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Day in the Life (8/1/10)

Tomorrow’s Plan:

7:15am: Brush teeth, get dressed, eat a bowl of Cheerios and blueberries, pack up my computer, make sure I have my sermon, kiss my kids goodbye.

8:00 – 9:45: go to church building, unlock the gate to the back parking lot, set up sound system, plug in the coffee maker, prepare for communion, sing harmony while Lee gets the songs in order, fine tune the powerpoint slides, run through sermon, turn on the air conditioning in the building, unlock all the doors, put the offering plate on the front row of chairs.

9:45: prayer with Lee and whoever else wants to join us.

10:07: promplty begin our worship service

11:09: give a benediction and invite everyone to mangle the chairs I set up so that we can turn our worship space into a potluck zone

11:15am-12:30pm: eat potluck food.

12:30-1:00: shut down the church building, usher my children into one of the cars.

1:00: go home and prepare to leave again.

1:38: get into the van alone and go fill it up with gas, and buy some M&M’s for the road.

1:50: launch out alone for a drive to Lee, Illinois.

6:00: arrive in Lee, Illinois and meet the people who own the house where a concert will be happening.

6:30: sit down and listen to the musical stylings of Andy Gullahorn who travelled from Nashville, TN to do a radio gig with Andrew Peterson on Monday, but came a day early to do a house concert for a small group of people who love good music and great storytelling.

I consider this time professional development because Andy Gullahorn knows how to tell a story.  He does a lot of things in his songs that I want to be able to do in my sermons.  It’s a two hour preaching workshop disguised as a concert.  And…since I haven’t gone to any big conventions for pastors to develop professionally – I have it in the budget to drive to Chicago area and pay the $18 for a ticket to pure bliss.

9:00: say goodbye to my new friends and hop back in the van for the drive home.

9:15: stop for more gas and M&M’s and find the local NPR station on my radio (and hope it’s not the kind of NPR station that only plays classical music, because that will totally put me to sleep).

1:00am: push the garage door opener and park the car, stagger upstairs, brush my teeth, flop into bed a happy man.

If you are interested in joining me for almost any of this (you are not welcome to brush my teeth) get a ticket at this website.

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Music Review and Rave!

I don’t listen to a lot of music.  I tend to listen to NPR.  When I do listen to music it is one of the following situations: 1) I want to hear what a particular artist wants to say, and how they will speak into my life, and influence the way I understand God’s work in the world.  2) I’m somewhere where there is music playing and I have no say over what’s being played and how loudly. 3) My kids are sick of NPR in the car and ask me to play some music. 4) I’m traveling and can’t get NPR on a local station so I listen to whatever oldies station I can find.

I want to talk about situation #1 today, and in particular about one of my favorite artists: Andrew Peterson, and his latest album (came out July 27): Counting Stars.  I have owned it for 24 hours now and have listened to it 3 times, watched a rare music video of one of the songs twice and heard three of them in concert before the release date.  So, I feel more qualified than you to review it. 

Here goes: It’s freakin’ sweet!  You have to get this music.  If you like thoughtful music that is well done and can be considered poetry if you just read the lyrics, then this music is for you.  If you don’t…don’t talk to me, I don’t like you…you stand for all the things that I dislike.  Just kidding.  Kind of.  No…I really am kidding.  Mostly.

Counting Stars is aptly named for the way it reminds you of God’s promises through family.  You are often brought back to thoughts of God’s promise to Abraham of the children he would sire and the faithfulness that God would have toward his offspring.  The whole album seems to wander deeper and deeper down the path to those intimate and beautiful places where we hold our families: children, spouses, ancestors, and future family tree branches.

The thread of faith weaves throughout the album in a way that creates within you a desire to step closer into God’s presence so that you and all those whom you influence in faith will be drawn into a deeper relationship and tighter bond with the Almighty.

Also, Andrew Peterson, or “AP” as he’s known at our house, has an uncanny ability to look at the mundane and ordinary situations and pictures of life and find in them a deeper meaning that expands something small into a universe of meaning.  Take these few lines about his children sleeping:

Tonight I saw the children in their rooms,
Little flowers all in bloom—
Burning suns and silver moon.

And somehow in those starry skies
The image of the maker lies
Right here beneath my roof tonight.

Go buy this album and listen to it 206 times.  I’m a fan…can you tell?

Half a Rant

Where Andrew Peterson and the Captains Courageous are Playing

What do you do the day before an enormous event?  Tomorrow we’re having a joint worship service with our parent church.  The worship will be outside and we’ll follow it with a huge potluck meal and then games for everyone.  Should be great fun.  Of course there’s a big chance of thunderstorms…but I can’t control that.  We do what we can and make a decent plan B.

So what would you be doing on the day before something like this?  Here’s what I’m doing: going to a summer celebration at Cran Hill Ranch (RCA summer camp) that is topped off by a concert from one of our favorite artists: Andrew Peterson.

Here’s my rant: I have delegated all the things that need to be done.  My job, then is to preach and lead worship.  I can’t control every detail.  What kind of church would we be starting if we began putting into the DNA of the congregation that you just let the professional minister take care of everything?  I’ll answer that: not a church that any pastor would ever want to serve.  So, I surround myself with people who are gifted and passionate.  I help them with the things I can help them with and then let them do their thing.  I release them for ministry without too many constraints.  People are made to serve; why would we restrain them. 

Here’s what’s going to help more than anything this week – I listen to an artist who talks about the Kingdom of God.  There are far too few of those in the “Christian” arts.  Sorry.  That’s a rant for another time. 

So…Andrew Peterson tonight!  If you heard his music, and that of some of the guys he has around him like Andy Gullahorn, you’d be totally jealous right now.