I was almost eaten by a Lion

Erica and I watched “Prince Caspian” together the other night after we got back from Life Group.

Rabbit Trail – Have you ever had to bow out of “grown-up” interraction to tend to your own children.  I was not completely thrilled that I had to miss out on over half of the conversation and good times in our Life Group that night, but my children needed Dad around to keep em in line.  If I hadn’t gone down, everyone else wouldn’t have been able to enjoy the time together.  Small price to pay for others to have community.

** Shot Gun Blast **  I now exit back onto the original Blog trail

I was floored by Aslan.  I’m not sure my take on this is completely accurate or exactly what C. S. Lewis intended, but here goes.  Alsan is a great picture of Jesus.  I mean take out the obvious likeness…Jesus had a mean Mane of Hair just like Alan…Right?!!?

But seriously!  Take away the supernatural power, the promised return, the authority, the majesty…I watched this Lion and God floored me.  I watched how he walked around humbly, just like Jesus did.  He didn’t flaunt His power, but when he flexed it, everyone knew about it.  I sat in awe as He welcomed back those that doubted.  You could see their hearts and countenance melt in His presence.

Now, I know that this was just a book/movie, but I imagine this is the way it was or the way it will be when I’m around Jesus.  It makes me wonder if people sense the presence of god when they’re around me.  I mean, we have the promise of the Holy Spirit living inside of us as followers of Christ.

So, how about you?  Does anyone see Jesus in you?  Do they sense His power and presence in your life?

Livin’ Out Loud,

Al

No Street Signs

I’m listening to U2‘s “Where the Streets Have No Name” from their Joshua Tree album.  It’s a killer song and and even more incredible album.  I love the keys, I love the delay in the guitar, I love the simple, yet driving bass line, and I love Bono’s vocals in this song.  It is speaking to me.  It could be that the band will be practicing this song for Sunday Service at Fellowship Church, and I can’t wait to see how it moves people.  It could be that the song brings such beautiful images to mind when I hear it.  I don’t know what it actually is; I don’t care.  I just know it is moving.

I’ve noticed this a lot lately.  Everywhere I go it seems to happen.  I’m not sure why God has been doing it this way, but He’s really been using my environment (both natural and technology) to speak to me lately and it has been loud and clear. 

How has God Been Speaking to you lately?

Livin’ Out Loud,

Al

Worship Recap and Set List: August 23, 2009

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Recap: Sunday was the first message in a two week series we are doing based on The Shack.  Jeff Campbell, one of the leaders at Fellowship Holden, really hit home that we all have a “shack,” a place of suffering or let down in our life.  If you weren’t there, check it out at the Fellowship Church online campus.  It was very powerful and challenging.

Worship was great, and for me was particularly exciting.  “Why?” you may ask!  well, this was the second week in a row that I really felt like I was part of the worship experience, not just leading and conducting from the stage.  It has been so refreshing to finally come to a point where I let go of my concerns for the operations of the morning, I let go of trying to ensure that everything and everyone follows the “plan” I constructed for this week.  God has really been working on me in this area. 

God has reminded me that I need to not just be a worship leader, but be, as I think Matt Redman put it, a Lead Worshipper.  Someone who isn’t just show, but is truly a worshipper.  Not someone standing on a stage, but who in spirit stnads along side of his brothers and sisters worshipping and glorifying the King of Glory.   I have had my attention centered on our King, Jesus!  It has been so incredible. 

 There were a few hiccups throughout the service.  We had some feedback when Jeff began speaking, and some fails before the service bagan, but Phil our sound director worked his tail off to get in line.  I had the privilege of having my brother, Christian, playing lead guitar with our band this week.  I love playing with him, because he tends to bring fire down when he plays.  It’s also pretty cool to have your younger brother up there worshipping and leading along with you.

Setlist:

  • Opened with King – Tree63
  • From the Inside Out – Hillsong United
  • Above All – Susan Warren, one of our other worship leaders has a killer voice, and many times brings incredible  harmonies to the songs, but she led this one and it was really moving to me.
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2:  We closed out the service with – I saw a bunch of people singing along, but I thought this song was so fitting in conjunction with the opening message for The Shack series.

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Worship Recap and Set List: August 9, 2009

So, this is my first post for Sunday Setlists, as well as my first post since February 26, 2009. It’s incredible how God has been working in the lives of the people at Fellowship Holden. This Sunday was such an incredible example of how God has really been raising up leaders and giving people courage and strength to step up and out for His Kingdom. It was one of the sweetest times for me as a worship leader, because I got to see first hand how reliance on God and hard work. The vocalist that was on with me this week has made some huge progress. She came alive and seemed so free and confident up there. It’s great to see that my friend and it’s awesome to see God working in you Laurie.

Marty was away on vacation this week with his wife and her family and so we had the privilege of having Walt Muti speak this morning. He and his family were missionaries to the tribal peoples of Venezuela for something like 20+ years. When the country closed its doors to Americans a couple years ago, they moved back and have been rocking it for God’s Kingdom here in Worcester.

Walt brought a message on relational evangelism, which is the 6th of our 7 core values. It was an amazing message. He told us about how God had used him recently to reach out to local girl and help her understand the love of God. He told us how he heard God on his ride home whisper to him this question “Was it worth it?” “I missed my daughter. Was it worth leaving Venezuela, going through all the pain you’ve been experiencing, to see my daughter come back to me?” Powerful stuff!

So, here’s a look at the order of the morning and below is a run down of the set:

We started the day with All Who are Thirsty – kinda of a spin off of the Kutless version. Mike (drums), Giuliano (Bass) and Matt (Electric Guitar) drove it in with a sweet intro. Steve led the Welcome and Prayed and then we came right back into the chorus of the song.

We transitioned into Abba Father by The Daniel Doss Band, then into Steve Fee’s We Shine. It was a fantastic set up for the message that Walt was going to bring. It always amazes me how God orchestrates what He puts on the heart of the worship leader to echo what He wants the speaker to bring from the Word that day. Breathtaking!

The offering was announced and we ended with God of This City – Blutree. I have to say, the Bluetree version of the song is by far my favorite. I heard that one before I ever knew that Chris Tomlin did a version of their song.

This was actually one of my favorite songs of the morning, because we had worked out what we like to call the “U2 sound” for Matt’s electric, and it came shining through. It was the perfect way to end a day filled with reminders that we are laborers in the field for the Kingdom of God.

Livin’ Out Loud,

Al

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