Singing with the sounds of Crickets for a choir

I love singing outside

The prairie behind us in this picture has been being cultivated over the past 12 years to re-introduce certain species of plant life back into this area that would be the same as it was before the first settlers arrived 200 years ago. It was absolutely gorgeous.

We played for Tom's church as the congregation looked beyond us into God's vast creation. Crickets and birds were our backup choir. Part of cultivation the land means that the owners burn everything right after winter in the spring to keep out invasive species. One of the songs that Tom wanted us to play was "Beautiful Things" by Gungor. 

The words on the page just leaped out as we sang, 

All this earth
Could all that is lost ever be found?
Could a garden come out from this ground, at all?
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of the dust
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us

It was definitely an incredible experience and reminded me of all the times that I spent in Camp ministry leading worship outside, under the stars at night or under the tree canopy in the afternoon. I truly cherish and miss those times. 

It's good to unplug so we can remember, reflect and resolve. 

Tom and I were talking before the service about how many times we start to fall in love with what we create and lose the awe and beauty of what God already created. And yet the most beautiful part of it all is that He invites us to be apart of His eternal family. Taking our nothingness and making is glorious.

I can't begin to describe how humble and honored I feel that I get to use music to impact people's lives for the sake of the Gospel. God doesn't need me. He could use a donkey if He wanted to (He did that once come to think of it...) and yet He chose to give me something that I can't help but share.

I can't wait till I can play for you friend. Be sure to click below so you can be up to date on when and where I play next. I'm using an app called Bandsintown that will help keep you notified when I'm playing a show near you. And hey, if I'm not and you'd like me too, feel free to check out my booking link. I'd love to play for your church, coffee shop, family, or camp. 

Thanks again for all your support Matt! 

- matt