09-28-08 Collision

Worship Recap

This morning we continued our series on Soul Cravings as Jason talked about our craving for security. I think that this is an incredible moment in our congregation as economically, everyone is looking for security, just to realize how imperative it is to place our trust in God. It is so easy for me to begin trying to carve out a game plan of what I think will get me by, but when I close my mouth for a minute and tune into God's game plan- wow, what a difference. This morning we did a spoof on hurricane preparedness which you can watch here. Yes, I know it will be hard for anyone to take me seriously now. Haha, like that changed anything. :) The closing song is one that I wrote this week. I have added the lyrics and you can listen to a rough recording of it here. We had some technical glitches, but overall- great service. I am excited about what God is doing!!

Worship Set:
Take It All - Hillsong United
Your Grace is Enough - Matt Maher
Jesus Messiah - Chris Tomlin
Here I am to Worship

Closing Song:
Closer- Michelle Weger

I know your weary soul feels broken
You wonder if you'll be fine tomorrow
Don't buy the line that you deserve this
Don't feed the lie that you're not worth it (you're worth it)

You've seen greater things and
You've held greater dreams and
Though they seem far away
They're closer than you could know

The darkness is deeper than you'll speak of
As you try to hold the pain inside
Don't buy the line that you must fight alone
Don't feed the lie that you're too far from hope (I'll hope for you)

Daisy, Daisy give me your answer do
I'm half crazy all for the love of you
Daisy, Daisy I gave my life for you
It won't be a stylish marriage
But I'll never let go of you

I see greater things and
I hold better dreams
Though I seem far away
I'm closer than you could know

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09-21-08 Collision

Worship Recap

Worship Set:
Sing, Sing, Sing - Chris Tomlin
Here Is Our King - David Crowder Band
Mighty to Save - Hillsong
New Doxology - Gateway Worship (just the chorus and the first verse)

The transition into New Doxology was rockin'. We played Mighty to Save in G and on the D at the end of the chorus we threw an F# in the bass and jumped right to the chorus of New Doxology in G (as opposed to A, which is what we played it in last week).


09-14-08 Collision

Worship Recap

This morning Jason continued the series Soul Cravings with a look at our craving for destiny. Isn't it freeing to think that our destiny isn't really about us at all? To know that it is already created, we just need the courage to step into it? I was encouraged! It is easy to get muddled down in the day-to-day, living for the weekend life- but there is so much more! There is a God who has great plans for us!

Worship Set:
O' Praise Him - David Crowder Band
Marvelous Light - Charlie Hall
New Doxology - Gateway Worship

I had no idea what a big hit the new doxology would be. I received so much positive feedback- one person even said they'd love to hear that every week! Anna stepped it up with leading the third verse and it was rockin'! The overwhelming presence of God's Spirit was incredible. We never even made it to the last song, which would have been Enough by Chris Tomlin. A few weeks ago I ended with No Sweeter Name, which was a new song for Collision and I learned that ending with a new song wasn't such a good move. That is why I had Enough plugged in after Doxology... however, God is bigger than any of my planning attempts and this song was a perfect fit. I can't wait to do it again!


Stitches, Terrorists, and Toe Touches: My journey into the US Air Force

So I posted my facebook status as:

Michelle Weger is thinking about the journey that 9/11 prompted in my life and where it has led me.

which is what prompted this blog entry. I'm sure each of you can remember where you were and what you were doing in the moment that the towers began to fall and the media went into a frenzy. I was in a Dance Technique class with the wonderful Mrs. Laurel Renfroe at Harrison Arts Center, sophomore year. Just as I was passionately explaining to her that indeed, no, I could not touch my toes- Scott Reed came in from a dentist appointment saying something about the president and a plane crash. He didn't at that point have any idea what he was reporting.

