2. I learned that…Starting another worship service generates the unexpected.
The unexpected, while against some Presbyterian sensibilities, can be a gift.
I didn’t expect, for example, that there would be tonnes of musicians in and around the congregation who had so many gifts. Guitarist. Pianists. And yes, drummers! (One started at age 13, and is simply amazing.)
I didn’t expect there were people who wanted to and had gifts to organize, lead, learn and choose worship songs and hymns.
I didn’t expect two senior women from the other service to agree to lead a kids’ program during the one we started.
I didn’t expect someone who had started attending to come into the church one Tuesday morning and say, Greg, ‘I’d like to organize a lunch once a month after the new service this year, and I’ll provide it.’ Wow. Not expected.
I didn’t expect how much I would enjoy having two totally different kinds of music at the same church. One of the (now 4) worship band leaders asked me to play bass guitar in their band. Now I get to do it once a month. And I look forward to it. When I shipped my black Geneva gown from Ottawa to this church, I didn’t expect that!
I didn’t expect how many new leaders in the church would come from the new worship service. Elders, board members, children’s faith program leaders, prayer group members, committee workers, ministry partners, youth, children who invite their friends into the church.
I also didn’t expect how many people would come, and stay, and want to grow together.