Yesterday we had three fantastic Mother’s Day meetings at Kerith Community Church and I had the privilege of playing acoustic guitar for each of them. The 9:00, 11:00 and 19:00 meetings all feel very unique considering that the content is largely the same – but there was a moment that particularly touched me during the evening worship.
Last summer we made the transition to a from an analogue sound desk to its digital counterpart (the reasons are not important for the sake of this post) and have largely reaped a huge number of benefits from the decision. It’s really helped us to push further for excellence in our corporate worship times but there’s been one particular issue that we’ve been having for the last few months and are having extreme difficulty trying to solve. I’m lobbying for it to be called ‘the crackle fox’, and I think a few people are on board…just saying.
Anyway, the crackle fox – mysterious crackling noises emerging from some (as yet) unknown source – is most unpleasant. Not only illusive but also incredibly distracting, we’ve simply not been able to tackle it. Yesterday evening, the crackle fox reared it’s un-soundly head with particular ferocity…so much so that Helen, the worship leader for the evening, had to make an uncomfortable call. She had to explain to the congregation that the desk needed to be reset – so for a few minutes, we’d rest in God’s presence without the support of the band. If I’m completely honest, whilst these times are unavoidable, they are often very awkward. As a band member on the platform at the time, there’s nothing you can do but pray fervently that God will use this to draw people closer into his presence rather than allowing people to drift into an ill at ease impatience with what’s going on. Pray, pray, pray. “God, please use this.”
God used it.
Just prior to the aforementioned uncomfortable call, we’d been singing the chorus of a Hillsong song called “This Is Our God”. As Helen encouraged us to worship individually and lift our voices to God, it was obvious that God was not finished with using that song. Slowly, but ever so poignantly, one person after another started singing the chorus a cappella and the sound began to rise. It rose and rose in volume until the whole auditorium was filled with resounding praise as every voice sang the song with all they had. It felt as though the Holy Spirit had descended on the meeting like a veil, enveloping every person in the room. I’ve never experienced anything like it. The sound desk clicked back into operation and the meeting resumed seamlessly. But something had changed in the meeting. God was with us in a new way.
It was a fantastic reminder for me that God is no respecter of technology, musicality or ability. God is interested in our hearts; in our willingness to worship Him in all circumstances. Musical excellence and technology can be a fantastic aid to help us enter into the presence of God, but when it comes down to it, if God is going to move, God will move regardless of anything we do or don’t do. I’m so grateful that God can use something potentially disruptive like the ‘crackle fox’ and turn it into something holy and special. It was such a privilege to witness last night.
Praise the LORD.
How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!
Psalm 66 1-4
Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing praise to your name.”
Were you there last night? What did you think about that moment? I’d love to hear your thoughts…it would be fantastic for this blog to be far more interactive!