It was 9:00 Eastern time in Lexington, KY. We’re not a huge city, but with several hundred-thousand, I wouldn’t say we’re a small town either. I was at my church’s new building. We were thirty minutes out from our first service. I stepped out of the final run-through to see a stream of cars pouring into our parking lot.

It wasn’t that long ago that five or six carloads of new people was a big deal. Today, our parking lot was full of them. I couldn’t help but say a little prayer asking for what part God would have me do in all this. I knew one part–run the new third camera. You see, we’re a cutting edge church. We don’t own an organ. Until recently we didn’t even own an acoustic piano. Our people wear whatever they want to. Our pastor talks about how much God wants to “hang with you” (it sounds so much cooler when he says it). Great ideas are hard to implement without the correct tools, though.

Now, I’d just stepped out of an 861 seat auditorium, that would soon be at 70% capacity, with intelligent light fixtures, three video cameras, four projectors, two projection televisions, etc. It could have been overwhelming. In some ways it was, as we all learned our new equipment, but in other ways it was simple. We’d been squeezing $100 of usefulness out of $1 worth of equipment for so long, that this felt easy. I was running a camera with a manual lens that responded effortlessly in my hands. My director hit buttons on the switcher and had immediate, predictable results. Lighting cues could be viewed on a monitor connected to the new console instead of being guessed at or scrawled on a legal pad.

We’d seen God do so many miraculous things (I mean miraculous!), that we’d grieved leaving the old place. The truth is, the best is yet to come in the promised land that God gave to us.

Paul

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