Yesterday was Sunday, January 4th, 2009…and it was our big day at EPIC Church. Yesterday was our “soft launch.”
I woke up at 5:45am, knowing that it was going to be a great day, knowing that God would show up, no matter who was there or what would happen.
At 7:25am, our setup team arrived. By 7:30am, our vehicles were loaded and we were ready to pray for a great day. At 7:45am, we arrived at the theater ahead of schedule. The doors were opened, the equipment was brought in, and the setup process began.
By 8:30am, the speakers were set, the instruments were tuned, and the microphones were hot…our worship team was ready to practice.
By 9:00am, the projector was on, the slides were ready, the lights were shining, and the entire launch team was on hand…we were roaring to go!
At 9:15am, we had our first “glitch.” We were testing our recording for our podcast and it wasn’t working. I worked furiously for 10 minutes, to no avail. My only thoughts were, “we can’t document the message on our big day.” I worked until 9:29am. At 9:30am, we had our pre-service prayer.
At 9:45am, I walked back to our sound booth, hit a button, and got the recording working. No matter what happens we will always pray at 9:30am, which is probably one of the best decisions that we have made thus far. At the same time the announcements began scrolling, the intro music was playing and people were beginning to trickle in.
At 9:59am, I took my final sip of water, put on my guitar, and watched the final seconds of the countdown. At that moment a celebration took place, all of heaven went crazy. A new church was being planted, a new body of believers was forming, and a new opportunity for lost souls to find their way was made.
To be continued…