Sunday Recap at Rivers Crossing

Yesterday we kicked off our Marriage Series, titled We Want a New Marriage. We invested quite a bit into the marketing for this series, mainly because we believe (and the statistics show) that marriages are failing all around us, but that it doesnt have to be this way. One of our strategies was to make it known to all people that if they attended all 5 weeks of this series, they would receive a free date night on us. A nice restaurant and free childcare, just for coming to church for 5 weeks. Yes, this will cost money and will be an investment. However, it was very evident yesterday that people are hungry to know more about what God has to say about marriage (this series is not only for the married, but for the singles and the divorced as well).

We had record attendance at Rivers Crossing on Easter 2009. One week later, which was yesterday, we broke that record. We had over 100 first time guests with us at Rivers Crossing, with over 90% of them saying they would be back. This is incredible.

It was obvious from the get go yesterday that the enemy was going to try everything to distract us and to get under our skin. With volunteers being late and pushing us back on time a little, as well as our projector going out on us during run through along with several other little things that didnt go quite as planned. I can get really spiritual here and say that we just pressed on as if nothing happened, however, if you’ve ever been involved in church planting you know that this is not the norm way of responding when these situations come up haha. As must as we want it to be, when we are pressed against time and everything is going wrong, its natural to get stressed and tense. But I say all that to say this…the enemy tried, the enemy failed horribly yesterday. Despite distractions and technical difficulties, the Lord still showed up in Power and began a work in people’s lives.

I personally believe that during this series not only are we going to see record attendance (which, by the way, number DO matter to God), but more importantly we are going to see more people saved and baptized than ever before at Rivers Crossing. All of this for the Glory of God. Amen?

Set List
Better than I know – David Walker
Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall
Everlasting God – Brown
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Your Love Never Fails – Jesus Culture Music

Incredible day

Today was incredible. One of the best services I’ve been a part of. And from the sound of all my friends on twitter and facebook (status updates), churches all over the country saw the Lord move. Great stuff for sure. The same was true for Rivers Crossing today. We had a record crowd, about 500 peeps which is great for a 1 1/2 old church as well as several people raise their hands to receive Christ. But we arent satisfied or contempt. Thousand in our area still need Jesus, and we will not compromise the vision that the Lord has given us for anything or anyone. I pray that we will stay focused, and thats my prayer for you too (the 3 of you that read my blog haha).

One powerful element for me today was before the service even started. To be able to have communion with our band was just an amazing thing. We prayed, took communion, and worshipped.

Setlist for 4/12 – Obviously these werent all together, but rather played throughout our service, even some during communion.
Happy Day – Hughes
All Because of Jesus – Fee
Lead Me to the Cross – Hillsong United
Jesus Paid it All – Umm…
Taste and See – Brian/Jenn Johnson
True Love – Phil Wickham

Bracketology

So, one hour before the NCAA tourney started several weeks ago, me and a couple other guys in our office decided to fill out a bracket. Winner gets free Chipotle. Loser pays for that meal.

We entered into the Catalyst bracket. Pretty cool. I dont even know how many people were in this bracket, maybe 1000 or so. Our very own Jos Hall, tech director at Rivers Crossing, came in 10th place out of everyone. Pretty good for someone who just filled his bracket out oh a whim.

Congrats Jos. Cant wait to go to Chipotle on Thursday.

Setlist 4/5/09 at Rivers Crossing

Today we had more music than normal, which was cool. We even had the chance to strip it down to just acoustic guitar and vocals for a couple songs which was a great change of pace.

All Because of Jesus – Fee
Let God Arise – Tomlin
Taste and See – Brian and Jenn Johnson

Happy Day – Hughes
Beautiful Jesus – Stanfill
Glory to God – Fee and Beeching