The words on the screen were a little plainer than usual in today’s services. Sorry about that. The underlying reason is that the software that we use, Easy Worship it’s called, is not keeping pace with everything around it changing, and so is starting to fall apart, if a computer program can be accused of ‘falling apart.’ The patient may recover, but it is quite poorly at the moment.
The plainness is due to two reasons: me using alternative software called PowerPoint to do the job. If that doesn’t sound like two reasons, you need to know that PowerPoint is not as sophisticated as Easy Worship, and unsophisticated me was doing the assembling.
Anyway, what I am getting round to saying is this. I was getting the words to one of the songs, putting them onto the individual slides you see on the screen, arranging the words to help them to be read in a way that allows us to sing them easily. One particular song I thought must be a new one – and that we were going to be taught it. Seriously. I didn’t recognise it at all.
As soon as Mike started playing the tune, I knew the song straight away. I’d sung it loads of times, and was very familiar with all its nuances. But I hadn’t recognised it from the words. It needed the tune to unlock it, and it all made sense.
Scripture is like that. It needs something, some insight from God’s spirit, to open it up and show you what it means to you, and the truth of it is then very familiar. Without that, it is just a lot of good words. It lacks life.
If you get a chance, please listen to Pauline English’s story from tonight’s 6.30 service. It will be on the website in a week or so. She is a gentle, powerful soul. She tells the story of what made the Truth real in her life.
Go fishing, and look for the tug.*
(*If you weren’t at the morning service, that won’t make any sense at all. Sorry!)