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Lee Heerspink is our worship leader at Embody.  He’s many things: unassuming, patient, gentle, hospitable, teachable, has a growing faith, and oh, yah, one other thing: he’s freaking amazing at playing the guitar.  I know.  You know people who are really good on the guitar, and they are good.  I don’t doubt it.  You’re free to say that.  I’m not saying Lee is good.  I’m saying he’s freaking amazing.  You just can’t believe he’s only using two hands.  I’ve gone to a few of his gigs where he’s playing jazz (he has a master’s degree in jazz).  I’ve also heard him playing dance music.  You just want to take him home and have him play background music to your daily routine…he’s sweeet.

Enough about his amazing awesomeness.  I want to talk about what happened yesterday.  We were preparing for worship and rehearsing the music before people showed up.  There was one song, in particular, that wasn’t coming together.  Everyone could tell.  So, we were going to move it to the offertory (what we call response), but it just didn’t feel right. 

In the middle of trying to figure things out a conversation started up about where our intern pastor would be interning this summer: The U.S. Virgin Islands…poor guy.  Lee asked, “Have you ever heard the jazz standard ‘St. Thomas?'”  Then he started playing it, and Brett joined in on the drum.  It was fun and just perfect.  So…I said, “Why don’t you play that during our response time?”  He finally relented.

I’ve been trying to get him to bring himself to the job of leading worship.  He’s never played jazz before, and I’ve always said, “God made you, you.  Be YOU up there.”  He finally did.  Afterward I asked him how he felt about it.  He smiled and said he had a good time.  There.  See?  Just bring yourself.  It’s all God wants: you.  That goes for all of us: just bring YOU to worship.  God’s got everything else.

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  1. May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    AWEsome! Great reflection, Jim–thanks for passing on your blog link.

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