A lot of cool things happened during worship.
We worshipped outdoors for the first time in our new home.
We hosted another band (the Soulbacks) who melded with us during worship.
In Pastor Richard's absence (he was on vacation) we had the privilege of hearing Tim Whelan speak.
A church member received a call from a friend who was golfing across the road asking if we could turn the music up.
We explored a new worship element; the improvised responsive singing of scripture.
We enjoyed a fantastic meal together (thank you Greg and Sandy Lewis for providing the pork and turkey)
We learned some important lessons to help our next outdoor event be even better.
These are all cool things, and I want to share a couple extras that moved me personally:
There is no sound more beautiful to me than human voices joined together in song.
One of my favorite things to occur when we worship together is when we - the worship leaders - have moments of equilibrium with those we are leading. Moments where it's no longer clear who's leading whom. That happened yesterday during our responsive singing of Philippians 2. I was overcome. I still am!
A close second in the sound category occurred toward the end of the potluck. I was preparing to enter the kitchen and could hear chatting and genuine joyful laughter. I paused and just listened for a moment. Not in a creepy eavesdroppy way, I couldn't even tell you what was being talked about.