an event very similar to this so I feel very strongly about being a part of weekend retreats when I can. I have been leading worship for events like this for about 9 years now mostly before Sydney was born so for me this is SUCH a joy on a whole greater level to share this with her.  We slept in late and went to Starbucks (she had her usual of a vanilla milk and a blueberry muffin) and we now we are just hanging out.  She was just a baby yesterday and a last night she told me, "Mom, this is fun!"  Enough said...


One shot

I totally had something else that I wanted to blog about today, and I just can't escape this...I have been a part of planning Easter services now for (this is going to date me) since really the late 80's when my dad was a pastor and I played the piano for our church in Denham Springs,LA.  I remember my Dad saying and pretty much every worship pastor I have served with saying the same thing..."We got one shot."  What they meant is that people come to church on Easter who normally don't come to church and this may be the only time they ever come.  As I sat today and worked on my service for Palm Sunday and Easter (I like to plan them together), I really thought about that.  There are SO MANY songs written about the death of Christ and His Resurrection...but I only have time for 4-5 songs each week. I feel such a responsibility to focus people on this singular thought that we were raised from death to life because of Christ's death and Resurrection for us - that's it...I know that seems simple, but we as worship leaders can really make it hard with songs that are really great, but aren't clear. So, I have prayed and look at my songs 10 times this morning, and I feel very strongly about what I have chosen for 2008. I know you want me to tell you, but I'm not going to...not till after Easter Sunday!  But, I do leave you with this thought that you may have friends, family, neighbors, that are going through life without knowing that Jesus loves them and that He died for them.  Invite them to an Easter Weekend service - it may be the one shot you have this year and they might just come!  I love these words from Romans 6:6-11...

"Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable lifeā€”no longer at sin's every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ's sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That's what Jesus did."(The MESSAGE)


Vacation's over

I've been absent from the blogging world due to the very expensive and very slow internet service of the cruise ship that Todd and I were on last week...we had a tremendous time in Miami with 2 of our closest friends, Joe and Kristi Davis, and then we headed out to Cozumel and the Grand Caymans.  I read almost 3 books all the way through and rested more than I have in the past 2 years!  The kids had a ball at my parent's home in Atlanta and Todd and I really got a much needed break from life.  I will be blogging a little more this week about our experiences last week and some really interesting facts about these 2 places.