On Friday evening I drove up to Katoomba with Josh and Ivan to Engage; a conference run for Christians with a particular focus on work. This year the speakers are Matt Chandler from The Village Church in Highland Village, Texas, USA and William Taylor from St Helens, Bishopsgate in London, UK. Their overall topic is A Faith that Works.
I won’t go into the talks in this post, each one of them require a post to run through the content and application.
The worship sessions were encouraging as we lifted our voices to God in song, there were a number of older songs with a new spin. We sang a hymn called O, Thy fount of every blessing written back in 1764 which contained some older language like interposed, fetter and Ebenezer. When we sang the word Ebenezer; I, along with the majority of the congregation I assume, was confused at the meaning. A google search led me to Apologetics Press which gives a great explanation that Ebenezer means stone of help, and originates in 1 Samuel 7. This was explained by one of the committee members on Sunday morning, after we’d sung the hymn several times over the weekend.
I was a little upset by the balance of instruments and vocals from up the front. The vocals weren’t pushed loud enough over the instruments, so there was times where I wasn’t able to follow the lead of the song leaders due to not being able to hear them. This is particularly difficult when a large proportion of the songs aren’t familiar.
Overall it was an enjoyable weekend of great and challenging bible teaching, fellowship with church family and reflection and reorientation to Gods agenda.