Just the Beginning

Just the Beginning

It’s hard for me to believe that exactly one year ago this month God brought me to Trinity Baptist Church; and what a year it has been! My first day in the office was March 8th and I hit the ground running, with only 4 weeks until the first combined worship service and the Maundy Thursday program with Chorale and orchestra. To be honest, the first few months were a complete blur as I spent half the week in Waco teaching and half the week here in San Antonio. All the while, Sarah and I were making final preparations for our wedding and honeymoon!

While that season of life was exhausting, God was certainly in the midst of it all. In hindsight, God had been preparing me for this season of life for a very long time. I was brought up in a church with a deep appreciation for excellent music making and meaningful worship expressions. God brought me to Texas to pursue degrees in music and theology and through each class and every assignment, God was shaping my thoughts and habits. It was God who placed me in positions of leadership at FBC Hamilton and at Truett Seminary, where I was able to explore dynamic expressions of worship across a diverse range of musical cultures.

In the past year I’ve dipped back into the wealth of resources I’ve accumulated and I realize that nothing in my preparation was in vain (although a few of those school projects certainly didn’t seem useful at the time). I’m also realizing that perhaps the most useful skill I have learned over the years is how to listen to people and to hear their heart for music and worship. I’ve now had a year to listen to the voice of Trinity Baptist Church and to delve into the history of what has come before, and I couldn’t be more excited about what lies ahead of us!

Immediately ahead of us is Holy Week, with all of its emotional extremes and the musical responses that accompany them. From the Triumphal Entry to the Upper Room to the Cross and ultimately the Empty Tomb, the Chorale, Orchestra, Children’s Choirs, and Praise Band of Trinity Baptist Church will lead us in these celebrations. I hope that you will make these worship experiences a priority and take the time to invite friends, family and neighbors.