Take two!

Our 02-Dec setup/tear-down was a huge success, but you know what they say; practice makes perfect.  That's probably a bit overstated, but practice certainly does make better, and smoother, and faster, and that's what we got to see at our 2nd setup/tear-down this past weekend.

Almost from the moment we arrived, there was a growing sense of camaraderie among the team members.  Although it was only our second crack at it, there was a sense of familiarity with the facility, the staff, and the stuff, that certainly wasn't as prevalent the week before, having only done mock setup/tear-downs at Florence prior to that.  All in all, everything was setup and ready to go in less than half the time it took us the week before.  I like those numbers!  {;-)

As we've read and spoken to different Theater Church gurus, we've all been encouraged to expect the unexpected almost each and every week; some piece of equipment that worked perfectly last Sunday catches the bird flu between then and now; a computer that was lightning fast the last time we use it comes down with SARS of computer viruses.  These things just tend to happen.  This week, we had some sound issues.  I'm sure one week it'll be child check-in, or a jammed cabinet door, or a noxious smell in the room from that was left by a moviegoer the night before.  I know it's only been two weeks, but I've been encouraged with how our team has faced these challenges head-on, worked well with each other, helped each other stay on task until ultimately the problem has been solved.  While we've encountered some bumps in the road, we've gotten to where we've needed to be each week, and it goes better each time.

To some, many of us have "missed worship" these past two weekends.  In one sense, that is true.  We've not been in a worship service in two weeks, but I've enjoyed worshiping in our service with the team that God has assembled.  I don't know the heart and mind of every team member (I hardly trust myself to know my own - Jer. 17:9).  Nonetheless, it's been great to see everyone serving together, working hard, and doing so as unto the Lord with a joyful and grateful disposition.  We look forward to the day that the end of our setup will not be far away from the beginning of a corporate worship service (and that day will be here before we know it).  Until then, we continue to remember the words of Col. 3:23-24 as we serve the Lord and each other in our work:

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ."
~ Colossians 3:23-24

All this makes for one grateful, excited and encouraged Campus Pastor.

Thanks for checking in and praying...and don't you dare stop!

Love,

Pastor Peter
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