March 27, 2016 is almost here. That is the day when the Church in Falls will add an additional worship service that will include instrumental music. I have been at this church for well over 30 years and there are some of you that have been here even longer. I can tell you that if you were to tell me 20 years ago that one day we would have an instrumental music service in this church I may have laughed you out of the room. If you were to tell me 20 years ago that I would be the one put in charge of leading an instrumental service in this church I may have fainted. It is amazing the way God has been working and changing our church. I cannot wait to see what He is going to do next!
Those of us that are working directly with Arise are nervously excited. This has been a monumental task, but at every turn we have seen that God is leading this. We have prayed for more singers and more have come. We prayed for new instrumentalists and more have come. We have prayed to be able to make music that was of great quality so that it would lead people to the throne room of God and not distract. We have heard one positive comment after another about how touched people are by the music. We have prayed that God would bring more people through our doors for both the a cappella and Arise services. We have been averaging about 180 DIFFERENT people coming to the two services and sometimes even more. It’s even more than that if you count the people that go to both services. God is at work here!
We still need your prayers. Please consider and/or pray for the following:
• 1-2 more people to learn our sound system
• 1-2 more people to run slides
• One more acoustic guitarist, keyboard player, and drummer
• 2 people to move the partitions from the stage between services
Regardless of which service you will regularly attend, I urge you to show love and give encouragement to those that go to the opposite service. It is not helpful, loving, or encouraging to gather with others to complain about the volume, style of songs, or other details of the Arise service. It is also not helpful, loving, or encouraging to gather with others to complain how old fashioned the a cappella service is to you. Just don’t do it. It is how the enemy will try to attack and separate us. Regardless of what your preference is, recognize that those who do not share your same preference still love Jesus.
I also encourage you once again to regularly attend one of our classes that will take place between services. It is going to be so important for us to join together during that time to strengthen our family and to give the encouragement that I’m speaking of.
God bless each of you. You are all amazingly loved. Here we go.