Archive for July, 2009


Weekend Worship Awards July 26th edition

July 27, 2009

Side effects from reading weekend worship awards may include dry mouth, leaky ears, parched eyes, and floppy underarms.

Should not be read in conjunction with working or driving or sleeping.

No cash value for any award won. 

Awards chosen by an official member of management team at Sunset Presbyterian Church, but not voted on by any other member of said team.



You knew this was coming, but really, who was that guy on acoustic guitar with the GQ haircut??  He sounded a lot like Tyler Braun, but 24 hours later he remains a mystery.



This award goes to the player who most brings the soul, the passion, the funk, the edge to a service, and this week it has to go to Rhett Lee.  Several times during the morning I thought “Wow!!! Rhett is BRINGING IT!”



In addition to a thousand details running in her head at any given moment…she still manages to bring her smile and heart to the platform and sing in the worship choir.  Nice job Janet Fraser.



Me, trying to do announcements.  It’s kind of like watching my two year old try to jump.  She gives it a great effort…but her feet never really leave the ground.



Goes to Steve Schroeder and Laura VanderGiessen, who served both in the morning and the 6pm as well.  (along with Janet and some crew!)



I have two.  Looking out and seeing tears all over the congregation and hands raised throughout worship in both services.  And anytime I took the mic away from my mouth and heard the worship choir belting it out.



12:10.  Didn’t want yesterday to end.


Sincere thanks to the entire team.  Just a sweet weekend, from Thursday all the way through.  I was most encouraged by a strong sense several times that the Holy Spirit was doing His thing and we were along for the ride.  Those are some of the most precious moments we can share together.  Thanks for being such an awesome group of people to serve with.




The story of your life

July 23, 2009

I bought my ticket on Fandango.  I have extra money for a tub of popcorn and a bucket of diet coke, and I’m going to see the midnight showing of the story of your life.  What would I see when I watched??  Is it the movie you would have scripted if you were in charge?  Should I read the book first?

My possible version of the highlights in my life story.

  1. Innocent childhood growing up in the SE corner of Disneyland, CA.
  2. Along with piano and guitar lessons also trained in 6 separate martial arts and a junior teen special Jack Bauer training camp.
  3.  Because my IQ was so high through high school (at Disneyland high), I was chosen to audit a college of my choice and give suggestions on how they could improve things, and receive an honorary doctorate for my time.
  4. Approached by the United Nations for a full time career full of purpose and vision and changing the world with passion and purpose.  (somehow responsible for starting Google in the midst of this)
  5. Decide to purchase Disneyland when I turned 50 thus giving my extended family and friends a place to vacation for free or just hang out on main street for a BBQ now and then.


So often our real life stories turn out so different.  My story, your story, the stories of people I know and love, have much different highlights, or lowlights then what I might have scripted for myself.

*Broken families  *Financial hardship  *Learning disorders  *Frustrated career paths  *Loss of loved ones  *Unstable or unsure future  *Never even been to Disneyland

So how do we trust the Author of our lives, when our story feels like a script we wouldn’t choose? 

Consider for a moment the table of Contents of the life of Jesus.  Consider the highlights and lowlights.

*Came to earth long before current luxuries of technology and comfort.  (No iphone and certainly no Disneyland.  *Faced massive opposition and persecution. *Never married. *Friends abandoned Him.  *Crucified on a cross in His early thirties.

However..His life was all about passion and purpose and love and meaning.  Would we have written His circumstances differently for Him if we were in charge of His story?  Thank God we weren’t, and thank God He is in control today and we aren’t.  Yes, we can trust Him, with our lives, with our stories.  How can you best use your unique script to bring Him glory?


Weekend Worship Awards 7-12-09

July 12, 2009

The following awards are voted on by session, executive session and select members of the Troutdale City Council (You may have seen them on public access cable, channel 11)

If you won an award below please know it has a cash value of .00000000000001 of one cent, so please just keep the award for your own enjoyment.


Best Howard Jones impersonation(s).  This award goes to Phil and Nick, both of whom may not know who Howard Jones is, but he usually had about 9 keyboards in his concerts and somehow played them all. 

 Most consistent action

Goes to my dad who seems to leave his glasses on the bass amp every single time he plays, and did so again. (I’ll get him this week dad)

 Best glasses

Speaking of glasses, Julie Reid won this award on Thursday with her pair, but failed to wear them again on Sunday which almost disqualified her from the award.

 Flying Blind

Goes to William, who did not let playing in a virtual black hole let him skip a beat from the platform.

