If our goal was to be slick, we failed – miserably.
The sound was off. We got into the building late. The band had no time to practice. There was no sound check. My mike was on a different system. We started late. There were squeaks and squawks all night.
The fire alarm went off in the middle of the sermon. A first for me. We had to evacuate the building – in the middle of the sermon! After a few minutes, the all-clear was given and we came back in. I threw the sermon away and spoke from my heart.
We were not slick. It would have been nice – and we worked toward that, but it did not happen. And – it’s ok. It was not the goal.
The goal was to worship God and to introduce the vision of the Orchard.
His praises were sung. His Word was read. His testimonies were declared. His presence was sought in prayer. His vision was shared.
We laughed. Some shed tears. Some repented (they told me later).
We wondered what in the world was going on when the fire alarm when off.
We talked with each other.
Dozens volunteered to serve. Dozens served.
The place was full (375 adults and 30+ children!) – with little outside advertising.
The spirit was great.
The Lord gave us gorgeous weather – no rain, no tornadoes.
The next preview service – with a BIG SURPRISE – JUNE 13th.