Proverbs 18:24. "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
It may seem strange that I would be typing on a worship blog about friendship; however, that's just what I feel God has led me to do. We've just finished up a very successful week at our church. We held our annual VBS. It was a great week, but I must tell you this director is exhausted. In order to pull off our VBS, we have to make some sizable changes to our Reach Center. Chairs, tables, stage equipment, keyboards, risers, mic stands etc...all have to be moved around or relocated. The Sunday morning worship time has to be adjusted to accommodate the decorations on the stage. Sunday morning the fellows in this picture led us in worship.They had to completely change up the set because we had our VBS decor all over the stage. Their flexibility and friendship mean so much to us. They do this every year without complaining. The beauty of it is that the worship experience is just as wonderful. God has blessed these men with amazing talents and skills. They were able to lead us to fellowship with God even without the full stage experience. I am so thankful for these friends and their willingness to support another "arm" of our church.
Romans 12: 4-5 "For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not have all of the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another."
Our praise team (including the audio technicians) is a special group of believers. We have created a bond of friendship that I feel is unique and different.
Proverbs 17:17 "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
It seems that over the past several years that this is the kind of friendship we have built with each other. Countless times this week (and in VBS past) I have come to the tech team at the last minute with updates and changes. I'm always greeted with a smile and given whatever help I need. In good times and bad, we are here for each other. We pray for one another and lift each other up. When I have a prayer need, these friends are the first I think of to help me lift the burden to the Lord. It's that close relationship that I believe allows us to lead others to Him during worship services. We have a positive and caring relationship with each other. I believe this contributes to the way God uses us on Sunday mornings during worship. We relate to one another as we sing and come together as a team with a common purpose. It is truly the desire of our team to bring others to a worship experience with Him. Our fellowship with each other and our Savior leads us to commune with Him in a very special way. Feeling......blessed!