Early last Sunday, The worship leader for the main service walked into the cafeteria where I was setting up for the students service and said, "so we are going to have service in here today!" There was an issue with the power breaker in the gym, where the church usually sets up for their main service, so we had to call an audible completely off the cuff. My sister Grace was driving in from San Antonio to play keys with me at the students service, but instead, Daniel changed up his setlist and Grace played with him at the main service! I led worship for students in the choir room. Instead of streaming the sermon series from downtown as planned, our campus pastor Matt Blackwell preached a sermon from a recent staff gathering he had prepared. Many things where crazy, and we were scrambling to find screens, and move everything to the cafeteria, but it was a great experience! It was incredible to be a part of a team that when things don't go according to plan are able to come together and make things happen! By the grace of God we were able to proclaim the gospel in South Austin without distractions. God is faithful!
This week has been busy: meetings, preparing for worship team auditions for the students band, and preparing for my sister Johanna's wedding next weekend! Johanna and her fiancé Josh asked me to officiate their wedding so I have been working on a script for the wedding. Also, things are starting to get busier with the residency (which is awesome) but I am having to learn how to prioritize my time well so that I can spend time with my family in the evenings instead of continuing to work. Reading to Sawyer (Cowboy Saw-bean) has been one of my favorite things to do. Being present for my family is a vital part of being a dad! The other day I was leaving to go work at the Austin Stone offices and Sawyer, Jahnabell, and Dusty opened a window upstairs to wave goodbye. They melted my heart in an instant! This week, Colossians 1:13-20 has spoken to me about the gravity of the preeminence of Christ. When things in life don't go as planned and when there is too much to get done in the time we have, let us remember that we were created to glorify Him and that He is the author of time and space!
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” Colossians 1:13-20