“You really look stupid up there. Don’t you feel dumb singing acapella? The only ones out their worshipping God are your family. You’re a pitiful worship leader.” These and a myriad of other negative thoughts went through the mind of the pastor’s wife who was trying to do the best she could leading others in worship without the aid of music. Then there was the almost immediate exodus of the small congregation upon the close of service. Nobody seemed to want to stay around very long to get to know each other. Oftentimes, the pastor’s wife would think to herself, “This doesn’t feel like church but just a group of people meeting together.” Secretly, she wondered if things would ever change. After 6 months went by ,the church was able to purchase a keyboard with prerecorded music on discs that you could pop into the keyboard. Singing in this style was definitely better than acapella and served the young church well for a while.
When this pastor and his family had come to start a church, the pastor’s daughter who loved music, began taking piano lessons. After a while, she got to a point where she could play a few songs that would work well when the offering was being taken. Then came the day when her dad told her, “We are not using canned music anymore. You will be playing for the song service.” The poor girl was petrified, but God greatly blessed her efforts, and having live music added a new dimension to the worship. God brought a few families to the church that already had a solid Biblical foundation and were able to be a great blessing to this pastor, his family and the church.
When this church was started, they were able to rent a church building from another group and have a Sunday service in the afternoon. This went on for a little over 5 years. God opened a door for them to be able to remodel and lease a storefront in the downtown area of their city. Although they do not own this building, it is theirs to use exclusively. They changed their schedule for Sundays to the morning, with children’s church first followed by a family worship service. Outreach began taking place on a regular basis each Saturday. God has blessed their efforts with a steady stream of visitors and many new people seeking God at the altar.
As I was driving toward home a couple of weeks ago, all these thoughts flooded my mind, and I thank God for what He has done for us since we moved to Oakley 6 years ago. We haven’t grown as quickly as we would like, but God is good, and the devil is a liar. This feels like church now!