Worship

For some, Christmas is NOT the “most wonderful time of the year.” If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, the long-awaited return of a son or daughter, the trauma of job loss or divorce or any number of significant transitions in life, sometimes the Christmas season may serve only to intensify your pain and deepen your sadness. What do you do when there are lights and carols all around you, but you simply have no emotional strength to deck your own halls with boughs of holly? Do this. Come to Johns Creek Baptist Church. On Wednesday evening, November 29th at 6:00...

My heart is still overflowing with joy as I think about worship this past weekend. As one unified body, we gathered to marvel at God’s grace, and consecrated our Family Life Center once more as a sacred space devoted to worship. There were countless moments on that special day this pastor will treasure always. Watching the reaction of our people at the beauty of our renovated spaces. The momentum of the worshipful procession of an entire Body, determined. The raw power of voices lifted in song. Beginning with Amazing Grace. “…when we’ve been there 10,000 years…” Ending with 10,000 Reasons. “…10,000 years...

At our Pastoral Staff Retreat back in January, something significant dawned on us. In preparation for our multi-venue worship expansion, we reflected upon how the space for the contemporary worship venue is the same space where JCBC worshipped for a number of years prior to the construction of the sanctuary. During that phase in our congregational life, there was no question that it was holy and sacred ground, because of what transpired in that room from week to week. Since the construction of the sanctuary, however, that space has primarily been known as “the gym.” Not untrue. It certainly has (and will continue...

On June 25th, our Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra led us in Celebrate America!  It was a time to both celebrate our great nation and to worship our great Savior.  We remembered and honored those who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces. We are a free country because of the sacrifice these men and women have made. We also honored the vast volunteer force in our country…those who serve, with no expectation of reward, in so many areas of our culture:  hospitals, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, children’s sports leagues, taking care of the elderly, teaching Sunday School and...

You know how to show up. You just do. More than two years ago, (in January of 2015) when I called us together for our first State of the Church Address, to consider what God may be “up to” in us and among us as a church…you showed up. When it became clear that having multiple worship options was emerging as real interest among our people, and we needed trusted leaders to serve on a worship study focus group…you showed up. In January of 2016, when we invited the entire congregation into a season of discernment and conversation through the JCBC Worship Dialogues…you showed...

This past Sunday, we celebrated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem that marked the beginning of the week of His Passion….Holy Week.  Luke tells the story this way: When He came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:  “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”; “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”  Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, order your disciples to stop.”  He answered, “I...

Tonight, we host one of the most meaningful worship services of the year at JCBC. It is our Ash Wednesday service. Tonight, we join millions of Christians around the world choosing to enter into a deliberate season of spiritual examination, as we journey steadily toward the highest point on our Christian calendar: Easter Sunday. In last week’s blog, I shared a bit of the history and purpose behind this season, known as Lent, and the unique service which ushers it in. Take a moment to read about it here. Tonight, here is what you can expect. 5:45 p.m. Pre worship music begins. We welcome guest...

Words fall short. There really is no way to adequately articulate the full measure of emotion I experienced this past weekend, at both presentations of Christmas at Johns Creek. On one level, I was worshipfully transported to other worlds. Apparently, I am not alone. One of the most sincere encounters I had was with a guest immediately after Sunday’s performance. She was my elder by many years, perhaps in her late 80’s or older. When Glenn dismissed the crowd, she remained. Steadying herself by the pew back before her, she simply stood. Weeping. I moved toward her, and she (slowly) toward me. Reaching out,...

For some, Christmas is NOT the “most wonderful time of the year.” If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one, the long-awaited return of a son or daughter, the trauma of job loss or divorce or any number of significant transitions in life, sometimes the Christmas season may serve only to intensify your pain and deepen your sadness. What do you do when there are lights and carols all around you, but you simply have no emotional strength to deck your own halls with boughs of holly? Do this. Come to Johns Creek Baptist Church. Tonight, on Wednesday, November 30th at 6:00...