Sunday re-cap

Posted: January 6, 2008 in Uncategorized

Wow…another one of those Sundays where it seemed that everything that could go wrong happened, and we were almost hosed.

  • I pulled a back muscle when setting up.  Ow.  But, was able to get through everything without much pain (that set in later in the day).
  • The sound board suddenly decided to only work on the left channel.  D’oh.   We were ‘inventing’ a way to do a mono signal, when – POOF! – the board started working right.
  • The computer we use to run…everything (lyrics, videos, and today, even the sermon) was malfunctioning and working very slow.  Fortunately, a re-boot fixed that.
  • Our light controller board quit working mid-service.  Fortunately, they were able to get it to working again, too.
  • Because of the sound board problem, we were squeezed for time warming up.  But we got through it all.
  • When I paused to let everyone have a moment to meet and greet one another, the music that just happened to be queued up on the iPod was Bon Jovi’s, “You Give Love a Bad Name.”  Heh.  Okay, don’t know if that was really a problem or not.  But it was pretty funny.  Only at Crosspoint…
  • Some medicine I’ve been taking has completely dried out my throat, but for almost every song this morning, I had no saliva in my mouth.  Try singing loud and well when you can’t even swallow.  Whee!!

As I told our crowd this morning, I do not like signing Satan’s signature to everything that goes wrong (oftentimes, that’s just a cop-out).  But I do believe Satan hates us, and he wanted to stop us this morning.  I think Dave’s video-taped message (a first for us) was spot-on for what our crowd needs to hear before we launch our “Simple Church” series next week.

In the end, though, the service was awesome in spite of the glitches (which all miraculously didn’t persist into the service time).  In fact:

  • The worship time was powerful (crowd engaged the songs, Jeremy rocked on drums).
  • Our attendance was back up a bit.
  • Dave’s message was awesome.
  • We had a lot of guests – even some of our guests from previous weeks brought guests!

How awesome is that?

Anyway, Dave challenged our church to become a dangerous church.  Using John the Baptist as an example, Dave pointed out that we need to take the message of Christ beyond the walls of our church to dangerous places.  The message itself is also a dangerous message – it flies in the face of religiosity and secularism…all that.  And doing the work of an evangelist – and being a church that is relevant and real and will do whatever it takes short of sin to connect people with Christ – will make us dangerously unpopular with ‘established’ churches.  But that is why we exist – to reach people.  (You can listen to Dave’s message at http://www.crosspt.cc/av/).

Songset:

  1. The Noise We Make – Chris Tomlin/Passion Worship Band
  2. Make a Joyful Noise/I Will Not Be Silent – David Crowder Band
  3. A Thousand Hallelujahs – Mark Roach (or see his blog here)
  4. Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone – Chris Tomlin
  5. Sending – Charlie Hall
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