…And All Through the House…
It’s Christmas Eve and Tasha and I are sitting on the couch finishing our monthly newsletter. Actually, starting our newsletter. (Fun) At least we get to do it together. The kids are actually sleeping. I think we wore them out. We just rolled in from a great night of leading worship and looking at Christmas lights with the kids. Great combo … consecutively. (Probably not a great combo simultaneously though.)
The weekend was awesome. On Sunday, we ministered at Hampstead Baptist Church in Hampstead, Maryland where my good friend Chris Brammer is pastor. Chris and my Dad were best friends in seminary. And now, 28 years later, I’m leading worship in Chris’ church having been best friends with Chris’ oldest son, Ben, all my life. Pretty cool. Sunday night, Chris generously gave us the whole service to lead in worship, share from the Word and share a little bit about our ministry efforts in Uganda, Africa with Rick Via Ministries. We ended up leading a small worship concert of 8 tunes with my beautiful wife (of course) and our friend Micah Brown from Roanoke, VA on keys and drums. Thanks again, Chris.
Tonight, we led worship for Southbrook Church Monroe campus at 3:30 and 5:30. We had a stellar band: Zack Griffin on lead guitar, Brett Banks on upright bass, Andy Bradberry on drums and Tasha on piccolo. (hehe… you know better than that!)
It was a great night. This was the grand opening of their new facility in Monroe just off of Skyway drive in the Monroe Plaza. The band of volunteers have been working tirelessly to get the building open in time and get all of the permits that are necessary. And they did more than just pull it off. They knocked it out of the park. It was awesome. Geoffrey Janes brought the Word and did a fantastic job. Check out the pics.
1. The First Noel – instrumental J & T version
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Mercy Me version
3. Hallelujah(Light Has Come) – Barlow Girl
4. Immanuel – J & T
5. O Come, O Come Emmanuel – J & T (with input from the rest of the band) version
6. Joy to the World – J & T version