This is one of those times when I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Some major changes are taking place with our Contemporary Service. People who have been instrumental in forming and supporting the service are leaving the church. Our Praise Band has shrunk to three brave souls. The congregation is beginning to panic. Some are beginning to wonder if maybe the Contemporary Service has run it's course. I have had my moments of panic myself.
But then yesterday I gathered with five faithful and dedicated folks, some of whom came to faith in Christ through the Contemporary Service, who are not ready to throw in the towel just yet. We talked for an hour and a half about our hopes and dreams for Contemporary Worship. We came to a consensus that it cannot continue as it is, which is, I believe, speaking the truth in love. Yet there was a very definite sense that the Spirit was leading us to try a "new thing."
There is still grief over the departure of our fellow church members, the loss of a dream that began six-plus years ago, and the loss of what is and what could have been. But there is also hope and excitement and vision. How exciting is that? Sometimes tears come with laughter, thanks be to God!