So, I’m a little too busy to be posting. I have 6 (maybe 7) services to prepare and 5 more work days in which to get it done. At the same time, our army of volunteer musicians is getting depleted by the shear number of roles that have to be played in all these celebrations. We’re having fun, but sometimes you need a break from fun to hang with your family and use your vacation time for vacationing.
Is it too much? I ask myself the question every Christmas. Why do we have parties, concerts, worship services, programs, and more all December long? Can’t we just be at home, sipping egg nog and watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
Of course, as disciples of Jesus, it’s kind of a big deal to celebrate his birthday. Not only that, but it’s also a celebration of how, through Jesus, we have become one family, a royal priesthood offering acceptable sacrifices of worship. When I think of it that way, it seems more like we should plan a few more celebrations, eat a few more cookies, and dance together with our whole family in Christ. Individualistic American culture has put the emphasis on the exalted ME, and what “the ME” wants “the Me” gets (read that in a Cookie Monster voice for better effect). The influence of this cultural value on my heart makes it so hard to get into the idea of celebrating so much. As a leader of musicians, I need to have the freedom in the Spirit to set aside the both my personal agenda, and set aside the pull to be a kind of mall-Santa of worship services whose job it is to fulfill all the selfish desires of all the selfish ME’s in the church. That’s what makes my job exhausting at this time of year, not the celebrations.
Our concert is on Saturday night at 6:30. It’s going to involve close to 50 people. Each person in the concert is working together to come before the Lord in worship and to invite the congregation to come and behold him, too. May our worship in celebration of Christmas over the next two weeks, be an expression of our individual joy and our corporate joy as well.