Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Anthem is tomorrow!

It was about 4 years and 2 weeks ago that we had our very first Anthem, under a tent in the parking lot at Cornerstone Church. It has morphed into something pretty amazing, and God has used it as an event to stir up the hearts of young people to be undivided in their devotion to Christ.

Tomorrow over 1,000 students will gather for a night of worship and prayer. If you are within driving distance of Ames, Iowa... you should be there!

Here's a sneak preview from Monday's rehearsal...

Is Ryan Seiler going to be there?
Of course.

What about Jesse Antelman?

But you'll also see some new faces... Brenton on drums (jumping in for Clint on part of the set)
Wally on bass... (here giving his best bass player pose). Bass players are always a little... unique. No offense Bryan, but you kind of fit the stereotype... Zombie movies and listening to music where 32nd notes at 132 are cool. We'll miss you at this Anthem, Bryan.
If you don't like it loud, bring ear plugs. Phil will have the auditorium rockin'. Our water bottles were vibrating off the stage. I wonder if Isaiah got ear damage from his glimpse of glory with the voices of the seraphs, whose voices were so loud, the doorposts and thresholds shook (Is. 6:4). And the place was filled with smoke. We'll have a little of that, too.
But more than the band, music, hazers, yada yada- hundreds of people have been fasting, praying, and anticipating the presence of God among us in a powerful way. We gather to pray, seek and worship our great God.

See you tomorrow. 8:00 at Cornerstone (Click here for directions)


Mindy said...

It is going to be awesome! And definitely sound awesome (sorry, a sis's gotta say that!)

Anonymous said...

It's interesting how similar the lights, stage, band, and I'm guessing the style of music is to the worlds way of doing things. Isn't this worldliness Rather than living in the world but not of it, it's living in it AND being of it

Anonymous said...

In one regard it seems genius. Cause it's totally what 'the world' wants and likes. But there's a twist..cause in an attempt to be relevant the church unknowingly partners with worldliness. So the 'called out ones' leave the trapings of this passing age, looking for God's house. A house where God promises to breathe life into weary people through the Holy Spirit through simple means. The preaching of the word, singing, prayer, communion, and baptism.

But what they get instead is a church where the people take their worldliness (which we all have) and find ways to justify it into the service. They feed the worldliness of man, and even get them to yearn for it themselves. Good intentions gone wrong where the Scriptures aren't properly interpreted. Anything could go, even an amusement park.

People get what they want..which isn't what they need. Coffee, dance, light show, concert, and a talk. If they return they can join the bball teams or groups designed around worldly marketing in point with money for the building project.

Why do people come..cause they get everything they want out of the world, but under a Christian label.

In the world and of the world.

John said...

Anthem isn't copying the way the world does things- they're using the musical talent that God has gifted them with and the inventions that God has given (guitars, sound system, lights, etc), because without God no one is truly creative or inventive. What about a certain arrangement of lights, certain sounds mixed together, and certain equipment being used makes contemporary worship evil?
Why should the devil get all of the newest inventions?

1 Chronicles 29:11 - Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

Hebrews 2:10
In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.