THANK YOU LORD! It’s been another wonderful weekend of worship at Willow Creek Community Church. This weekend, Steve Wu – Willow Chicago Campus Pastor, and our entire music team went lead worship at the Main Campus in South Barrington, Illinois. This was a great opportunity for me. This is the first time that a regional campus has lead worship on the main stage at Barrington. The Chicago campus is only a year and a half old, but God has grown the church tremendously and as we mature the Lord is using us to shake things up at Willow Creek.
The Barrington Church gave us such a warm welcome. They went so far as to build a life-size EL train platform! It was beautifully realistic and detailed – even down to the no-smoking and warning signs! Dinner was provided in the green room for the entire team before the Saturday night service and breakfast for the two Sunday morning services. One of the Barrington worship leaders lead us in a song for prayer sparked a blaze of worship and hearts open for God through the entire weekend. Literally, as each of the services progressed, there was a greater and greater passion that was building in all of us!
Senior Pastor Bill Hybels mentioned in the services that Willow Creek is becoming a singing church and that as a congregation the worship this weekend would be a deffinate time to experience that! Willow Creek in the past has been a place where participation was very optional, however, things are shifting to being much more participatory – especially in the form of congregational singing! It has been my heart to see people liberated in worship… God has touched Hybels’ heart with that same vision and I’m eager to see more and more people giving praise with ALL that they have within them.
Willow Chicago will be leading worship in Barrington for two more weeks, and I pray that God will use us to spiritually set the church on fire with a passion for worship that can’t be quenched!!!