May 1, 2017

With Gratitude

I am a “jack of all trades, master of none” sort of guy. I honestly think it’s one of the main reasons God pointed me towards worship ministry, because I know just enough about a lot of different things to be able to talk to those who actually do those things WELL. To the sound people, I become like a sound tech; to the drummer, I speak drummer; to the choir, I flap my arms (very deliberately, and more or less in tempo). But of course, because I can basically play electric, or basically play keys, I’m the designated backup for the team on those instruments. And many weeks, after I’ve led worship and done something different than usual (say, played my horn), someone will come to me and say “wow, what a great morning, is there anything you can’t do??” Now, obviously there are lots of things, and I’d rather have the people who are best at those things doing them, so I try to redirect with humor a little and say “definitely yes: I cannot play bagpipes” or “I cannot play harp” or “I definitely cannot play drums, are you interested?” But what I really mean - what I really want to say each time is this:

I cannot do it alone.

I can’t, I don’t, and I don’t want to.

I’m a worship pastor, which means my role and my gift is to bring a team of people around me and take the focus off of ALL of us to point people towards God. But people who talk to me about such things know I’m the leader, so that generally means their compliments come towards me. But a compliment for me, as a leader, is always - always - a compliment for the whole team. We always do this together, and so a compliment for one of us is a compliment for all of us. And I feel like I don't really get a chance to pass on the many kind words that our congregation and our guests have about my teams.

So: to the teams with whom I have the privilege of serving leading - the worship team, the tech team, the choir, the creative design team, the chorale, the bells, the brass ensembles, the ushers, the greeters, the hospitality team, and SO MANY OTHERS here in our church that make everything work on a Sunday and throughout the week -

thank you. 

I am so, so grateful for all you bring to our ministries here. More importantly, I’m grateful that each week you take a ton of time and energy and effort to point the attention of people away from yourselves and onto the One who deserves all praise and honor and glory: the Risen King, Jesus. Week after week I hear all manner of compliments about the space we create for people to experience the risen Lord and respond to His offered mercy together. These compliments are really for you, and I wish you could hear each of them directly and personally. But since it's not possible right now, know this: to you who consistently offer yourselves as living sacrifices - with sacrifices of time, talents, and resources - know today that you are loved and appreciated beyond these insufficient words.

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