What a packed weekend that was, not to mention how incredible it turned out to be in the end. I don’t think I have felt so full & content in ages. It started on the Saturday. I got up nice and early at the ripe time of 11 am to go practice with the amazing Chris Hearty. He is a friend of mine that played for the first time in church this weekend. He plays the electric guitar and he is only 14, he is deadly at it too.
We got the practice in and we prepared ourselves for the next day, I could already feel the spirit flowing. After practice I headed off to collect my friend Andy Hamilton, we both made a “potato wedges bake” and a “lasagna” for the Re:c dinner that was happening after church on Sunday. We spent a a good hour on them both. Time well spent if you ask me, we had to impress the folks the next day.
Later that night we met up with my friend Jack Delany and we headed to Awaken. Awaken is a night that happens once every 6 weeks for students across Ireland. It was incredible, the worship and teaching was powerful. During a song called “You’re beautiful” by Phil Wickham God really started to speak to me… It’s such a simple and easy song but its so challenging, something changed in me as I was singing it. I have been singing it for years, but there was something God was doing in me that was different on Saturday night. I have always found it hard to put into words who Jesus is and what he is to me, well more so when I’m talking to someone who doesn’t know him. I love writing music and songs about Jesus but speaking is different. I nearly expect people to know how I feel when I am talking about Jesus. It really is very hard for me to put into words.
I believe God captured me in a different way on Saturday night, the same way Stephen the apostle was captured and Moses and David and Paul… I have always know the beauty of Jesus personally, I have a very deep relationship with him, he guides my life. Yet I have learned and been shown by God that that doesn’t always relate easily to others. How can they know the depths of my thoughts or my heart.
This all flowed into Sunday morning, I couldn’t wait to lead worship. I was really nervous, I always get nervous. We were playing a new song for our church called “Come away” by Jesus Culture and the new boy Chris (14) was gonna be leading in with the electric guitar, so tension was high for me. Plus above all I really wanted people to be able to engage. The second song into the set, right at the build out of the bridge (the song was “Forever Reign” by Hillsong) my guitar string broke… Nightmare! yet I didn’t feel stress or panic. I looped the bridge again and kinda brought it to a place where we sang without instruments. My friend jumped up and re-strung my guitar, it also gave my time to give testimony of what had happened the night before hand with myself and God and I explained to the church were how God had recaptured my heart in a new way. I love bringing the church on the journey I am on with God. I find its really important to be honest as a leader (there is a time and a place of course). We then went into “Come Away” and Chris nailed the intro and then the whole song, he was truly amazing and I thank God for him. He give’s me hope and strength cause I see how God can use anyone, at any age. It was great and the church were in full engagement with God and his spirit.
To finish the day off, our young adult group Re:c went out to Kildare to have some amazing dinner and desert and the community was great, I managed to score a beautiful header in a game of Football
All in all, God moved in power this weekend and showed me once again how beautiful he is. I’m still convinced the guitar string broke for a reason. It’s the third time it’s happened to me in worship and God has moved powerfully everything it happened… I’ll have to ask him one day when I meet him.