T minus 9

July 14, 2006

preparation for liftoffCornerstone Vineyard has two Sundays left before it closes its doors. Sundays when I lead worship (which used to be every Sunday) take hours in preparation and delivery. I have often wished that I could devote those hours to outward rather than inward ministry.

But now that I come to the end, it is surprisingly hard to let go. This will be the second time I hang up my guitar. Will I get another crack at it someday? Even if I go out to play open mics and such, going solo is not the same as having a band. And I wouldn’t be playing my favorite David Ruis songs, or get to play the new ones I wanted to try.

I also have a growing repertoire of my own worship songs which are going to gather dust now. Sure, I have other non-church songs which can come out of the closet, but still, if I had thought ahead, I would have had the sound engineers record each live run.

Ah well. Things have to die for new things to be born.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

7 responses to T minus 9

  1. Peter Eisenmann July 14, 2006 at 11:22 am

    God’s best to you. My hunch is that the dust will not get too thick on the songs or the guitar.

  2. Jon, I feel for you, man. I’ve been there at the death of a church. And it is not easy to deal with. As you say, it is normal. But that doesn’t make it easy either.
    But it’s good that you have a positive outlook from it. God is not going to just let you go stagnant. I’m sure He has even bigger plans for you post Cornerstone.

  3. Rock out in 9 days. I’ll make sure the final Sunday is recorded in full. We’ll go down hard.

  4. mike Abrahamsohn July 15, 2006 at 12:35 am

    We will rock on harder and lounder then ever before!God gave us a gift.We must share the gift with other.

  5. Wow. I can’t believe the church is closing it’s doors. That is difficult.
    Come visit us at Valley Christian at 10 AM. 🙂

  6. it’s a terrible thing, having your rock fizzle. i’m in training to perhaps “go solo” myself. gulp…

  7. You know Jon, you have a special friend who you will see tonight who has a recording studio in his garage. You also still know the people you play with and possibly even have their telephone numbers. You *could* spend a Sunday making a permenant record of your memories on the peninsula if you asked him…