Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Strange Feeling of Wrapping Things Up

I've had a pretty eerie feeling most of this last week.  In a short time, I'll be jumping into a new ministry venture after 8 years as a professional worship minister.  God has been calling me to this new thing for a while now, and now that I've answered the call I am indeed excited.

But this feeling creeping up on me the last few days is the feeling of wrapping things up here.  And it is very strange, indeed.

I've been blessed at my last two churches to lead both traditional and contemporary styles on any given Sunday morning.  It's been a blast.  And as I come to the end of this leg of my ministry journey it's kind of odd to know what some of my "lasts" will be.

The last praise and worship song I'll sing (for the time being)?  It will be tomorrow morning - "White Flag" by Chris Tomlin, just before we have the whole congregation process with their palm branches.  It's an epic song that I LOVE to lead.  It's been a kind of theme song for the season of Lent with my faith family - a song of surrender.

But it gets better - the last anthem I'll conduct?  The same anthem that concludes many of our worship services on Easter Sunday - "Hallelujah" from Handel's Messiah.

Hallelujah.  That's the way to go.  I feel so blessed.