Unfortunately I’ll have to post all sessions at the end of the day. We’re having trouble getting a network at the church. So no live blogging this time.
About 7:15pm…hey they start late too!
The conference kicked off tonight with a main worship session. When you walk into the church (www.covlife.org) there was a bluegrass band playing as you registered. Very good bookstore with books on the Psalms (the theme of the conference) and books by the speakers. It was a pretty good mood when you walk in and the book selection was going to be applicable to what we’re going to be dealing with, so that was helpful. We talked about possibly having a minimalist book selection for sale at Crew on Sunday morning. Books pertaining to our sermon series. For example, we’ve been going through the gospel according to John. We could have some commentaries and books that we’d promote as being helpful. What do you think? Would you buy’em?
Worship started with a simple clean video of some mountains in black and white. Piano played softly as several folks read from what I think was Psalm 103. The power of God’s word simply being read never fails. Crew needs to do this much much more than we do.
Out of this we simply sang several songs that were completely new to me. I found out later that they were new to everyone. Bob Kauflin, the song guy, brought up that he was going to be introducing a lot of new stuff at this conference. But…after just a verse through each song, we all caught on and sang LOUD. What can you expect from a room full of worship leaders? The place sounded awesome with the voices of people singing with all they had.
Now, we (Brian, Sean, and I) worshipped don’t get me wrong. But one of the things we talked about going into this was, that we are here to worship, but also learn and get a vision for what passionate Christ centered worship can look like at Crew. We want to walk out of this with some tools baby!
So with that in mind, I’m going to comment practically. Obviously there were little things throughout that we took note of (font of words, volume of music when you walk in, layout of instruments, props), but talking with Brian and Sean on the way home we were all impressed with the genuine passion for God that the leaders up front had. It was contagious. It wasn’t over the top, but it wasn’t weak either. It was strong undistracting excitement and response to God.
Essentially, there needs to be revival at Crew, not just renewal of forms. We want to excite in our church a deep understanding and focusing on who Christ is and what his death has accomplished for us. If there’s a Sunday where we leave unaffected at Crew, that the reason. We’re unaffected by the gospel. And that starts at the top. I have promoted a little too flippant an attitude in our corporate gatherings I’m afraid. I don’t have a small God and I don’t think I’d ever be accused of that. But we are sort of prancing into God’s presence these days. That’s my fault. There is a firm resolve as I type to set a different tone. We’re going to add some weight to our times together. I guess “glory” would be the word wouldn’t it?