Dance with the one who brought you…reference

My good friend from Moulton, AL, Ryan Melson, has a great blog entry last night. I am an emotional person…I cry at movies, at songs, when I hear my baby’s heartbeat…I’m just that way. The story my friend tells is one of those stories that does it to me. But, this one…it’s not just another story…it’s true, something he witnessed with his own eyes and shared with us. I pray you’ll hear the message of this story of true worship.

Time to login peeps!

I’m gonna have to do like my good friend, Adam, and ask you to make a simple comment to this post…or any post. I’ve had anywhere from 6 to 50 views a day over the past few weeks…a total of 300 views…but only 7 comments…one of them mine.

So here’s the challenge…post a comment somewhere, even if it’s just here to this post with who you are and where you’re from and your favorite blog or website (it’ll give me some ideas). I want to get to know who’s looking at my blog – if for no other reason than to say thanks. So, post away!! 🙂

Messiah – kickin’ my tail

Yeah, I said it. Funny thing is, I’m talking about two things, but both are kickin’ my tail. First is Handel’s Messiah. You know, the one with the infamous “Hallelujah Chorus.” The community chorus Me and a few others began a few years ago here in Elberton decided to do Handel’s Messiah this Christmas. It had not been done here since the early 90s so we felt like we needed to do it again.

Now, as the conductor of this group, it’s my job to prepare the group for the performance…not just wave my arms the day of. We’ve got 17 rehearsals to prepare 15 separate choruses – some short, like “Surely He has borne our griefs and our sorrows.” Others are more familiar to this group – like the “Hallelujah”.

I counted up today – after spending 4 hours in study for tonight’s rehearsal, plus 2 hours of rehearsal (1.5 actual rehearsing, plus time before and after answering questions and what-not) – that I spent about 6 hours today on Messiah stuff. If I add that up over 17 rehearsals…that’s about 102 hours – almost 3 full weeks of a full-time job. And this is just in prep for the choruses…and those are the easy parts to conduct. The hard parts to conduct are the recitatives and arias. And I won’t get to actually conduct them until the week of the performance…since we are hiring professional orchestra players and vocal soloists.

So, this Messiah is kickin’ my tail. But the other one is too…my Messiah. I’m really being challenged at every turn with, “Am I really living out what I believe?” I want to be…but am I? I’m trying to get on new program of regular Bible study and prayer. I feel like my sporadic, varied times of this isn’t working to help me grow. So I appreciate your prayers in this. Beyond that, I’ve been challenged in the last few weeks with the thought of our baby coming soon – how in the world do I raise a Godly child? All I’ve heard is that my example is the number one influencer…and I need to be a better example.

I’ve had as my “life verse” for as long as I can remember Psalm 19:14 which says, “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Am I pleasing to Him…maybe not, but I’m trying harder now.

Not trying to cop out or anything…

I’m sure I’ll post something of my own later today…but I read this post and just had to pass it on to my readers. Just like Adam, my wife and I have felt sad for the media treatment of our famous young girls (Britney, Lindsay, Miley, etc.) Our comment has so often been, “If the media would just leave them alone, they might be able to get some things in order.” Check this blog out.

19th week ultrasound – blessing from God

This snapshot was made at our 19th week ultrasound.

 

You should have seen her/him singing in the live ultrasound! Seeing the 4 chambered heart (and listening to it), seeing all five fingers and toes, and of course this profile…I can’t wait. Doc says this baby gave him almost all the unusual pictures he learned about in school but hardly ever sees (especially all in one ultrasound). Says all is going great too.
Just in case you have a problem understanding what you’re looking at (you’re not the first…), but this is a profile pic, just like when you were in elementary school and the teacher would have you stand in front of the overhead projector and turn sideways so she could draw the outline, or profile, of you onto black construction paper (remember those?).
Heather has just started feeling the baby move within the past few days. Things are moving right along with a huge scoop of blessing from God. Hard to image that anyone could not see this baby as a living human being – with fullness of life. Thanks God, this is awesome.

Catoe at it again

I can’t believe I used to play in a band with this guy (not a marching band…well, actually, we did that too.) We had a pretty jammin’ band for only about 2 or 3 shows. Then it was just me and him – called ourselves “Two Blind Men” based on the scriptures where Jesus healed the two blind men and they couldn’t help but tell everyone what He had done for them. I’d love to play alongside him again. Funny thing is, this is just him messing around…you ought to hear him really play.

I’ve got a long way to go

You ever run across something that reminds you of how much you don’t know…or how far you have to go…or maybe even that you might be on the wrong road completely?

My pastor sent me a link to a worship service of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Travis Cotrell was a guest worship leader in a Sunday evening service. All I can say is, I’ve got a long way to go to lead with the freedom of worship and compassion that Travis shows. Not that I want to be just like him, but I wouldn’t mind having the heart behind worship leadership that he has.

Now, grant it, FBC Woodstock has resources in their music ministry that I’ll most likely never see. Having a full orchestra and several hundred voice choir, that surely has an impact on the passion represented in the video. However, I do still notice that I’m not there yet – in ability to lead worship like Travis does.

But this is where God has called me, this is what He has called me to at this point in my life…and I will continue in His calling until He moves differently. In the meantime, I’m to be about His business, bringing others into a more passionate relationship with God Almighty…and to that I’m committed.

Here’s a link to the video – the “concert” starts around 21:55 or so – so drag the tracking bar over to get to the section with Travis. God Bless. At 1:24:00, the response/invitation is again led by Travis…don’t miss this part.