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Recreate 2009 : Recap (Day 3)

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Wednesday 4th February

Worship this morning was led by Tenth Avenue North.  I’d recently purchased their cd, so it was great to hear them play and worship with them in a live setting.  The guys have a real heart for God and I could see this in not only what they sang, but in what they said between songs.

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This year Randy led his first session at recreate since it began nine years ago.  It was great to hear a bit more about him and his journey.  He was very open and at times it was visibly difficult for him.  The title of Randy’s talk was ‘The Curse of the Blessings of God’.

He covered so much but the general theme was understanding different ways God can bless us – and just because we’re blessed does not mean we are expected to have it all together.  The church does not make a habit of hiring people with backgrounds similar to those mentioned in Hebrews 11 as founders of our faith.  Why?

I’m tired of people getting fired by people who haven’t been caught.
Randy Elrod.

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After lunch Ken Davis had us all in stitches laughing.  The trouble this man gets himself into is ridiculous.

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After Ken had finished we had a short break and then gathered for a communion service – or Holy Eucharist with Ian Morgan Cron.  I was a bit anxious about this as I had never taken communion in this manner before.  I’m still not even sure of the terminology as I write this, so I can only describe what happened.

Mark Roach supplied the music as Ian led us through the Eucharist service.  Ian sang parts of liturgy (Joel keep me right here) and we responded back in song.

I’d already checked with Ian on Monday that the bread and wine was not going to turn into Jesus’ actual flesh and blood i.e. transubstantiation.  He assured me it would not!  Still, (to be honest) as I sang the words I was inspecting them for any theology that I might have issues with.

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(Photo stole from Jan – thanks!)

After we had finished singing we started to move towards the table to receive the bread and the wine.  I do not know what came over me but I started to sob uncontrollably.  I could not stop.  I could barely see with the tears.  I knelt to receive the bread and dipped it in the cup of wine.  Then shuffled off to the side, still sobbing, while I ate the wine-soaked bread and tried to work out what just happened.

I know a lot of the other attendees were touched by this experience.  We will all remember it for a while.

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We had dinner on Wednesday evening at Saffire, at the Factory in Franklin.  Music was provided by Travis Cottrell and Chris Sligh.

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4 thoughts on “Recreate 2009 : Recap (Day 3)

  1. This post has done little to reduce my jealousy at what you re:creators were able to be part of a couple of weeks ago 🙂

    I’ll just have to live vicariously through you 🙂 – thanks for the detailed posts, Alistair

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  2. The celebration of communion was both deeply moving and deeply painful for me all at the same time – something I’m still trying to figure out and come to terms with. I too wept uncontrollably. I actually loved being served and “blessed” as I took communion, something we don’t do in our tradition, but I’m not sure why. It was special to me. Although it was HARD for me to feel so alone for communion, I think I got a glimpse into what was painful. We’ve had alot of loss in our church in the past three years and I really do equate communion with community – with God AND with others. It’s a family meal. As I wept uncontrollably I realized that God grieves that break in community as well. I don’t know if this makes sense, but I felt like I got a glimpse into the heart of God for us all.

    All that being said, the presence of God was powerful during this time. I felt almost a palpable sense of the Spirit and could hardly move…..did you feel that as well? I wanted to find a corner and lay on my face…..

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  3. Hi Jan, I definitely could feel that God was present during that time of communion. I know God is always there. It was more like we had taken that step closer to Him as we remembered what He has done for us.

    I’m glad I was not the only one bawling my eyes out. 😉

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  4. Thanks for posting this. I have some friends that were at the conference and have read a lot about it over the last week. It sounds like it was a wonderful time, but I cringed just about everytime I heard about the Eucharist service! The evangelical in me just can’t take it! However, after reading your account and a few others, I’m starting to get a glimpse of what an intimate, God-honoring time it was.

    Those moments when we allow Him to grip our hearts are so beautiful.

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