Then I remembered that I sat at Panera for three hours this evening, reading. And drinking coffee.
Well, then. A few bullet points to process my nocturnal brain activity (which is going 100 miles an hour. Thank you, Panera's light roast.)
- I awoke with the opening riff of "Christ Is Risen" echoing in my brain. I wonder how many other churches included Matt Maher's song in their Easter worship set? We did ours with ballet dancers, en pointe. Pretty cool.
- We had a choir as well, although the turnout was less than I expected. We had some great, faithful participants, and they sang well and added a lot to the service. But I've been wrestling for some time now with the thought that I should be investing time into having a choir at our church. For Easter, I set a schedule in advance and offered an opportunity to sign up early. We served as an "additional voice" alongside the worship leaders, which I think is a great way for a choir in a church like ours to function. But turnout was small and there were no men. In the recent still, small moments of the night (as in when I woke up about an hour ago and couldn't get back to sleep), I think perhaps this is a good sign for me to let this worry go. This is an investment that will have to wait for another leader's time.
- It just started to rain. The windows are open, and I can hear the wind and the water surrounding me. In the middle of the night, it feels intimate and private.
- I met Bob Lauflin of West End Assembly of God a few weeks ago at a conference. As long as I knew him, Bob Pino had been encouraging me to connect with his former worship pastor. I wish I had made the time. After listening to Lauflin speak and chatting with him for a few moments, I was intrigued by the thought of doing a major production event (other than Christmas Eve) to invite folks in the community to stretch their artistic wings. Something other than choir to open the door to more than just the weekend experience musical and technical artists. At PCC, what happens on the weekends drives everything else we do. I'm wondering how this possibility might fit in with our vision and purpose. Looking forward to connecting with Mr. Lauflin in the near future for a more detailed conversation....
and it's no wonder my brain is mush.
I'd really like to go back to sleep.
And I miss Bob Pino, for the record.