So, I’ve written before about not being so great at balancing ministry and family… about feeling conflicted. I’ve not quite conquered this issue.
Our family almost never drives to church together. In the 14 years I’ve been married to my husband, he and I have driven to our church in the same car probably 10 times. For the first 12 years, he was the youth pastor who arrived stinkin’ early to prep for whatever the day held in store. When we started our 8:30 worship service, I was the one going to church at the crack of dawn, and Neil (no longer on staff) would arrive with the kids at a normal, human hour. I’m no longer involved in the 8:30 service, and Neil often plays guitar in the later services, so theoretically, we can all go to church at the same time.
This Sunday was the first attempt at this awesome family plan.
It went great. We got out of the house on time, and everyone had the appropriate things with them. On the way to church my son says, “I think we should do more of this and less of going to church without mommy.” Isn’t that precious?
About 30 minutes later we’re all in the room where the worship team meets to reunite our memories with the details of the worship service. And I’m thinking, “Never, ever again.” Apparently, I’m unable to handle pancake-cutting requests and skirmishes over seating arrangements while trying to get my head around an impending set-up/sound check/worship service. There is not circuitry available for that functional duality. I had to ask my family for forgiveness later on account of my grouchiness.
Nevertheless, worship WAS offered by our church family on Sunday. These were the songs we sang together:
Sing to the King (Foote)
Unashamed Love (Ten Shekel Shirt)
You Never Let Go (Redman)
Jesus Paid it All (hymn arrangement by Passion)
It was a great thing to be with our church again. Our family has missed 3 of the past 5 Sundays, which is unprecedented in my time as a worship leader. We’ve had a great summer, learned a lot, and enjoyed spending time together.
Now, we enter the time of year when families find routine again and vacations are sparse. For the worship planning team, we’ll really begin finding our legs after our recent worship transition.
In other words, time to bring the ‘A’ game.