We interviewed almost thirty individuals at NRB convention these past couple of days and we’ll be slowly uploading those interviews these next few weeks, In the meantime, I want to talk about the worship service Sunday morning.
I wish I could fully describe for you the excitement and energy level that exists at the convention. Just imagine several thousand talented individuals who all share a love of the Lord and a desire to serve Him through media. Put them together in one beautiful location and then have a worship service.
I had no idea what to expect. I thought it would be a “going through the motions” kind of service where the individuals on stage said the right words and everyone else nodded in agreement. Instead, it was more like a pep rally for the Lord.
We began the morning with Mr. Leininger sharing about the story behind the movie Alone Yet Not Alone and the circumstances that led to his daughter writing the book that inspired the movie. I was already familiar with the story, but hearing it firsthand from him was such a treat. His story was followed by Jon Eareckson Tada singing the theme song from the movie. Hearing her lovely voice singing such a touching hymn and seeing the movie scenes on the screen, I was brought to tears by the thought of how God is using all the controversy following this movie to draw attention to the song and the story and to impact lives with the message that we are never alone when we have Him. Had the service ended there, I would have felt content.
But it continued with worship music led by Tommy Walker. What really impressed me is that rather than entertaining us, he truly led us in worship, selecting familiar hymns and simple songs that he had composed. He ended with a James Taylor style song where he played not only guitar but harmonica as well. It was so soothing, peaceful, and worshipful.
Then the service continued with a sermon by Bryan Loritts. What a down to earth, practical preacher. I was constantly jotting down little things he said and apparently I wasn’t the only one. Brittany, who was following it on twitter, said it was a constant flow of people tweeting quotes from him. He spoke on patience, something everyone in the room could relate to, as creative folks aren’t exactly known for their ability to wait.
As I left the service, I couldn’t contain the excitement I felt seeing all these amazing folks, each loving the Lord, and each striving to serve the Lord through media in their own unique ways. I feel a thrill of upcoming revival in our land as God uses all these amazing movies and media outlets to promote His story to the masses. The world doesn’t have a clue what’s going on. But I feel confident that God is getting ready to do a mighty work through movies and media.