What a great, unexpected, turn-at-every-moment day with North Side! As we were gathering for soundcheck this morning, the power went out completely out in the worship center. With flashlights going and people scrambling, it appears that all the AC units in Greenwood on non-stop decided to take out our air and electricity at 8:40 Sunday morning.
So, what is a worship pastor to do? I got the right people working on getting it back on, and I gathered the worship team in the commons area outside the worship center. I told them we would either do things acoustic in the dark or out in that open area with no AVL or we would try to setup up shop in the gym. But in the moment, we just gathered round some acoustic instruments and began to worship. I have actually planned for a more acoustic service later this month to worship like our family is over in Africa, and thought maybe God wanted it earlier. In our prayers, we didn’t pray for the power to come back on, we just wanted to be obedient in however God wanted to teach us this morning.
At about 9:20 when people were gathering to go inside the doors, our team was singing “I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it, when it’s all about you, all about you, Jesus,” and then the lights came on. We went into the room with people finding their seats, plugged in our instruments, got a camera feed up so we could watch our baptisms, and started the service on time.
I say this a lot, but today is one of those days I don’t think anyone truly understands how serious I am about this: our worship team is amazing. They are incredibly flexible, no one was running frantic, no one seemed frazzled, no one was rude to one another, we just each did our part and God decided that we should have power back at that time. And as everyone came prepared, the services went off great without anyone able to see anything that would have said there was no run-through that morning. I am honored to work with such great people.
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