Warrior or MIA?
Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.”
As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. – 2 Chronicles 20:20-22
Our “ministry of presence” is critical each week in worship. Like the singers in this passage of scripture, our role is to lead our church family into battle with songs of praise and thanksgiving. When we fill the loft it creates an atmosphere of excitement for worship…and when attendance is low it contributes to a negative energy in the room. The singers led Jehoshaphat’s army into battle and the Lord gave them the victory. Although it defies human understanding, the worship of the choir in advance of the battle was critical for success.
What if our “battle” each Sunday was dependent on your faithfulness?
Is your commitment to be present based on a calling or convenience?
Is your attendance based on musical enjoyment or a desire to lead our church family in worship?
This past Sunday our choir attendance was the lowest of 2014. In addition, our Wednesday night attendance is running about 30 below where it should be. This is not acceptable…because I know we can do better. Leading our church family in worship and filling your seat in the loft must be a priority based on a spiritual commitment, not simply based on convenience. I cannot overstate the importance of us leading our church family into spiritual battle each week. It makes a huge difference in the life of our church…and it cannot happen without you.
This Sunday morning is going to be an incredible day of worship as Dr. Jim Henry (former pastor at FBC Orlando, Florida) preaches as part of a multi-week celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the dedication of our sanctuary. In addition, on Sunday night all generations of our church will join together in GENERATION HYMNS as we lift of the name of Jesus Christ in worship. Will you be in your place?
You are loved and appreciated and l look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night. It’s going to be GREAT!
Pursuing the Call!