Creating moments…

A huge part of my summer was to serve as music director for the team that lead worship for all of Cru’s Campus Ministry staff (pictured).

My favorite part of that is working with the conference program team and figuring out how to enhance the event with music. That includes selecting songs, deciding which vocalist will sing lead for each song and in which key, running rehearsals… predictable things like that.

But it also includes thinking about how to arrange the energy contour of each song, the instrumentation, the staging… bigger-picture things that take us from merely playing songs to creating moments.

When the music and program elements come together, something greater than the sum of the parts happens. We create moments where Jesus can be worshipped without distraction, and people experience His presence in a real and meaningful way.

In 1 Samuel 10, the Bible tells the story of just such a moment. It’s when the prophet Samuel calls and anoints Saul as Israel’s first king. As the story unfolds, Samuel tells Saul:

“When you arrive at Gibeah of God, where the garrison of the Philistines is located, you will meet a band of prophets coming down from the place of worship. They will be playing a harp, a tambourine, a flute, and a lyre, and they will be prophesying. At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person.”
(1 Samuel 10:5-6, NLT)

Now, I want to be clear here – it is absolutely the Lord’s Spirit that does the changing! But, the Bible shows us how music can be part of creating extremely meaningful moments where that happens. It is exactly that kind of moment that I work to create every time I lead. Because any time people experience God’s presence, they come away as different people.

This conference represents the first time in three years that Cru’s staff were together in the same place to hear from leadership, to be reminded of the urgency of our call to reach the entire world, and to experience the life- changing presence of Jesus together.

I’m honored that I get to be part of creating moments where that happens, and I’m grateful for your prayers and sacrifices that make it possible for us to do it. We appreciate you, and are praying that you experience moments like this as well!

Please pray
… for our team’s outreach work this fall, and for our planning for the Spring. We’re heading into a new season of outreach and worship projects, and we will take all the prayer we can get for the Lord to meet us in our work as we plan out our projects for next year!