Heart and Soul

So last week we started a new series at church called “Do You Hear?”.  It’s about learning to be able to hear God when He is speaking to you.  This time of year there is a lot of other “noise” seeking our attention – music, friends, parties, traffic, shopping malls, movies, tv, ads, the little voice inside our head that argues with you to look at logic instead of what God says, etc.  It seems very fitting.

Last Sunday our worship guys sang the song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” with a video interspersed with people answering questions about who people said Jesus was, what Christmas was really all about, etc.  It was really effective for the message they were trying to get across, in particular if you pay attention to they lyrics.  There is a video of this on Wes Watson’s blog.  Check it out.  

Today Mack was at Providence and again, the creative team did a phenomenal job communicating their message that tied in with the sermon.  They played a video with no sound, only written word to further illuminate the necessity for just sitting, listening, and being still in order to hear from the Lord.  Then Mack sang several traditional Christmas songs and it was so incredibly beautiful and full of intense emotion.  He sang with his heart and soul.  I am so grateful that we have Wade, Mack and Chris as our worship leaders.  Mack was just incredible today.  The emotion you could hear him evoke in his voice and in his demeanor brought everything to another level during worship.  Just listening, quiet, at times with my eyes closed while paying attention to the lyrics I had tears in my eyes.  It was just a beautiful moment that I’m not soon going to forget.  

I am so thankful for a church that knows where praise is due, finds new, innovative, and creative ways to invite us into worship and at the same time teaches us that the simple things are just as powerful.


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