 Most Creative

Goes to the vocals on Potter’s hand.  Our use of words with a combination of molding, using and filling kept the congregation on their toes and engaged throughout.

 Coolest Silhouette

Goes to Sam, who looked really really cool with the back drop behind him.  I know for a fact he wasn’t even trying to win this award, but you earned it nonetheless Sam.

 Best Makeover

Goes to Wayne, who showed more skin on his face than we have seen in a while.  Good look Wayne. 

 Best last minute changes

Goes to Janet, who improved our set and flow greatly and caused us to have to think on the fly more than usual.

 Best use of a non working mic.

I’m not sure anyone has won this award twice in one morning until now.  Way to go Mike Giering!!  A new record.

 Awesome job Andrea and Julie and Tyler on your leads, great vocals this weekend.  Thank you Susannah Mars for giving it your all on that song which was a HARD song!!!  Thanks Phil for all your extra work playing such a key part in that song coming together.

 We definitely had some interesting moments in the flow, which is really on me, I should have made sure Ron was more informed on the flow for both services.  Mental note for next time.  But overall felt like it was a great morning with some really great moments. Thank you so much for all your effort, dedication, heart and soul you put forth each time you serve.  Thank you also every behind the scenes person who does all the technical work to make the morning fly and does all the hard technical work to complete the morning. 

 Until next time friends. Have a good Sunday.


Going all in

July 10, 2009

There’s an ARMY recruiting station close to my home, right by Blockbuster Video and a pizza joint.  From time to time, I’ll see the guys with short haircuts and pressed suits going in there with a wide eyed teenager about to sign a chunk of their life over to the military.   There have been times in my life where I had that fleeting though, “That would be nice”.  There is something in each of us that wants to go all in on something, to leave everything behind, to commit solely to one purpose with no distraction. 

Matthew 13:44-45

 44“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

 45“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.

Today I ask myself, “Would I give up anything for Christ if He asked me too?”  Would I give Him my iphone?  My truck? Would I give Him my house?  My job?  Would I give Him my family?  Would I give Him my friends?  Do I realize the treasure I have in Christ?  Do you?  Are you all in?

Ask yourself right now if there is anything in your life that you think is more valuable or important than what you have in Christ?  Do your actions show it? 

“God, I don’t want you to have to take everything from me before I realize what I have in You is everything.  But, if that is what it takes, then God take it all.”



July 3, 2009


We are doing a song this week in church by Tim Hughes called Everything  (Click here to listen) , some of the lyrics are:

God in my living There in my breathing God in my waking  God in my sleeping God in my resting There in my working  God in my thinking  God in my speaking

Today is a day I am struggling, so forgive my candor, but I read those lyrics and right now I say BS!  Right now, some of life has become what I have always feared it could become… segmented, religious, and compartmentalized.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love Christ, still claim Him as my Savior, but the truth is I’m not living a powerful Christ filled life where He is my Everything.  I’d be lying if I said I was.   So even writing “I love Christ” just feels icky, because my actions haven’t shown it.  I also still love my friends at church, love serving with them, but I sense a disconnect growing between my church life and my personal thought life.  It scares me to death to write that, but it also scares me to death to write a devo that makes you think I have anything together enough to try and look good for the few people that read this.

God in my hoping There in my dreaming

God in my watching God in my waiting

God in my laughing There in my weeping

God in my hurting God in my healing

Christ and I are on a journey.  He is showing me clearly what I have compromised in my walk with Him to bring me to this point, and He’s asking me if I will truly allow Him to be Everything.  There is a spirit inside of me that LONGS for that, craves it more than anything for Christ to be my Everything.  There is also a part of me that rebels against that, that fights against it and says “No Jay, you need more than Christ.”  It is a constant war in me… part of the human condition, Paul explains it like this in Romans 7:  

14 b The trouble is with me, for I am all too human, a slave to sin. 15a I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.  

 18 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[d] I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. 20 But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

There are some days I cry out to God and say I don’t even know what that would really look like Lord… what does it look like for You to be my everything?  But Romans 8:1 tells me it’s possible:

 1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power[a] of the life-giving Spirit has freed you[b] from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.[c] So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

Reading that it’s possible helps me know that I really want it before Heaven; I want to be able to look into His eyes… the eyes that see through my soul, and know that He has truly become my Everything.  


Christ in me, Christ in me

Christ in me the Hope of Glory

You are everything

Christ in me, Christ in me

Christ in me the Hope of Glory

Be my everything

Be my everything

Be my everything

Be my everything

Be my everything