Monday, May 25, 2015

Domino Effect

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It's fascinating to stop and look at the dominos falling sometimes. Each one, properly positioned, impacts its immediate neighbor, which in turn impacts the next in the sequence, and so on down the line.

I was privy to something of the sort this past weekend. Short version:
  1. I was invited to play bass at Metro Community's worship service. I love visiting Metro; their work with the street community is legendary locally.
  2. at the Thursday night rehearsal for the musicians, worship leader Jeff asked me to look at the portable system he had borrowed from Willow Park Church for a Saturday wedding and help him set it up correctly.
  3. Friday morning: panicked call from Inn From The Cold, asking if I could arrange a sound system for their annual Push To End Homelessness event's morning kick-off
  4. you guessed it -- I immediately phoned Jeff, who immediately agreed to let me borrow his borrowed system, as long as I had it back in plenty of time for the wedding in the afternoon
  5. Saturday: after doing sound (and some minor emcee'ing) to start the Inn's event, I rushed back to deliver the sound system, and pick up my own bass gear to perform at the celebration BBQ downtown at the end of the Inn's event with Public House Band
Here's the thing: the only reason I had enough time to do both the sound/emcee at the start of the event and get downtown in time to perform was because Jeff loaned me his system.

And I only knew of the system's availability because Jeff needed a wee bit o' help with it. 

And none of this would have happened if I hadn't been invited to play bass at Metro on Sunday.
Domino effect, see? Almost as if God, in His infinite sense of humor and helpfulness, was somehow in the mix...

Sunday: after the worship time ended at Metro, there were a couple of things I noticed that really impacted me:
  1. During his sermon, as the community works through the book of Galatians, Tom made mention of where he gets a lot of his insights into his sermon prep -- pastors citing sources! Huzzah! -- and encouraged the congregation to make use of these online helps for their own study of Scripture.
  2. It was a combo of encouragement to do personal study, and a demonstration of an attitude of humility from a church leader. Tom wasn't trying to impress; he was sharing what he was learning in his own journey.
  3. What was even more meaningful was the attitude in which Tom preached (and everyone else I've ever heard speaking during a service at Metro, for that matter): they never, ever "talk down" to the street community that gathers there. They honor their guests by teaching them as exegetically and creatively as any other church in town would with their own congregations.
  4. This is one of the most powerful "living lessons" that Metro provides for the greater Christian community here: their work is not done "for" the street community, but "among". And the respect they show, even in how they teach the Bible, communicates loud and clear their value for each person attending.
They have their own Domino Effect going. And you just know God is in the mix.

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