[Note, this blog post is mainly for folks at The Chapel. Still, if you are in Baton Rouge and can make it this Wednesday then read on!]
It’s coming. This week. The Chapel’s Night of Worship is Wednesday, January 9th at 7 PM at our Oaks Location. We’ve already promoted it on Twitter, Facebook, and The City, but I wanted to take just a few minutes and give a personal invitation as a Worship Leader and discuss what it is and why you should come.
So first off, what is it?
The Night of Worship is going to be a gathering of members of the Chapel body from every location and venue to simply celebrate the gospel of Christ through prayer and song. All three of your regular worship leaders (Ken Drake, Drew Kearney, and myself) will be there leading our time along with a worship team comprised of members of Refuge Band and both the Campus & Oaks worship teams. Much of the music will also feature the Chapel Choir as well. We will also include an elder-led time of prayer.
Come expecting to sing hymns and songs you know well from Sunday morning as well as a few new tunes that we are excited about singing together as we lift high the Name of Jesus.
So why should you come?
The short answer? Jesus. He is worthy! The gospel is real, and this should fill our hearts with joy! Christ died for our sin and rose from the dead that we could be forgiven and have life if we believe in Him! This truth alone should motivate us to worship. It should break down barriers within us as individuals and amongst us as a community. As you may have noticed, as the Chapel begins 2013, we are already heavily emphasizing becoming a “3 Cs” church: a church that CELEBRATES Christs, CONNECTS with one another in community, and CONTRIBUTES to the works of the ministry.
What inspires us to celebrate more than the gospel? If we answer that question honestly, probably lots of things. The answer we should give is “nothing!” For many of us, this is something we believe in our hearts but not necessarily a reality we walk in daily. I know. I am with you. That is why it is so important for us to gather with other believers. When we are gathered in unity under the name of Christ, yielding to the Holy Spirit, something powerful happens. We begin to shine the light off of ourselves and onto the One who truly matters and this unites us together.
I don’t know about you, but as much as I love our Sunday services (and I really do), there is just not always enough time in a 20 minute worship set to do this, particularly if we have a lot of other things going on in the service that morning. That’s why we want to have an extended time free from other distractions to focus in together on the greatness of God and praise Him.
In a nutshell, yes. That is the primary reason for doing this. There is no ulterior motive or catch. We just want to sing to Jesus because he so good.
But I will say this: this a rare occasion where you will get to see all the Chapel Worship Leaders doing what they love in unity. Each of us has expressed how much we are looking forward to playing together. Sharing the burden of leadership also allows each of us to enjoy the time more as we get to step back and worship with you!
So I hope you will come if you are able. It should be a sweet time.