I couldn't decide whether to put this in a "blog" post or what, but felt that I did want to write something about it, somewhere. It's something I knew I should be doing in my head, but hadn't experienced the importance of until this Sunday.
I went to the church 30 mins prior to anyone else arriving for rehearsal and just started to worship. Mostly playing piano. Just worshipping and praying. After about 30 mins, it was crazy - it was like the Holy Spirit was showing up. The others started arriving and it didn't matter, I just kept playing, and nobody said too much (which was good, LOL). Then after another 10 mins or so, I was "done" and stopped to get plugged in, and nobody was talking too much, but everything just felt GOOD. We had a great rehearsal. We had a great service. It was less like "business as usual" and more like "worship" (gasp!).
I guess it really just hit home for me that I had been treating rehearsal like rehearsal, instead of like worship. Maybe it's like the progressions in the temple. Entering into the courts, then into the holy place, then into the most holy place. Worshipping before doing *anything* else (including visiting with each other) seemed to invite God into the place, you know? It's hard to describe, but I found myself thinking, "YEAH, i want MORE!" :)