My last time leading worship before my sabbatical. My last time getting to the church for 8:00. My last time feeling the quiet anticipation of the Hub before people arrive. My last early morning coffee with the setup teams.
And yet I'm not sure it's sunk in yet.
Still, it was a really a special kind of morning for me. I had a kind of excitement beyond how I usually feel.
We were looking at the third part of 1 Peter in our series. Looking particularly at how Peter was writing to a church in/about to be in serious persecution.
I am constantly amazed at God's ability to bring together a theme through the individual preparation of people, simply by inspiring them. God is good.
So I tried something that I haven't used before; I followed Psalm 95 and choose songs to follow what it says. I found it really easy to do and the result was not something I would necessarily have thought of.
I also loved the fact that some of my family were there (other than the usual.) There is something humbling about leading your own family in worship and song.
So this is the last Worship Confessional for a while. My sabbatical is over in November by which time I have no idea where I'll be!
God, it's over to you.
I Lay My Life Down (One Way) - Jonathan Douglass & Joel Houston
Oh Our Lord & King - Alan Rose
Give Thanks To The Lord - Chris Tomlin
Your Voice Is - Vicky Beeching
Sovereign Lord - Martyn Layzell
The Cross Has Said It All - Matt Redman
We Bow Down - Viola Grafstrom
There Must Be More Than This - Tim Hughes
There Is A Day - Nathan Fellingham
(Yes, that really is a lot of songs!)