- Lay Me Down
- It is Well (Todd Fields version)
- Mighty to Save
through our rehearsal, sound checks, and full-tech run-through it was all getting me pretty excited to experience with our people at Rocky. As the first service began, I could sense that people were ready to sing and honor God…one of those great Sundays when it feels like everyone is on the same page. I introduced “It is Well” and began to sing…Verse 1, Chorus, Verse 2…and then…
the sound of lights clicking off…drums playing alone…and automatic release doors slamming in the back of the room.
The power had failed and the room was daaaaaaarrrrrrrrk. I paused for a second and my brain tried to register what to do next. I pulled out my in-ears and searched the room for someone to tell me what to do next.
And then, about 600 people provided the answer…by singing “It is Well”. In fact, I’m pretty sure they never stopped. They reminded me that the singing shouldn’t stop when the music does.
So…we sang…in the dark…without instruments. It was powerful.
After we finished the song, Ryan Rassmussen hopped on stage and said, “Well, I guess we should just dive in, huh?” He taught for the first 5 minutes in the dark, lifting his voice to reach those in the back of the room. Within a few minutes, our amazing staff worked on the electricity in the building and brought us all back online to finish our service. There are times when what we plan goes off without a hitch, and those moments are great. Especially when they have been planned with skill, experience, and prayer. However, there are times when something completely unexpected happens; perhaps something that even scares us, that has the potential to be even better. When this happened to me on Sunday, there was a moment that I didn’t know what to do. It wasn’t my expertise that allowed us to continue. It was the heart of the people in our church that sung, “whatever my lot, you have taught me to say, “It is well, it is well with my soul.”
As we face today and tomorrow, lets be ok with rolling with whatever may happen. Even more important, lets be ready to rely on those around us remind us of what is truly important.