Back in the spring, – an appropriate time to start something different, in the season of birth – the 1Body team as you would see it now was formed; a group of friends who all share the vision in which 1Bodyof Christ joined forces, strengths and talents, and got to work on planning the summer installment of the 1Body Worship Night. We decided on a theme, organized a band, worked on developing artistic elements in which to promote the night, as well as to incorporate into the service. Big ideas were being born. A theme verse chosen; a band agreed upon; talks of a video, an elaborate art installation, etc., all to be executed outside on the church lawn to help promote the theme, “being rooted and established in love”. The creative juices flowed freely. There was just one thing we forgot to do: seek God. Do not misunderstand me, everything we did, we did with in the service of and with love for God, however, we did not take time as a team to worship and pray together, and to commit our collective efforts and work to God; this important element of the preparation process was overlooked. With the rain forcing us to quickly relocate indoors causing us to lose a lot of our planned atmospheric additions and our collective picture of what the night would look and sound like, it was hard for us to understand why the day didn’t go off quite the way we had hoped and what God was saying. We didn’t know what He was saying because we hadn’t stopped to ask the weeks and months prior. Realizing where we had dropped the ball was a hard reality to face, to be sure. Before I go on I should add that the July worship night went well, better than what we could have accomplished without the grace of God, who sees our hearts that are devoted to Him and His service; we and those who attended were encouraged and met with a brighter illumination of our great God. That said, we set to debrief and discussed honestly what we did well and what we did not, and only when that was complete we went to work on planning the fall installment.
Knowing what we had missed the months previous was where we began; we started with a meeting entirely devoted to worshiping God, praying together and posturing ourselves to hear what God would say. What ended up coming out of this time was the theme for the October night; one verse that came out of reading Scripture together that resonated with each of us at the time, Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God”. The vision for the upcoming night is one of stillness, of meditating on who God is, of placing our faith in His faithfulness. An easy concept it seems, but the execution is something to spend our lives becoming better at. This upcoming 1Body is about sitting, breathing deep, opening our eyes to what is around us and, no matter what we see, we place our faith in God and believe that He is who He said He is – the great I Am.
We look forward to seeing you there.