Good Monday morning! Half-way through August, almost to fall… almost to football, but the weather report says it's gonna be over 100 here on Saturday. Neat!
We opened yesterday with Glory to God.
After our call to worship we sang Hosanna, I Lift My Hands, O Love That Will Not Let Me Go, and He Knows My Name.
Our offering song was Give Me Faith.
We kicked off the fall season for worship choir last Wednesday - and now is a great time to get involved. We'll be kicking off Christmas music rehearsals on Wednesday September 10, but in the meantime, we're preparing to lead in worship THIS Sunday - August 24. Come join us!
We kicked off our fall lineup last night - with all of our Sunday evening activities resuming - Kids Choir at 4:30, Life Groups and Kids Quest at 5:30, along with Jr High and Sr High (5:30 and 7). Be sure and use this time to get plugged in and experience the community life that OMPC has to offer!
We opened yesterday with Glory to God - haven't done that tune in a while (about 4-5 years) but do enjoy it.
After our call to worship we sang Awesome is the Lord Most High, Holy, Holy Holy Holy, and Before the Throne of God Above.
Our offering song was Great I Am.
Choir kicks off on Wednesday - if you're interested in joining us, now is a great time to get plugged in. 6-7 on Wednesday nights in the choir room.
I love the TV show The Walking Dead. I don't know what it is about the show that fascinates me. It certainly isn't the gore and the violence, but the character development, and the lengths that they will go to in order to survive is fascinating. Sure the idea of a zombie apocalypse seems far-fetched, but that doesn't temper my fascination with the "what would life be like" scenarios.
But as far-fetched as the idea seems, the reality is we're turning into a society of zombies, controlled by our iPhones. I've had this nagging angst over the past few months - I've been unable to escape the idea of the level of control we've given over to technology. The amount of our social dynamic that we've mortgaged to our handheld devices is astounding, and it's only growing exponentially worse.
There are a handful of articles and videos that have started to address this plague - and it IS a plague. There's this article that my friend Scotty Smith posted last week, from the Desiring God website. The key statement - we feel like if we're not obsessively scrolling through Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, we're going to miss out. My only regret in the article was that I read it through my Facebook browser.
How about this article - where we are actually CALLED iPhone zombies...
There's this video that is one of the most convicting pieces I've watched in a long time….
Then there's this…
and finally, this…
We're becoming a society obsessed with "everything else" instead of being fully present in whatever we're doing. As has been written many times before - we create fictional versions of our lives in order to gain validation and affirmation, instead of seeking after the only one that can offer both. We've elevated tweets and status updates to the level of heightened debate that we used to reserve for only the highest-level thinkers.
I went last year with my wife on one of the best vacations we've ever taken. Part of why the vacation was so great was that we actually completely disconnected from everything else - social media, work, email, phone… Our destination was one of the most exquisite places we've ever been. We spent a week in what we could easily call "paradise." But we started to notice a disturbing trend. We were watching couples sit at their dinner tables in silence. They had nothing to talk about. There were honeymooners there that were incapable of talking - so they'd pull out their phones and engage with "anything else…"
I was on my Alma Mater's campus around the first of December last year for a convocation. I was taken aback as I watched class dismiss - and the first thing everyone did in the room was take out their phones. How do these kids create relationships that exist in real life?
I'm struck at how many times I'll see folks out at dinner on a Friday night, obsessed with "anything else" that might be happening on their phones. What is happening to us? Are we really becoming this zombified?
I want more. I want more for my kids. I want them to grow up learning about the world that really exists, and not what we have put online… and I have to be willing to model that.
So, like I've done with most things in my life - I'm going cold turkey, trying to wean myself away from the zombie-esque nature of the smartphone, and the influence it has in taking me away from actual, real life. If it means missing out, i'm ready to miss out. The irony is - as we try not to miss out, we're missing out on what's actually going on. If it means not being up on the latest controversial statement from a Facebook friend that got 145 likes, then I'm ready. I THINK though, that it'll mean being more present in my actual relationships, marriage, and parenting. I THINK that it'll allow me to fully experience here, and now, instead of "anything else…"
Can you believe it's already August? Our kids start school back this Thursday. The summer has flown by, and with that comes the launch of all our fall activities. If you missed our video announcements yesterday, then you missed most of our pastors talking about some of the upcoming ministry opportunities here at Oak Mountain. Be sure and check out our vimeo page for a replay!
We opened with Relentless.
After our call to worship we sang Everlasting God, Lord I Need You, and It Is Well.
Our offering song was Beautiful Things.
Join us in just a week and a half for the resuming of worship choir, downstairs in the choir room on Wednesday nights from 6-7.
Bullfrog choir was awesome. I love the picture of a stage full of men, leading our congregation in worship, and the sound is unbelievable. Thanks to all who participated. Already looking forward to next year's July 26th date for our 12th Annual Bullfrog Choir.
We opened yesterday with I Am Free, along with an air guitar solo from Mark Gell.
After our call to worship we sang Your Grace is Enough, The Solid Rock, 10,000 Reasons, and How Deep the Father's Love for Us.
Our offering song was You Never Let Go - which led nicely into the first of a two-part series from Bob on the book of Job.
I loved the way Robbie Hinton opened our 10:45 service yesterday - reminding us that we LONG for so much, and so often the harried nature of our summer vacations represent just that - trying to achieve shalom through the perfect vacation, and of course posting pictures online. How is God trying to recapture your attention to stare at his gaze?
We opened yesterday with Famous One.
After our call to worship we sang Beautiful One, The Stand, Holy (by Matt Redman), and Fairest Lord Jesus.
Our offering song was a tune that I just love from Brenton Brown called Adoration.
GUYS! Join us this Sunday for our 11th Annual Bullfrog Choir. We'll have a brief run-through at 10AM - and then lead worship for the 10:45 service.
Only two more weeks until our 11th Annual Bullfrog Choir! Guys - come join us as ALL the guys in the church are welcome and encouraged to lead worship. We'll have a brief run-through right before the service starts, and all the songs will be very familiar to you. Bring your boys too! That's Sunday - July 27th for our 10:45 service.
We opened yesterday with Here For You.
After our call to worship we sang Joyful, Search Me, We Will Run, and Amazing Grace (Chains are Gone).
Our offering song was Relentless.