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April 6, 2008 / David Lindner

A Crazy Weekend

This weekend, we were talking about dealing with difficulties. (You can listen to the sermon audio here.) And we were being sure not to shy away from the subject and not present difficulties in an unrealistic, even un-biblical way. We believe that there are difficult situations in life, but that we have a savior who has overcome the world. That doesn’t mean we won’t go through extremely difficult circumstances, but in all of them we still have a Savior who has overcome the world.

So it was already a difficult subject to deal with, we were showing a couple of very power videos of people who went through difficult situations, so we wanted the worship team to see the clips before the service so they were prepared. That took a half an hour of our practice time, we started practicing, decided we needed an electric guitarist, called one, he came and then the amp was having problems. So our actual practice time ended up being only about 20 minutes or so. Last night was rough.

This morning we met a little earlier, but there were still a few hiccups in the service. That just goes to show you that practice is not an option, but a necessity. I can’t imagine doing that every weekend like some people do. I hope to never do it again. We didn’t have time to work transitions, so those were rough. We didn’t have time to work beginnings and endings, so those were rough. We didn’t have time to work dynamics, so there were very many dynamic changes. We didn’t have time to work arrangements, so we were all playing all the time.

It wasn’t nearly as bad as I’m describing it, because we also had a terrific team of skilled musicians who were able to go with the flow. But, we were so much below our potential for the weekend that I left feeling as though we had missed a great opportunity.

Each week, more lessons learned


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  1. Pete Wilson / Apr 6 2008 5:28 pm

    It’s cool to hear about how you’re growing David. Keep up the great work. I personally know that it’s a lot of work but worth every minute of it.

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