Music is central to our culture and lives. Most of us could name in a heartbeat a favorite song from our childhood or teen years. Whether you grew up with cd’s, vinyl albums or cassettes music was most likely a part of your life in a huge capacity. I can remember the first 45rpm single I bought at Kmart, “Cold As Ice” by the group Foreigner. And, my first 8 track? Amy Grant’s “My Father’s Eyes.” We jammed to that in my dad’s station wagon for hours picking out our favorite guitar riffs and thinking it was the coolest music ever. Maybe you have a favorite decade of music. I’m still stuck in the 80’s and can literally sing every lyric in a song from that time period that I was into. Blondie, Men At Work, Haircut 100, Michael Jackson and so much more. I love it all. It defined a time in my life that when I hear that genre of music memories flood my mind. Music is a powerful tool and as a church we believe in it, all forms or it and the artistry that creates it.
This past weekend we fulfilled a call for our church by hosting two very different concerts at our facility. On Sunday evening Ben Shirks from This Disco helped us host The Choir, a Christian rock band finding its roots back when Christian rock was just starting out. The house was packed to with fans that had traveled all the way from Canada to support their favorite group. Jeremiah’s was filled with people connecting and reliving their past memories together. It was a great night and gave us the vision for concerts like this for the future. Monday night was a totally different audience. A local favorite Tempe based band with roots in our 29:11 body called Papertowns hosted themselves and five other bands. Our little building was full of teenagers and young adults who came to hear their favorite group and of course, cranked up the volume. Brenda and I loved meeting so many new faces who were exposed to such a unique and different church culture. The best part of the night for me was when a parent of one of the band members pulled me aside to thank me for giving the students of Tempe a “safe place” to play their music. What kind of music? Whatever they want to play. Hosting artists and giving them a chance to share their art is what it’s all about. Both nights I was standing back at the sound board viewing both crowds and thanking God for even getting the chance to host these groups. All of it leading to our Saturday night Experience where 29:11worship leads us every weekend into the presence of God with original music brimming out of their hearts. Again, giving the artists a chance to share about what God is doing in our midst. All of it showing the immense creativity of God and originality of His love for every style of music created. I love being a part of a church that believes in building community and culture. In music and art. In students and leaders. All stemming from the heart of our God. Who is the author of music. From David’s harp to the Elvis’ guitar.
From the Heart…
Mark / Pastor / Christ Follower / Husband / Father / Friend