Within the next 2-3 minutes the school was placed on lock down and we were all huddled into the dance room where they turned on CNN. In retrospect, I am not sure whether turning the news on for us to watch was really the best idea for each student- but I for one was glad to at least know what was going on. This was also one of those rare moments when nobody cared that we were all pulling out our cell phones and calling people.

Once my sister and I arrived home from school [to be honest, I can't remember if they released us early or what] I continued watching the news and she went... well, somewhere- I don't remember that either. Meanwhile, my little brother, Ryan, went out onto the patio with my mother. He laid his head down on Raz, the evil miniature pinscher of my parents and Raz bit him in the face creating a wound that merited stitches. My mom was having to hold pressure on the gash so I got to drive the minivan... well, at least long enough to meet my sister who drove it the rest of the way.

We arrived at Lakeland Regional Medical Center and it was a sight that I have never seen again. There was NO ONE there. Everyone was home glued to the news watching the towers fall again and again. Honestly, we were in out and stitched up in 30 minutes. It was unbelievable. I still have the Extra from our local newspaper that day. I don't know that there has ever been an Extra before or since in Imperial Polk County. :) I continued to save the newspaper for the next several days. The anthrax scares began, the stories about Todd Beamer circulated, and the entire nation was on pause.

As I watched the troops beginning to deploy and the conflict in the Middle East beginning to escalate, I was ignited with a sense of responsibility and desire to help. Of course, I was finishing my sophomore year of high school so there wasn't much that I could do- at least as I saw it at the time. I ended up transferring schools in an effort to graduate early the next year. While in that last semester I served as co-president of our school's FCA. I remember sitting on the floor of our sponsor's living room with my co-president [that sounds so funny...], watching a commercial and saying to them that I thought I wanted to join the military. They were adamantly opposed to the idea.

I began my research. Thankfully, my uncle convinced me that the Air Force was a better option than the Marines or the Army- I am forever indebted. I enlisted in the Air Force Reserves at age 17 on the 30th of May, 2003. This began a very long journey that I am not entirely prepared to rehash in its entirety. To be honest, I am still processing a lot of it.

Some Reflections:
  • I learned a lot about asking God's opinion and advice before making life altering decisions.
  • I realized that no matter what level of success I achieve, I cannot be happy living and working outside of His call on my life.
  • I had my first opportunity to lead a worship service.
  • I saw God's favor in moments that it made no sense.
Being in the military also taught me some other things like discipline, shoe shining, and how to iron a perfectly creased shirt. It afforded me the opportunity to travel a little... very little, but none the less I saw Germany, France, and Austria- and it was incredible. I also saw Texas, Mississippi, and all the states in between... though less exciting.

Though I don't believe that it was God's perfect will for my life to join the military, He worked despite my choices and used it for my good. It financially allowed me to attend Southeastern University (though I was working for the Air Force 75% of the time that I was supposed to be in class...) and get my Bachelor's degree. It also gave me real world job experience and certifications that make me sound smarter than I really am- but seriously, this enabled me to work great jobs and make excellent money while I was going to school.

In the end I am quite disappointed that I never got to deploy and have a direct impact on the conflict in the Middle East. I had desert uniforms in my hands more than once, but was never able to go; plans always changed at the last minute. However, I did get to sing the national anthem a bazillion times, play in simulated wars for 3 years, look for fake bombs in MOPP Level 4 gear in the dead heat of summer (and get overheated and vomit in my gas mask because the snap wouldn't come undone on my Kevlar helmet...), get military discounts at Tijuana Flats, travel to Europe, meet great people, learn a lot of acronyms and the phonetic alphabet, MC large banquets and holiday parties complete with singing Kelly Clarkson on karaoke by popular demand, and of course- I had the incredible experience of graduating from Military Basic Training and being an Airman in the United States Air Force.

One day I hope to write a book about my basic training experiences... so many stories to tell.


