Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Worshiping Together

Our Pastoral Team enjoyed a great time together at The Moody Pastor's Conference last week.  We were challenged, encouraged and inspired from God's Word and led in wonderful and inspiring worship.

Standing in an auditorium with over a thousand voices raised in heartfelt praise never gets old (which is good news since there will be a whole lot of worship going on for all eternity)!  It was good to add my voice to those of my many brothers most of whom I really don't know but with whom I share the experience of the many joys, challenges and sorrows of pastoral ministry.

At The Orchard Church we don't have a thousand voices, and for many reasons not all of the voices that we do have are raised every Sunday in praise to God.  Nevertheless, week after week, I love to add my voice to those of my brothers and sisters, most of who I do know, as together we proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light!  It is a different experience to the large conference filled auditorium, but is a true joy and privilege.

This coming Sunday evening I'm looking forward to another opportunity to worship my Savior in a different setting, a high school gym.  Specifically McHenry West High School gym at 6pm on Sunday, June 3.  As we conclude our Christ Together community food drive we have the amazing opportunity to join our voices together with our brothers and sisters in Christ from other Bible teaching churches in and around our community  to celebrate together.  I know that weekends get busy and yes, I understand that I am asking you to be here at The Orchard on Sunday morning at either 9am or 11am and then be at this combined event on Sunday evening at 6pm - but believe you have nothing to do that could possibly be any better than adding your voice to the others that are lifted high in worship.

I am truly excited about this opportunity on Sunday night, for the body of Christ throughout our community to stand together, for our community to hear of the unity and impact of God's people working together through the simple gift of food, for the mayor and other public officials to witness all that takes place... and for the opportunity for me to join my voice with yours in praise to the King of Kings!  You will be there, won't you?