FIRST let me say that i am praying for and thinking about all my friends and family that live in the path of hurricane gustav. if you haven’t evacuated yet and would like to you are welcome to come to our home. wisconsin is wonderful right now and well worth the visit (even if it is just for the purpose of running away from a hurricane). i remember what katrina was like, so i’ll be praying for you based on my memory of my feelings and thoughts were.
second i’ll talk about tapestry. tonight was our set up preview. we spent the evening trying to figure out how to hook stuff up and where to put it. it involved a lot of trial and error. my real worry was that we wouldn’t be able to put everything up or take it down in the time we had hoped for. our goal is to be set up by 5:15 p.m. each sunday so we can concentrate on people and people only once the gathering start to happen. everything went wonderfully. we set everything up, had it looking decent (we’re still not completely there yet), meet and talked about the example of the levites, and then tore everything down. we had more than enough time. i was incredibly nervous before we started tonight and i was pumped after we finished. it’s going to happen and people are going to be drawn to GOD.
i spent a little bit of time talking with our launch team about the biblical example of levites. this hebrew tribe acted as the “human camels” (jacob’s term) for all the items and equipment involved in GOD’s tabernacle. the levites did all the heavy lifting and hard work so that others could worship. i love what deuteronomy 10:8-9 says concerning them:
at that time the LORD set apart the tribe of levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister and to pronounce blessings in his name, as they still do today. That is why the levites have no share or inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as the LORD your GOD told them.)
“the LORD is their inheritance!” wow! we spent a little bit of time talking about the fact that as a nomadic church and we have much in common with the tabernacle. for better or worse the launch team members are the levites of tapestry. we will carry and setup everything, while others just arrive and worship. in the midst of all the work GOD is out inheritance. it’s all fun and games right now but 6 months from now i’m going to have to remember that GOD is my inheritance when i no longer want to set stuff up just to take it down in three hours. remember folks, i’m old.
anyway i gave everyone a t-shirt tonight with the hebrew letters for “levite” on them. i just want us all to remember what we are doing and why we are doing it.