Last night I received the phone call that no pastor wants to receive from his Music Leader. Grant called to tell me that their family was moving to South Carolina for work and that his last week at church will be October 28th. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for the time that Grant has spent at our church and for his faithfulness in serving our congregation by leading and facilitating our music team. He has faithfully prepared and committed himself each week to making our music good, beautiful, and true. I am so thankful for the time that we have had his family at our church and will miss them dearly. However, just as we trusted the Lord to bring Grant to our church we must trust the Lord to bring his replacement. Therefore, in the meantime, trust a Sovereign God who knows what He is doing.

Please begin to pray today for...

1) The Coming Season - The Lord has already begun to move the necessary means to connect use with our next music leader though we don't know how he will do it. I look forward to being able to tell the story of how the Lord led our next music leader to our church and celebrate God's incredible sovereignty over the details of our lives. I know He's working, even though I can't see it yet.

2) The Interim Time - Pray that the Lord would provide musical talent to aid us in our worship, whether it be substitutes from other congregations, Jenny & Olivia, musical recordings, or old-fashioned acapella singing (or a combination of all of these). I pray that our music would be genuine and heartfelt as we seek to make much of who God is and what he has done. There will be bumps along the road but God is not impressed by how polished our music is but the attitude of our hearts as we make a 'joyful noise' to the Lord (Psalm 100:1-5).

3) Faithfulness in Worship - Our Sunday School curriculum 'Gospel Shaped Worship" could not come at a better time. Jarod Wilson reminds us that worship is not the music that we play in service but the worth that we give to God for “worship means to give worth or value to something. It expresses what we find most valuable or satisfying.” Our worship will not suffer because we are losing Grant. In fact I pray that our worship will actually improve. How? Because it will help us realize that worship is more than beautiful notes and lyrical richness but "about knowing and sharing the love of God in our lives at every moment of every day." A member of our congregation encouraged me when he said, "We don't go to church in order to worship. We are worshipping everyday which motivates us to assemble with the people of God." He couldn't be more correct. I pray that this coming season teaches us a deeper understanding of worship that will be transformative for our congregation.

Soli Deo Gloria
Pastor Chris