Coffee House

So last month I tried my hand at our church's first ever coffee house. I remember when I was in school how much I loved attending and playing coffee houses on the weekends. I used to play at this one in Lakeland, FL that was super grassroots. It was all bad punk rock and sour patch straws, but it was fun! I would come in with my acoustic guitar and sing- our band was always the adults' favorite... probably because they could understand the lyrics and still had eardrums at the end of it all. Either way- it was a great experience for me at 15-16 years old to play in front of a crowd and share my music. While I was stationed at Keesler AFB I would play at Coffee Fusion Bubble Tea Cafe in Ocean Springs, MS. (which by the way, they put little balls of tapioca in the bottom of smoothies... that was something I never quite got over) It was always so fun to bring songs of life and hope into unsuspecting territory. My hope with this coffee house is to bring unsuspecting people into a life of hope.

My goal with the coffee house here at the church is to bring in quality music and to provide a fun, safe, and relaxed atmosphere for people to gather. It seems to blow people's minds that there isn't a target age group, but rather a target interest group. I love having a room where calculating the average age is impossible, because it is so diverse. The other to qualifiers
that I have for the event is that it doesn't cost us money and that we are able to bless the artists' with at least some money. At least for the first go around, I feel like all of my objectives and goals were satisfied. It has been a couple weeks (Aug 30th) since the first round took place, and people are still talking about it... I consider that a good sign. Jason, the youth director, was kind enough to let me transform one of the youth rooms into our java venue for the evening. It was very obvious that the room needed a face lift before I felt good about inviting the public. After some consulting, it was determined that stripes would be a great look for the back wall, where there was presently half of a forest. Everyone assures me that it had great purpose and intent at one time, but to the "new kid" it was an eyesore. I was thrilled when I was given the go-ahead to "fix it up." We brought in the tables from the coffee shop and with some coffee beans, candles, and crayons the ambiance was there in no time. I'm bummed that I didn't think to snap any photos. I know that the band had some people there taking pictures, so I am going to try and get some of them. Speaking of the band, let me take a moment to plug these guys. They are RELO (pronounced like yellow) based out of Lakeland, FL. They are a group that I got to know through Inertia Sound Studio, where I record my music and also in college. They are students at Southeastern University, and I feel confident that they are going places. I have never been so encouraged and entertained in one evening. It was a blast! Coming up on September 20th is our next coffee house and Josh McKinney is coming from Clermont, FL to share his tunes with us. He is a worship leader and extremely talented musician with a heart for the Kingdom.

I am still trying to come up with a better name-o for this deal than "coffee house." I am leaning towards Origins Cafe. Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions? The whole concept of that title is that we are all from the same origin, the same starting point and I believe that it is critical that the Church gets back to the origin of Jesus' mission. I think that creating a relaxed environment, without an agenda where people can interact and build relationships is central to the mission of Christ.

Anyhow, this is still in the building stages and we are learning as we go. It is looking like the next round is going to also have baked goods and real, refillable mugs. Stay tuned for more info and contact me if you are interested in playing.


09-07-08 Collision

Worship Recap

Sermon: Crave:Connectedness

This week we began a new sermon series entitled Soul Craving. This week we talked about our craving for connectedness and the value of the Church in that arena. Jason did a great job of relating the importance of being the Church as opposed to going to church.

Worship Set:

Solution- Hillsong United- Key of B
Everyone- Desperation Band- Key of E
Holy is the Lord- Chris Tomlin- Key of E
We transitioned into the pre-chorus, which was smooth and rockin'
The More I Seek You- Kari Jobe- Key of E

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08-31-08 Collision

Worship Recap

Sermon: Spite House

This week Pastor Dave preached about forgiveness. He talked about the power of choosing to forgive as Christ has so freely forgiven us. I was really blown away by the energy during worship this week. I have to believe that this being the first week with acoustic drums as opposed to the electric drums, was a major factor in that. It was really encouraging to see everyone excited and engaged in worship this week!

Worship Set
Rescue - Michelle Weger
Not to Us - Chris Tomlin
No Sweeter Name - Kari Jobe
Mighty to Save - Hillsong

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