Singing Together

I hope this past weekend was one of encouragement for you. Sundays for me have always been like an aircraft carrier for me. It's where for a few hours out of the week we set aside time to get together with follow believers and share life together. It's where we get refueled, reloaded and recharged to take-off again on Monday to go back into our sphere of influence and share hope and love with all we encounter.

This past weekend I had the honor and privilege of leading a small group of men as we lead our church in song for an acoustic time of singing. Typically on a Sunday my church has a full group of singers, an orchestra, rhythm section, and pianist, so this was quite the change of pace.

I sang and played my acoustic, Tyler sang harmonies, Andy played a cajon, that actually one of my other friends built himself and Mike played bass. It was simple and yet I was super encouraged by what it allowed us to experience. 

Singing has been going on in the church since she was started. It's a tradition, but one of the few that allows a mass of people to proclaim truth together outside of reading. I was so encouraged to hear our church. Many times I'll either have in ears in or the band will be loud enough to where the congregation can't be heard. When things are simplified you can hear. 

That brings me to my encouraging thought for this week. As we live let's be sure to listen. Sometimes the most encouraging thing you will hear is the truth you've heard for years being proclaimed again by those you love. To me it was a glimpse of Heaven. A foreshadowing of things to come that give us all the chance to sing at the top of our lungs the Truth we have lived. Don't be afraid to sing friends. And don't be afraid to listen to those singing beside you either. 

Life's a dance. Sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow. There was a popular country song that used that line. I like it as it puts into perspective the balance that we all get to walk. 

If you want some good songs to sing to, I specifically recorded an EP last year of Hymns that I grew up singing. I didn't toy with the melody or add an unnecessary chorus. I tried my best to keep the familiar the familiar but still musically be my thumb print. I hope it encourages you. You can listen to it for free on Spotify or iTunes

Let's sing together!

- Matt