Romans 12 says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God — this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This verse directs us to use everything we are, all of the gifts we have been blessed with to worship God.
One of the ways I have done this is by running lights. Lighting is my art form, the way I express myself visually. Lighting is all about creating an atmosphere and building emotion, using lights in worship allows me to channel those emotions up to God. Every time I light a worship service it’s like a dialogue with my Creator, I express my love and appreciation through light and colour and He responds with the renewing of my mind.
In addition to the creative aspect of lighting, I have found that while I am using my gifts to run lights, I am also more receptive to the lyrics in the songs and the ideas shared by the teacher. I am more able to absorb God’s word and the message he wants me to hear. The reality is that none of this, no part of this service, would be possible if God didn’t take the little bit each of us can contribute and turn it into so much more.
Every week in the tech booth here at TMP, right before the service begins, we read a prayer from Ephesians 3; it reads “and now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus”.