This morning I had a sentimental exprience at church, at my home campus in downtown Naperville. First of all, most all of my small group that we birthed last year was in attendance, which is always awesome.
Jon Ferguson delivered the message, which was excellent. A well told story about how money can be thought of for us as a tool, a test, and a trademark. Great stuff delivered well.
But then there were the artists. Doug White was leading the band, with fellow 'old timer' Pat Fosnacht on bass. But the thing that stood out to me were some of the other key contributing artists.
Lindsay Malcolm-Williams sang the special, Carrie Underwood's song "Change." it was awesome. Jeremiah Higgins played electric guitar and led us in a reflective communion moment with a slowed down rendition of "Grace Like Rain," and Ryan Sudol was serving at the sound board.
All three are adults, some married, some with kids, but all three "grew up" in this church. Ryan as an elementary school kid appeared in some of our earliest attempts at original videos. Lindsay babysat for our Sadie when she was a baby, I remember having to drive her home because she wasn't old enough to drive herself. And Jeremiah has been playing every instrument his dad Dylan would let him since as long as I can remember. Drums were first for him though, I remember trying to guide him in how you don't have to fill every sixteenth note with a drum fill. Good stuff.
Last week at "the Green Room" Rod Parsley talked about the need for multigenerational worship, and I was happy to see it playing out this morning at Community. Because, you see, the generations were playing alongside each other: it wasn't ushering out the old folks, nor was it excluding the younger ones because they hadn't "paid their dues." They were all up onstage together, worshiping, serving, using their gifts.
But most importantly, to the attenders around and all the artists, it just seemed normal. Like something we would do naturally. And I love being a part of a community like that.
They didn't know why I took their pictures this morning, but they smiled nonetheless...