A Struggle from Start to Finish

I lead singing at church this last Sunday, which is something I do every month or so, as the rotation dictates.  It's something I usually enjoy but this time was a struggle for me from start to finish. 
 
To start it all off, I had a terrible time selecting the songs to lead.  I generally try to model my services after a theme topic or verse.  This time I had nothing to go on.  I thought it would be easy to just pick a few random songs that went together but that proved to be extremely difficult for me.  In the end I came up with my own vague theme that was probably only apparent to me but it took a week to come to that point. 
 
Because it took all week to come up with the songs, I missed the church bulletin deadline. That meant I had to go print out my own order of worship and make copies to hand out on Sunday morning.  When I went to go do that the printer at the church was out of ink, so I had to print out a copy on the fax machine. Annoying, but not the end of the world. 
 
I thought that I had experienced the last of my struggles after the song selection and printer issues but that wasn't the case.  When Sunday morning came I felt miserable.  I had a terrible head/neck ache that left me marginally nauseous.  Fortunately, unbeknownst to the majority of the congregants I was able to push through the service in pain. It went relatively smoothly.  I lead one song too high and another lower than desirable, but neither of those instances bothered me too much.  Those are somewhat common occurrences in my church.  It just was a miserable experience having to ignore the pain for an hour and a half, and it left me utterly exhausted. 
 
I knew it was a bad sign when I began my preparations for the service that week, but I had no idea it would be such a struggle.  Next time I might think twice about leading singing if it starts out the way it did this time. 

Published by Brian

Christian, husband, father, Pepperdine alum, marketing account manager and more. Passionate about music, movies, religion, communication, nonprofits and the Lakers.

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