Worship

Earlier this month, we hosted another JCBC Night of Worship in our Family Life Center. It was a powerful night, focused on prayer and communion. Check out this video recap of that special night. In reflecting on the power of prayer, I offered this definition: Simply put, prayer is becoming more fully present with the One who IS fully present with us. That’s it. Really. I mean don’t get me wrong, there have been countless ways to practice prayer throughout the ages. Indeed, one of my favorite writers and spiritual guides, Richard Foster, has written about many pathways to prayer in his book simply entitled, Prayer....

Thursday, May 3rd is the National Day of Prayer. For that reason, our second JCBC Night of Worship, which is scheduled for that evening at 7:00 p.m., will feature the theme of prayer and communion. Adam Courtney and the JCBC Worship Band will lead worshippers in powerful, soul-stirring music, as we cry out to God with the melody of our adoration and praise. In addition to lifting our voice in song, we will experience poignant times of guided prayer. Worshippers will have the opportunity to pray individually and corporately as a body of believers devoted to the love of Jesus Christ and the...

I have often said that it sometimes takes the soul some time to catch up with the body. We can show up in a physical space, and yet never really arrive. Being fully present takes time. Especially in worship. This is why our daily practices of prayer, silence, meditation, and scripture readings are vital. When we practice individual worship throughout the week, it readies the soul to enter the mystery and beauty of our shared worship gatherings on Sundays. Even when we do arrive on Sundays fully prepared to worship with heart and mind and voice, the clock is still ticking. It is not uncommon to...

The 20th Anniversary Celebration of Christmas at Johns Creek left me simply gobsmacked! Yes. Gobsmacked. gob·smackedˈɡäbˌsmakt/ adjective BRITISH informal -utterly astonished; astounded. My cup continues to overflow from the joy we shared this past weekend. With performances on Saturday and Sunday, our church hosted more than 3000 worshippers for the event.  It was an extraordinary night of worship and celebration. God was glorified, Christ was exalted, and hearts were filled. There were many highlights, to be sure. One such moment was the parade of baby Jesuses throughout the years. Seeing the cascade of ages and stages walk across the platform served as a poignant reminder...

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...