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For real this time…

I am going to start blogging regularly. I want to get to know people. I want people to get to know me. I want to share what’s going on in my life and I want to know what going on in the lives of the people I meet along the way. We can learn amazing things from other people because we all have unique experiences and stories. We can apply things we learn and in the end we all help each other. Basically, we’re all on the same team. So keep checking back and keep in touch.

***Specifically, my wife and I will be traveling to Ecuador with Compassion International next week. I’m going to be blogging about what we experience. That seems to be the easiest way to keep everybody up-to-date at the same time. I’ll be posting pictures, videos, and stories…and though Emily and I will be there, I hope it can be a trip that others can experience through us.

The official Top Ten Late Night Thoughts of an Insomniac Worship Leader During Easter Week

So as you would expect, the two busiest weeks of the year for church staff (especially worship guys) are the week prior to Christmas Eve and Easter week. This year we added a Easter Saturday night service to try to clear out space for the CE visitors who will undoubtedly come to the 11:15 service on Sunday morning. Did Jesus really rise after 2.5 days? No, but whatever. We can celebrate on Easter Saturday just like we should celebrate His aliveness every day. So it’s 2:30am. I’m leading a service tomorrow night, Friday night, Saturday night, and 3 on Sunday. So here are the Top Ten Late Night Thoughts of an Insomniac Worship Leader During Easter Week. (feel free to add your own)

10. Did I finish the creating the slides?

9. Should I save the real guilty-type songs for Good Friday or use them for the Communion service on Thursday?

8. I hope the drummer gets there on time…the last thing we need is a soundcheck running up to the service countdown.

7. Wait, are we singing Nothing But the Blood Thursday or Friday…I can’t remember. I think it’s Friday, no wait, it’s tomorrow. No it’s Friday, right before Lead Me to the Cross. Yep, Friday. Wait, is Lead Me to the Cross on Thursday or Friday?…

6. I wish I could stop thinking about all of these details that will work themselves out and focus on Christ.

5. Wait, did I finish creating the slides?

4. Maybe we should shift the song order so the powerful response song can become the powerful sermon set-up?

3. Are these song possible song order changes the Holy Spirit? or am I overthinking?

2. I wonder if other worship leaders have these same problems or if it’s just me.

1. I’m taking Monday off to make up for lost sleep!