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So much to practice. Already on the second day we realize how little time we have left to solidify and smooth out rough spots. But we also are reminded that however well we might know our notes, our work is in vain unless God breathes life into it. We spend time in prayer, asking Him to come and shine Heaven’s light on us, in us, and through us.
We were blessed by the devotional that Davie Yoder shared. “Do you believe that God can get you through anything?” He asked. “Really?” He went on to talk about faith, and how so often we make it seem so complicated, when really it’s so simple. In our song, “Sinner Man” the question is asked “where you gonna go when it’s time to die?” And the answer to the lost man’s plight is simply, “Sinner, get down on your knees and pray!” A powerful reminder to, as Davie put it, “Face your mountain and believe!”
After that precious half an hour or so of worship and sharing, it’s down to business. A bit of procrastination may have been tolerable in the months leading up to this week, but no more! Those of us who did a bit too much of that may or may not begin to feel a bit of whiplash. But even those of us who felt super confident about our music are stumbling over a few unforeseen rough spots. Nothing like working along side other people to make you realize your shortcomings!
This afternoon, we seemed to hit one of those little “mountains” in “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel” that no amount of listening, repeating, frowning, and finger-snapping seemed to budge. Finally Graham called for prayer time. No use wasting our time trying to push through this on our own strength, right? We asked God for understanding of the timing, for strength to figure it out, and for His will to be done. I of little faith was still skeptical that we’d ever get it together, but God came through for us. A few minutes and a couple of lightbulb moments later, there were nodding heads and sighs of relief. Still not perfect, but hey, ten times more solid! God still moves mountains!
We’re excited to see what God wants to do with the rest of our time this week. May He get all the praise!
Day 1 - Acclamation Week 2018
There was definitely a mix of emotions as everyone walked through the church doors this morning. For many, it was expectation and excitement for the next week. Meeting up with friends, and the joy of seeing familiar faces. For some of us, or at least myself, a bundle of nerves. There was excitement and fear, it took an act of God to even get me to come. Satan tries so hard to put a stop to anything that brings glory to God. Listening to what others went through to get to Acclamation shows us how much of a battle there is. Everything from sickness, to injury, to loss of their voice… and every member of Acclamation has a unique role. Much like the church of Christ, when we come together, united to worship, the creation, recognizing its Creator, with hearts bowed low, voices lifted up, we are filled with a complete awe of HIs goodness and mercy. We are all on a journey. A journey to be closer with the Father. When we first started singing this morning, the harmony just flowed. I was so humbled that God gifts us with such natural instruments. The song selections for this year’s programs bring both reverence and hope. One song speaks of crossing over into eternity with hope, while another heed a warning of God’s judgment. I believe God is working this week in each heart of those in this group. And my prayer is that those who listen to these songs will not hear us, but the Father speaking to them. Come, let us worship together…
Rachel Nicole Carter