Crystal West, CCC member
Christ Community Church has a unique opportunity in just a couple weeks. We get just under an hour for our entire church to practice singing.
Oh wait. You aren’t a musician or a vocalist? Neither am I. But have you been rescued from death and destruction? Has Christ bought you out of slavery and the kingdom of self? Maybe you are a child beginning to see the beauty of the brightness of the Son. Maybe your faith feels weak. Your church family needs to hear you sing.
I was recently impacted through a short article by contemporary hymn writer, Keith Getty, on why congregational singing matters today more than ever. He writes, “I love Yo-Yo Ma. But singing with God’s people? Joining the eternal chorus? Embracing our blood-bought destiny? Standing with those who have tears in their eyes? Remembering when those same people stood next to me when I had tears in mine? Singing before this world of the only hope we have in the world? This is the eternal concerto of the soul—the ultimate masterpiece.”
If God has removed your heart of stone and given you a heart of flesh, we need to hear your praises, your groans and your sighs. We have a chance to truly help each other, to practice this means of instruction by song. The word of Christ goes to work making a home in us, rearranging the furniture in our hearts, when we sing “psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in [our] hearts to God.” (Col 3:16)
Come listen to your family tell you that God is with you. Come tell your family God is for them. Come show your children how worthy the Lamb is. Practice a bit of joy-filled, fruitful, resurrection life with the particular names and faces that God has given you right now:
“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 22:1-5)
CCC All-Church Worship Night
Sunday, October 29, 4:45-5:45 p.m., Extraordinary Ventures
All generations—infant to adult—are encouraged to attend!