Music is Fellowship

Happy Monday everybody!

First, I want to acknowledge my month-long absence from blogging. I had some very busy and stressful Mondays, which is no excuse, but I also struggled with and was defeated by my consistency issue. Something happens, and has happened in many aspects of my life, when I miss one time and stop doing something all together. I am working on it 😅

I’m going to ease back in with a short post, because once again, I had a hectic Monday coming off of a very busy week and weekend. Caleb and I spent Tuesday through Saturday in Malibu, California at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. We were joined there by his parents, who made the week all the more special. All of us were physically, spiritually, and mentally encouraged by the lessons, worship, and fellowship we experienced.

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I posted not too long ago about music being community, but singing with thousands of people in glory to our God made the word fellowship come to mind even more than community. Fellowship is friendship, family, oneness, camaraderie, and trust amongst people, even strangers, from all over the world who have a shared focus or goal. I experienced this last week with people I had never met and I am more than grateful for the opportunity.

During some of the worship sessions, I couldn’t help but wonder how our gathering would look to an outsider. An auditorium full of people of every age, gender, socio-economic group, race, background, etc. singing songs that we all seemed to know, without instruments, without sheet music (most of the time), and without hesitation. I think if I were seeing it for the first time, I’d find it odd, powerful, and beautiful. Experiencing it I found it odd, powerful, and beautiful. I was moved in ways my stubborn heart had not allowed for in quite a while, and the music of fellowship contributed to that. I laughed, cried, clapped, and communed with my people, my family in Christ.

Please enjoy this video of us singing with Metro Praise from the Metropolitan Church of Christ in Carson, California. I will admit, I felt weird recording worship because I’ve never done that before. I tried to focus on the words and the music, which is why the video is shaky at times. I apologize!

How Great is Our God from brianna branches out on Vimeo.

Thanks for reading, friends!

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