Send Me

By James Nance, Interim Minister of Music

Debbie and I have served this church family for the last 8 years in several capacities (choirs, ensembles, handbells, committees, Bible studies, etc.) For the last year we have ministered as interim music minister and music associate. We enjoy what we are doing and are encouraged that we can continue the legacy of excellent music programs that Philip and Mary Ann Stephens began over 32 years ago.

We want to “lift up” the name of Jesus in all we do. He tells us that: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32). Also, we want to honor Him with every music presentation and programed ministry. As John the Baptist said: “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). What a privilege and honor it has been to see the Holy Spirit use our efforts to change hearts and lives.

Isaiah had an encounter with the Holy God in chapter 6. As he saw the Lord “high and lifted up” (v. 1) he realized his sinful nature and the sinful nature of the people among whom he lived (v. 5). He heard the choir of angels [singing]: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, the whole earth is full of His glory” (v. 3). It wasn’t long before one of the [angels] flew to him with a “live coal…from the altar” to “touch his lips to remove and forgive his [sins]” (v. 6-7) Then one of the most important encounters of his life happened… he heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And Isaiah answered: “Here am I. Send Me!” (v. 8).

As we worship the Holy God each week; as we pray for adults, students, boys and girls of all ages to encounter the work of the Holy Spirit to change their lives; as we lift up His name in all we do; as we seek to share the love of Jesus with everyone who enters our church; and as we go out to every corner of the world…may we say with Isaiah: “Here am I. Send Me!”