Thursday, October 18, 2012

Redesigning the Grocery Store.

**Note: I'm terribly sorry about the weird spacing issues going on. I promise I don't double and single space at weird places on purpose. If you can't see them, then YAY! But I can't seem to fix them since I'm not an internet wiz. So if one of you is an internet wizard would like to help me, I'd love that! But for now, you'll have to ignore the tricks that the silly internet is playing on my blog.**

Just call me the late night blogger.
It seems as if every inspiration for a blog comes when I'm trying to go to sleep.
I suppose tonight it was because I was counting my blessings.

Tonight was Wednesday night. Therefore: NewSong band practice night! Wednesdays are long since we practice in the evening, but my favorite days. The folks in the band are so cool and not only do I like playing with them, but I like hanging out with them! Since Sundays have a a few more things grabbing my attention, Wednesdays are the best days for us to catch up as a group.

This week, Landon is leading worship!! I always love when he leads because
1. He's so good at it.
2. I get to sit back a little and let him take charge.
3. He picks cool songs!
And this week is no exception to all three of those.

But also, this has been deemed

The week of the bassists.

It just so happened that all of our bass players were available this week. I was determined to not let that hinder them from serving so I rearranged them and asked them to do things a little differently. One is playing bass, another is playing acoustic and the last one is playing drums! Talk about talented.
As we practiced tonight, it was definitely different. We have a good group of folks that rotate in and out, but there are a few that like to serve every week. And those people who serve every week had been moved around so it was all the same people, and a brand new sound. Not significantly different, but different.

And at first, in all honesty, it threw me off my game. For the first run-through, it was little walking into the grocery store right after they've done a store-redesign. Same place, same things, same people, but you're totally lost. Then you start realizing the cool things about the redesign. The noodles are finally by the sauce. The sandwich stuff is near the chips, you catch my drift.
Tonight, I started off a little confused, but then I heard the cool things happening. The acoustic, being a bass player by trade, was keeping a really tight beat. The (drum)set player was playing the djembe as a perfect compliment to the other bass player that was playing set. One of our electric players had taken a break for a while but he was available this week. Hearing him get back into the groove was so cool. It was like pent-up creativity was coming out. 

I always tell the band that I just give them chord charts and an mp3 as a reference to what we'd like to happen. Though by day they are doctors, students, engineers, mechanics, teachers, supervisors, etc., when they play music, they are true musicians. Some of them are meticulous and play every note like the recording and I love that about them! The preciseness of their playing keeps us all on track. Some of them are complete creatives and I never know what they'll bring for worship. Some of them play by ear and some write out their own music by hand. They're all different.
And it's amazing.

I think that's what makes the band good. We don't all play together every week. But when each of the members brings their style to the table, whatever style that may be, we get to create something beautiful for the Lord and as a service to help other people worship. You'd think that a melting pot of styles would produce chaos, but it produces a new, beautiful sound.

The church is the same. You'd think that with artists, scientists, teachers, lawyers, stay-at-home-moms, insurance guys, students, newlyweds, oldyweds, singles, teens, athletes, intellectuals, etc., combined, you'd get large group of people who disagree. 
But when combined, we become the body of Christ.

 "Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well." 
Romans 12

In God's grace, we make something beautiful. 

This week, maybe God is calling you to get outside of your norm for a minute, to redesign the grocery store. It doesn't have to be forever, but maybe a small change would rattle you enough to realize the beauty of life outside of your regular instrument. 

 Just by the way, if you'd like to serve by singing/playing in the NewSong band, please email me at . I'd love to talk to you! We always need more of every instrument/voice!!

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