Have you ever have one of those days that blow you away?
A moment that you never expected that makes your heart beat that little faster.
I had one of those amazing experiences Sunday night.
I was advocating for Compassion UK at a Rend Collective tour date.
Now I knew I was going to have a good night as I love volunteering with Compassion but I never expected to be completely blown away by some amazing music and fantastic worship.
The evening started with the artist Ben Cantelon to be honest I knew off him a little but hadn’t really heard much of his music but I have to say he was pretty incredible. He stirred up your heart in a way that you could sense the of the whole atmosphere of the church change.
Then Rend Collective took to the stage and WOW the place just lit up. Never have I seen such energy in a performance, in the music.
There was no fancy lights, no big instruments it was raw incredible talent being shown all to bring glory to God.
Their music was so fresh that I was just blown away.
“Rend Collective Experiment is an eclectic collective of multi-instrumentalists from the North of Ireland. An inherent desire for something spiritually substantive in our increasingly artificial world is exactly what brought the movement of friends together. United by a common purpose, these twenty-somethings began exploring the intersection between God, life and community.”
The night was the final one of their Campfire tour and my goodness they were incredible. Yes I am gushing as they simply gave me an incredible high and called me closer to God than I have been in a while.
Yet it wasn’t just the music that stirred my heart as the members of the band spoke about the need for us to remove ourselves from the artificial and connect with the real. That to be the church that Jesus calls us to be doesn’t just require us just to attend a building every Sunday but to live as the light.
So many of us attend our weekly service and thats great, but we should never leave church the way we came in.
I needed to hear these words, I needed so badly to feel this worship. I’m not having a crisis of faith just feeling lost about church.
Worship doesn’t have to happen in a church on a sunday, we can worship God in our homes, in our schools, in our play, around a campfire.
Faith isn’t a thinking its a doing.
If you have never heard of Rend Collective I cannot urge you enough to go check them out and Ben Cantelon too.
Their music is different, their music is raw, their music is soul refreshing.
Enjoy, I certainly did.