and God said, let there be…dark??? What?!?

At 8:28 the Christian Family Centre, where we (Crossroads Community Church) hold our worship experiances, went black. The power went out, two minutes before our first service started. Yes, started. The power was out but God wasn’t. Our members and staff came together like never before (litterly, because as far as I can remember the power has never been out on a Sunday while we have been at the Centre). But just becuase there was no electrcity, that means…how do you have your music? Well that was no problem for our band. Our drummer, Todd, grabed his snare drum and the guitar player, Ben, grabbed his acoustic guitar, and Eric and Laura (with no mics) sang out to the congragation…and it was the best worship experiance I have ever had. Then Scott, the Senior Pastor, just talked. Just talked from his heart. He didn’t do his prepared message, just talked. And it was one of the best things that I have heard Scott talk about. That was first service, we still have two more to go. So the question becomes…Now what do we do for second service? Well that wasn’t a problem for our Ushers. They said, well we’ll just put chairs in the Grand Lobby and have the service in there where there is windows so its easier to see. Because in the auditorium (where first service was held) there was only the emergency flood lights that were on and they only last about an hour, which by the time second service was supposed to start would have been about an hour, so they moved to the Grand Lobby. The lobby was packed full of people. People sitting, standing…worshiping. Worshiping the God that is bigger than a power outage. For being a tech guy it showed me something. God doesn’t need all of the techincal stuff (sound, lights, graphics, etc.) to spread the word. Sometimes, thats exactly what people need, to get away from all the tech stuff and just slow down, do something a little out of the ordinary. The experiance was amazing. The power did come on in time for our third service. It came on about 10:30, which third service starts at 11:30. I was kinda hoping that it would stay off so everyone could see what I seen. I love my church!

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4 Comments

  1. just from hearing Scott and you talk I wish I would have been their for the first one. It was great to hear Scott talk from his heart or from God’s heart. And yes sometimes we do need to take a break from all of the tech stuff.

  2. Don’t forget Debbie Winstead was singing also. It was an amazing show of God’s power through Crossroads.

  3. Coming from a worship minister…that would be my worst nightmare at first glance…but then again…sometimes God does amazing things that seem to be bad just to get our full attention on him.

  4. My Worst Nightmare

    Pete Bishop has a blog I read…right before the first of three services on May 20 the power went out…check out his blog and also the blog from his tech leader. God sometimes uses adversity to get our full attention.


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