Sunday morning. The alarm wakes me earlier than usual – 6am – a full hour before I normally wake for church. My usual Sunday morning consists of getting up closer to the hour of 7am and hitting McD’s for a coffee and some of those cinnamon goo balls in a box. Not sure what those are called exactly, but I’m fairly confident that’s not what’s on the menu in the drive thru. However, my friendly drive thru voice knows just exactly what I’m after – I’m on a first name basis!
Side note – I’m convinced that McD’s bakes habit-forming substances into those goo balls! Why else would I be tempted to run out at 11:25pm to get some??!? Ugh!
Where was I? Ah yes – 6am. This morning was going to be different from the last few years of Sunday mornings. Typically I’m getting to BNC (Bucyrus Nazarene Church) around 7:20-7:30 to begin prepping media for three services. But today found me there around 6:30am.
Today was different. Today was BNC’s first Sunday in the new sanctuary!
The BNC Audio Video and Lighting teams have been super busy the past few weeks with training, working out the bugs, and simply figuring out what we wanted to do with the services. We all had new equipment and fresh ideas.
But we haven’t been the only ones working hard at this!
Staff, board members, and building committees at BNC have been putting enormous amounts of time, resources, prayer, paperwork, and meeting after meeting to bring us to where we are today. The Celebration Singers and Orchestra and Grateful Life have both worked tirelessly at preparing for opening services along with moving equipment and testing it and moving it again – and testing it again.
Bottom line – much has been done all in preparation for this morning. So there’s no pressure at all here! No really, there really wasn’t! I mean we had a few snags, but nothing huge. Screens found themselves out of sync a time or two, but overall, the morning services looked stunning from a visual and lighting perspective and sounded stellar from the audio side!
Can you say God is good? Really – you need to say it!
Back to 6:30am. Before I was able to begin my preparations, I observed something amazing – people were anointing chairs, instruments, equipment, alters, the foyer, the back of my head.
Yes you read correctly!
I was at one of the iMacs in the bird’s nest (second level of the AVL booth) and behind me our Minister of Music comes up and anoints me and prays for me. Can’t say I’ve ever been anointed, but I indeed liked the results! God absolutely blessed the services, the equipment, the instruments, and yes, the backs of our heads! The ultimate for any Christian, in my opinion, is to know and be aware of the fact that God is using you right where you are. How awesome a thing is that – to know that the uncreated God is working through you to bring about His will. And he can’t do it with just sound guys or lighting guys or media guys. He needs singers and musicians, ushers and greeters, parking attendants and servants, pastors and staff, committee and board members, people to give and people to do. He needs cleaners and movers, cable pullers and builders, prayer warriors and teachers. I’m sure I’ve missed some, but you get my point.
I was focused on the visual – the media portion – what I was responsible for. I took care of what God needed me to take care of. But there were hundreds more doing exactly the same thing – doing just what God needed them to do. We all can’t be pastors or teachers or serve in audio or video or lighting. Paul talks about this in his first letter to the church in Corinth
1 Corinthians 12:4-20 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. (NASB)
We all serve the same Lord. The same God takes all the talents He Himself framed up in us and works through them all – through each person. Imagine if we were all visual people. All we focused on was how great the video production was. Who cares if we could hear anything – the video looked incredible!
But what about hearing the Word? Or what about hearing a praise played by a guitar or trumpet or a word of worship sung from a choir member? It would be absurd to walk into a service and only see the visual part and never turn on the sound system or the lighting to be able to hear and see.
And that’s Paul’s point. What if the body was one big eyeball? Sure we could see great – but we wouldn’t move forward without legs or feet. And the legs and feet can’t move forward without the eyes seeing the stumbling blocks along the way.
We need each other. There is not a single job, duty, ministry, etc. that’s any more important than the other. It’s really like a puzzle with each piece needing to fit where it belongs. But if a piece is missing, it’s incomplete.
My middle daughter is a puzzle master. She loves them! But she’s rather particular about having all the pieces. She’ll get the puzzle together and there might be a piece or two missing. This leaves her rather frustrated. Trying to convince her that it’s OK never works out well for me! In her eyes, it’s not complete unless the missing pieces are put in place.
Like the puzzle my daughter puts together, there are puzzle pieces at BNC that need filled. It might be simply a chair in the sanctuary where you need to sit and hear about the goodness of God and sing of His mercy and grace. It might be meeting some Christian friends and finding a family you never knew you had! And yes, it could be being a part of the AVL team too!
I’ll reiterate my point: We need each other. There is a place for you at BNC. God has a place for you and desires to use you to do His work. I encourage you to come see what’s available. I encourage you to visit BNC – to come, see, and discover what God has in store for you and your family!
It’s now too late for my goo balls from McD’s. That’s cool though. I’ll rest well. God used me today. And that’s better than a hundred boxes of those goo balls!!!