Leading at OG is rarely a case of plan a list and stick to it, but never more so that last Sunday.
Pitched to the church body as a 'Bring and Buy' service (yes, you read that correctly; not 'Bring and Share') The idea was simple; you only come if you bring something, when you're their you share and 'buy-in' to what's going on.
The conversation regarding between me and the service leader was:
Me: So, Sunday then...
Him: Can we have some Worship?
(For reference, that's not how we work!)
People had two weeks notice, but with 15 minutes to the start of the service, I had two songs for definite and we had an idea to thank two children who had, pretty much on their own, set out all of the chairs for the service.
Then, people came.
They brought gifts and money to be re-distributed, they brought scriptures, and stories and thoughts on loneliness. I had loads of input from the band with their ideas for extra songs and we finished with a 'you so have to play that again' song.
Before the service we prayed a lot that people wouldn't be held back by fear and they weren't; praise God! For me though, it felt quite normal to be seeking God on a minute to minute basis. I've said before on here that playing guitar and singing are my weakest instruments and that I know I can't do it on my own, so I have to rely on God.
Highlights from the service for me are:
1) The moment when a wave of release came, and something happened. I'd love to talk to someone who was on the receiving end, but I have not yet had the pleasure
2) The moment near the end of the service when the service leader asked anyone who had heard from God to stand, and almost everyone stood up. What a change, what a difference!
(Warm up) Your Voice Is - Vicky Beeching
Hosanna - Brooke Fraser
This is our God - Hillsong
This is My Desire - Reuban Morgan
How Deep the Father's Love for Us - Stuart Townend
I Have Heard So Many Songs - Matt Redman
Faithful One - Brian Doerkson
(or something like that...)