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Andy Allen —  April 9, 2010 — 3 Comments

“What makes the better story?  Do that!”

This little quote/motto has kind of become a life precept for me and a silly way that I get my kids and friends to do stupid things.  When faced with even the most mundane situation, I’ll jokingly ask the question while basically implying that we should choose the unconventional and crazy in place of predictable and expected.  You never call your friends to say “Dude, I just made a very rational decision.”  Nope.  You always call your friends and say “You’ll never believe what I just did?” and then hopefully laugh together as you tell some ridiculous story.

Then there are the other times.  The choices we get to make (and some that get made for us) that have huge implications and massive impact in your life.  The part of our story where one chapter ends….the page gets turned….there’s a big bold number at the top of the next page….and the new chapter begins.  Many times this is when faith gets written into our story.

This week marks one chapter closing and another beginning for me and my family.  This was my last week as the Worship Director for Living Streams Church.  Easter was the last weekend that I would serve in that role and now we are looking to God for the “what’s next?”  After many months of dialoging, evaluating, praying and wrestling to discover where the journey is leading, it’s clear to us and the church leadership that now is the time for a shift.  Changes like this are always tough because of friendships and relationships.  Changes like this can also be beautiful because God’s plan for us opens up and we get to chase after His calling on our lives.

We have no doubt that God brought us to Phoenix to serve at Living Streams Church for a very specific purpose and season.  We love the people and staff at this church.  We are so grateful for the life-long friendships we have established here, we are better people because of it.  We also believe God has something exciting and new for us and for this church as we transition forward.

So now, the “what’s next?”  I get to ask my question….what makes the better story? We’re gonna do that!

We’re going to make sure our story is one of faith.  We’re going to watch and listen as God opens and closes doors in front of us.  We’re excited and scared…full of anticipation and wrestling with self-doubts…believing truth and questioning the status quo…and somehow in all of it, we’re uncomfortably comfortable waiting.  We get to teach our kids to trust in God and His plan for our lives as we engage on this adventure together.  We get to live the story of God right now.

Bring It On!

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Easter in the church world is a pretty big deal.  Lot’s to do and plan for because there are so many people who visit church on this weekend.  It’s kind of a cool opportunity to connect with the people who might only check out a church once or twice a year.  Ultimately it’s a big deal not just because people tend to show up, but because they might be more open to spiritual things and we can introduce them to Jesus.  That’s what motivates me!

We had a Good Friday service to set aside some time to remember and reflect on what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross.  Some worship, communion and an illustrated sermon by our ministry team…pretty sweet.

Good Friday set list:

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)
The Wonderful Cross (Matt Redman)
The Old Rugged Cross (Traditional Hymn)
Once Again
(Matt Redman)

Saturday was pretty crazy.  I sang in a wedding at the church right before the evening rehearsal and service.  We had to quickly turn the stage and reset to rehearse the band and have service.  Sunday we had a “Sunrise Service” in the courtyard outside which added to the work for our tech team.  It’s funny to me that we call it a sunrise service because the sun has actually been up for almost 2 hours….tradition (insert Fiddler On The Roof tune here.)  Our two main services were packed out and went great.  I love the energy that happens in services on Easter.

Here is the set from our main Easter services:

My Savior Lives (New Life Worship)
Savior (New Life Worship)
Nothing But The Blood (Traditional Hymn & Matt Redman’s Chorus)
Jesus Paid It All (Kristian Stanfill)
Christ The Lord Is Risen Today (Aaron Senseman)
The Saving One
(Starfield)

I absolutely love this new song from Starfield, The Saving One:

“His Love Has Made A Way / The Grave Is Overcome / Jesus Is The Christ / The Saving One”

Happy Easter!

I wanted to help promote a new worship CD a friend of mine just released this past weekend.  Andy Frank is the Music Pastor at CCV in Phoenix and you’re gonna love his CD.  Andy is a great musician, worship leader and has a huge heart to reach people for Jesus.  I got to sing some backing vocals on a couple of these songs, so I’ve been really excited to get my copy of this project.

My family got to attend his CD Release Concert on Sunday night and we all loved it.  Great time of worship and incredible production.  It was also cool to see his work with Hope 4 Kids International.  They had 120 kids get sponsored at the concert.  I love it!  More kids getting the help and love they deserve and need.  Way to go Andy!

You can get his CD on iTunes: ANDY FRANK – SHINE FOR YOU.

Make sure you stop by the Andy Frank Website as well.

Palm Sunday.  I spent some time thinking about how the people celebrated Jesus coming into Jerusalem.  It hit me that what is this huge event written about in the Bible was pretty much a spontaneous thing.  There wasn’t a programming director calling cues and coordinating the entrance at just the right moment with lights and music playing.  People got happy because they saw Jesus…they saw God riding into town on a little donkey.  How cool is that!

I’m wondering why we seem to need so much encouragement to show up and get excited about spending time with God in our church services?  I’m guilty.  But then there are the times when I’m super pumped about getting to spend time worshipping Jesus with a bunch of other people who share my faith and then it seems like they’re kind of “whatever” about getting to connect with God together.  It’s confusing.  I’m trying to sort it out, I guess.

Any thoughts you might want to share on that?

Here is my set list from this weekend:

Hosanna (Paul Baloche)
Today Is The Day (Lincoln Brewster)
The Stand (Hillsong United)
The Saving One (Starfield)
Hosanna (Hillsong United)

OK, this is weird.  I went to get a link from iTunes for The Stand, but it seems that all Hillsong material has been pulled from the iTunes store.  Anyone know why?