I want to thank you for your humble leadership. It really sets the tone for all of us, knowing that your desire is to come as close to perfection as possible in our music, only so that we can give all the glory to Him who is worthy. Thank you for the frequent reminders. We need them.
I was immensely blessed by our orchestra in particular, and had to remind myself never to take this for granted: The fact that we are able to praise God publicly without any kind of persecution, the fact that our platform is bursting with talented musicians, the fact that we are led with such grace and humility, and really the fact that we are even able to utter His holy name with unclean lips... all of it is lavish Grace. The privilege and opportunity to do this every week is something that I never want to get used to.
I don't want to take it lightly and I also want to remember that it brings great responsibility. I don't want to be careless with it, but instead I want it to remain at the forefront of my mind, in everything I choose to do (or not to do). We are in a position of great influence, both in our local community and around the world. That's scary and exciting, and most of all, humbling. My sincerest prayer is that each time I walk up those stairs to the platform or loft, I would be worshiping Him in spirit and in truth; that my thoughts and words and actions throughout the week would have reflected the Truth that I am boldly singing about on Sunday. You remind us of these things often, and we are thankful for that...
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:1-3