So I went to church this morning, as I was invited to play on Bob Rowe’s worship team. His initial e-mail was a little funny, as he’d sent it the last week of May, and mentioned he needed to know quickly, as he’d be out of town from the 29th to the 10th of June. And he led worship today, a day after getting back. What a trooper.
Bob’s lineup was entirely hymns, which was fun. Incidentally, I’ve got a hymnal with music written strictly for sax, with written harmonies and the correct key changes. And a lot of them were hymns I hadn’t heard- none of the ‘name’ ones, save for ‘Freely, Freely’ at the end.
In practising, and playing, it was a nice bit of nostalgia, and I really enjoyed playing. As much as I enjoyed the switch to Saturday nights upon our return to Calgary, and the accompanying younger crowd and more modern music, there’s something to be said for the old standards, and the different style. Ryan opined on this at our recent CnC meeting, as I recall- how the old hymns focus more on glorifying and praising God, and His grace and mercy, while the more modern music tends more towards the relationship, and what we get from it. There’s a lot to be appreciated in both schools of thought, I think, and I’m glad that I can.
Speaking of which, Ryan, we had your pick for favourite song- ‘I Sing the Mighty Power of God’- surrounded, but we didn’t get to it, sadly. Also, happy birthday, you old lug!
Duane and Sandy Berry were among the crowd this morning, which was good to see. I regret not having the chance to say hello (me and the rest of the church, I figure- they hadn’t made it out of their pew by the time I’d thanked the rest of the team, packed up, taken my stuff out to the car, come back, had a lemonade, chatted with Diane, went back into the sanctuary, thanked John, and received compliments from a few more worshippers before making for the door)
Also, Pastor Gerry was in rare form during his sermon, getting good jibes in at Pastor Linda AND Pastor Scott. I’d have expected that on Saturday, but not today. It was almost unsettling. He’s usually quite reserved in his delivery when he jokes.
He spoke on prayer, and the importance of praying properly, and taking time to listen to God as well as speak. He put it so well when he said: “What can we tell God that He doesn’t already know?”
He had another good analogy when he mentioned how God listening to us was like him listening to his granddaughter: “She loves to talk. She tells me things I’ve heard a hundred times, but I love to hear them. I listen because I love her. And God listens because he loves us.”
I think that’s all. Now to take off this tie.