I was driving out from California State University, San Bernardino to meet with James Linton and Brian Schulz. I had known James for about three years, but this would be my first time meeting Brian. They were looking for a worship leader and wanted to see if I would be a good fit for this new service they were launching.
I can remember getting out of my car and rolling up the sleeves of my cardigan because it was hot, but I didn’t want to reveal how sweaty I was. I don’t think being sweaty gives a good first impression. We talked for an hour or so about what kind of church Christ’s Church is, what I believed about worship, where I was in my spiritual walk, etc.
By the end of the conversation I wasn’t convinced that God was calling me out to Yucaipa. I was still trying to finish getting my BA in History despite the dearth of teaching jobs in 2011 and 2012. I was rooted in Rancho Cucamonga and Yucaipa felt far away.
Eventually it came time for me to make a decision. I can remember pacing in the office at my sister-in-law’s house. I was praying and thinking and pacing and unsure. Kate and I prayed some more and I decided to say yes. I didn’t hear a clear voice telling me what to do and I didn’t feel confident; I just felt called.
Sometimes God’s calling, or his specific desire and direction for your life, isn’t clear. Sometimes we have multiple opportunities before us and we don’t know which opportunity is from God. Sometimes we have nothing in front of us and we don’t know where God is. It’s messy, but beautiful all at the same time.
After months and months of planning and preparation and discussions and hard work we’re finally officially launching our contemporary service this Sunday. The truth is, all of that planning and everything else would be useless if it weren’t for God’s providence. He called together a group of people to do a new work in Yucaipa. We couldn’t be more grateful for those of you who have labored with us and obeyed God’s calling in your lives.
We’re hoping to see a lot of new faces visiting Christ’s Church this Sunday. We’ll be starting a brand new sermon series on Genesis, re-launching the neighborhood groups, offering new educational classes for new Christians, and worshiping the Lord together. We can’t wait to see what God has in store for us during this new season; it’s going to be incredible!
Again, thank you for all the hard work everyone has put in. We’ll see you on Sunday!