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Recreate - Day 2

Don't mess with a good thing...that is what I have always said. So, I didn't know how Recreate would be this year because it was going to be different than in years past.   I have lost count, but I think I have been to Recreate 5 or 6 times. This is the 1st year I brought my hubby Todd...we were not all staying at the same place. Let's just say, all apprehensions have been removed. I LOVE IT! Randy and Chris have once again KNOCKED IT out of the PARK!!!! Our sessions today with Dr. Steve Guthrie and Ian Morgan Cron were...I am without speech.  Here are some random thoughts.

  • The truth of God is announced in words or deeds...not just finding a song with the word "humility," but showing it.
  • Music and the Arts have an important teaching experience to give. Teaching is not limited to the words. 
  •  The most meaningful we may do as worship leaders is allow God's people to sing.
  • A Contemplative life is not all about content - it's about intent.
  • As artists and worship leaders, we need to help others seek clearly what they have felt vaguely.
  • Action without contemplation is a disaster
  • Contemplation without action is a disaster
  • There is nothing wrong with the loud moments in our worship, but nothing can imitate or replace the importance of silence.
  • Consider Jesus' prayer life.
  • The paths of beauty, truth, and goodness must all be explored to be a true contemplative.

Some of this might not make any sense to you.  However, I encourage you to read Ian's book Chasing Francis...it changed my life...get it here.

We enjoyed a songwriter's night with Meredith Andrews, Matt Boswell, and Michael Farren. The songs they shared were unbelievable and will definitely become a part of our song list at LCC-HHI. If that wasn't enough, Michael W Smith ended the evening by leading us in worship.  See the quick video clip below or view it on the right at Cullenhouse TV.  I can't wait for Day 3...


Recreate - Day 1

Meet and Greet here...Dinner here...Live Jazz by him.  This is your typical church conference :)
You never know what to expect at Recreate and that is why I am here.  We have a great 3 days in store and I can't wait to share about it here at cheval glass. Follow me on twitter for micro-blogging throughout the conference.


Sunday Recap

On your mark graphic It was a year ago this week that I made a big decision at recreate. I decided to learn to lead worship on the acoustic guitar.  I have been a keyboard player my whole life (thus my twitter name, cynkeys). I knew that if I just practiced and focused on it, I could do it...well, yesterday, I lead the entire worship service with my acoustic. I've lead songs here and there over the last year, but I finally had the courage to commit to doing an entire service on acoustic. My band was small yesterday...acoustic, drums, and another singer...so I was really exposed!  I dropped a pick once, but reached in my pocket to get another with cat-like reflexes:) I did have the keyboard next to me and ready to go in case I broke a string (which I was so nervous I would do!) I will never be Charlie Peacock, but I'm making progress. Here was our service...

"Lord Reign in Me" - Brenton Brown
Welcome/Announcements
Scripture Reading
"You are Worthy of My Praise" - David Ruis
"Here is Our King" -  David Crowder
Message
Time of Response
"You are the Light" - Steve Fee

Pastor Jeff closed out his series, "On Your Mark...Get Set," with a pretty intense call for each of us to look into our hearts and ask God to reveal any condescending attitudes that we may have toward people that are of another race, gender, or social status.   It was amazing and so convicting. We are adding a Saturday night service this coming week at our Bluffton Campus which will allow us to have the message the same week on our campus. Pastor Jeff taped this message for us this week so we could go ahead and catch up. I'm very excited to be tallking in the present tense and not a week-delayed! It was a great day.

Check out Fred's place for more Sunday Recaps....