Here's our set for this morning: "All Because of Jesus" [Steve Fee] "Happy Day" [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon] "Glory to God Forever" [Steve Fee] "How Great is Our God" [Chris Tomlin, et al] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill]
Message: "It's Your Serve: Use Your Pain"
INV: "Never Be the Same" [original]
This morning was probably the hardest day I have ever had as a worship leader. I shared the news with our congregation that my wife and I are sensing God leading us out to something different, possibly a church plant or a smaller congregation that is getting going. We've known about this since mid-July, and shared it with our church leadership at that time, and they have been very helpful in this time of transition for us. We are seeking God's guidance and wisdom for what is next for the two of us. We have a framework in mind, but nothing certain yet. I shared the news after the first two songs (there is never a good time to do something like that), and then had to continue on in leading our worship time after Pastor Jay's welcome and the baptisms. I believe this was a moment to demonstrate that worship is even more important in the difficult times, because it truly becomes a matter of trust and belief that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do. It is a bittersweet moment for us, as we have poured out 4 1/2 years of our lives here in Lakeland, FL. We consider this place home. Our house is the only home our children have ever known, and this town is the same for them. We are trusting the Lord with our lives and with the future direction of the church. He is faithful--He has always been, and He will always be.
Pray for us as we step out in faith.
I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were this weekend.
In the Son,
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