For a long time I have had this lofty goal to create a website of resources for worship leaders. Taking the lead from my daughter Bethany btmusic.tumblr.com I’ve decided to start a blog for the short term. I’ll be posting hymn arrangements, psalm settings and random thoughts on Christian worship and church music in the months to come.
I’ve been a church musician/worship leader for over 25 years, with time served in both Assemblies of God (pentecostal) churches and most recently (8 years) with Third Presbyterian Church in Richmond, VA.
Lately I am reading a fascinating book called “The Log of a Cowboy” by Andy Adams. Written over 100 years ago by a retired trail hand, this book is treasured for it’s authenticity. The task of leading a few thousand head of cattle up-country is accentuated by challenges both mundane and overwhelming.
It occurs to me that my journey through life and ministry has been the similar to the cattle drive. Dry spells, wet seasons, mountain tops and valleys, successes and failures. Leading God’s people can be maddening at times, not unlike leading cattle. I heard missionary Mark Rutland speak to a group of pastors. He was recounting what he’d experienced upon becoming a pastor after many years of missionary work: “One thing I’ve learned … sheep bite”.
Through the years two truths become ever more clear: I am deeply flawed but God’s grace is sufficient.