It seems that blogging is all the rage now days. Every where I turn I find bloggers of all shapes and sizes. It has actually inspired me to start blogging a little more consistently. I love pictures and art and beautiful things. And writing has always been a great way for me to express myself and helps me to discover more things about myself, as well. So I think I will start in this blogging endeavor, hopefully on a more consistent basis. Who knows if anyone will even read it, but I think it's more for myself then for anyone else at this point.
So I made the decision a few months back to become one of the praise and worship leaders at the new and improved contemporary second service here at the New Market SDA church. Next weekend is my first weekend to organize the service and I'm feeling the pressure. I know how I want it to be in my mind, but making it happen seems a little more difficult to pull off right now. We had a meeting today and discussed the past few Sabbaths and scheduled ourselves through the end of May. We also were given a book to start reading, entitled Majesty-written by S. Joseph Kidder. I read the first chapter today while I was on supervision in the gym. It's a really great book about experiencing authentic worship. Here's a portion that I read and really liked:
"In September of 2004 President George W. Bush came to South Bend, Indiana, about 30 miles from where I live, for a fund-raiser. The South Bend Tribune mentioned that the Republican Party had rented a large auditorium for the occasion and had a special dinner and evening with the president. However, what caught my attention was the fact that to get into the auditorium and eat a plate of chicken and asparagus would cost about $30,000. And if you wanted to sit close to the president, that privilege went for $50,000. And should you desire to join the president at his table and have your picture taken with him, that would call for a mere $100,000. (It would be the most expensive chicken and asparagus you'd ever eat. I believe this would be the equivalent of buying such a meal for the rest of your life.)
Well, I did not believe the accuracy of the article, but still was interested in the details. So I called the paper and asked them exactly what the dinner and photo opportunity would cost. They assured me that all the facts in the article were correct. Also they told me that all presidential candidates do the same type of fund-raising.
At that moment I felt really good. My heart started rejoicing, and I had one of the greatest
worship experiences of my life.
I was struck with awe and amazement that the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and the President of the whole universe desires to be with me. He has called me to be with Him for free! I don't have to pay a penny for it. All that I have to do is accept His invitation and enjoy His presence and bask in His company. In Mark 3:14 we read that Jesus 'appointed twelve, that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach and to have authority to cast out the demons' (NASB). Jesus has called you to be with Him. Enter into the presence of God. Worship and love Him. Give yourself as a living sacrifice to Him."