This past weekend, we experienced another awesome time together at the Singalong. But there are still folks who question what it's all about. Here's a snapshot of the what and why of our Saturday Night Singalong!
WHAT IS IT
One misconception is that the singalong is literally just two hours of old fashioned non-stop singing. The thought of that leaves even me a little exhausted! The Singalong actually represents an opportunity to come together and relax, rest, and worship without a rigid schedule as the driving force. I've heard multiple times from folks that attend that it's "unlike anything else we do at Bay Area." I don't think they mean it's revolutionary, it just feels more free and refreshing.
The typical singalong involves an open time of sharing personal testimonies of both struggle and victory. We pray for each other, but not in an invasive way that would make an introvert shrink in fear. We even spend time scattered throughout the building, praying over the various ministries that each room and area represents (i.e. the Deep Blue, the chapel, the Warehouse). We also have the opportunity to take communion, light candles, and more.
Naturally, music is a big part of it, too. We do many of the same favorites from our Sunday morning gatherings, but our engagement with these songs is next-leveled! Ever seen people dance in a conga line to Amazing Grace? No? Then you should come to the Singalong. Because it's happened.
WHY DO WE DO IT
Our culture is always on the go. We commute, live, and work on the edge of arguably the most powerful city in the world. Our kids are in multiple school and sport programs. We have an ever-growing list of social events to make appearances at. It seems as though life is always running at red-line. Unfortunately we often find ourselves carrying this same mentality into our experience at church on Sunday mornings. We have so many things we're trying to accomplish in a 65 minute gathering! So the reason we have the Singalong once a month is a time to let go of all those entrapments and just soak up and be filled as we rest in God's presence.
Honestly I can talk about it till I'm blue in the face. But the only way you will really understand is to come. So I encourage you to do just that. I understand it's a sacrifice. It means giving up a precious Saturday evening. But the reality is that it's not "giving up" at all... it's actually investing it in spiritual rejuvenation.
If you're interested in seeing what our Saturday Night Singalong's look like, check out this video.