Today was a beautiful Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent. Everything in Kansas City is dusted with snow, yet the temperature is not too cold. Perfect.
We didn't think we would be at our church today but it worked out for us to go to the 11:00 AM service. The Sanctuary was beautifully decorated with large light brown scrims. Lights illuminated the figures of trees behind the screen with leaves attached moving with the air currents. The Altar devoid of the Eucharist Elements because of Advent was also beautiful, although Vicki and I lamented how difficult, truly sad it is to not partake of the Sacrament during Advent.
Ahhh, the music was not of this world. Many weeks I wonder how Mike Crawford or Micah Thomas could possibly put together a better group of musicians than what they assembled that particular night. Today, well it was a collection of musicians and songs that was truly transcendent.
Mike was relaxed, caught up in the moment - glorifying God. Susanne Wessel was on the violin, Ian Davidson on Acoustic Guitar, Lori Chaffer on Piano and Vocals, Jeff Larison on the Steel Guitar, Kendon Powell on Percussion, and Roger Strong on the Stand-up Bass, an amazing collection of musicians. The songs O Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and others were focused on our preparation, desire and longing for Christ Jesus to Come - our focus during the season of Advent.
Many of the musicians I have been bragging about are featured on the recently released Jacob's Well Double CD Worship Project called Mike Crawford and his Secret Siblings Present Songs from Jacob's Well. Everything about this project from the art, to the musicians, to the music, to the production is real culture making, not wanna be imitation. I can say this because I'm nowhere to be found on this project. I'm telling you, this is incredible art. If you get this project you will call me Blessed.