Two more sleeps 'til we head out of town. The Blair clan will be taking off in the wee hours of Friday morning to drive to Chicago. We'll spend the weekend in ChiTown then head on to The Dells, Wisconsin for a week with extended family.
I've had a busy and semi-stressful week leading up the the trip. This is the first time since I've been on staff at Grace that I will have missed back-to-back Sundays. That trend, in and of itself, is probably not a healthy one. However, the anxiety that I've been through the last week or so, as I've prepared to be gone, is enough to make me wait a while before I do it again.
I've got a fellow by the name of Jason Azevedo filling in for me as the worship leader while I'm away. Jason is involved with the worship ministry at The Meeting House. He's a very gifted guy and, I think, quite competent as a worship leader. I feel like I'm leaving the team in solid hands. Nonetheless, I've got trepidations about everything going smoothly. I've had to get all the music, arrangements and multimedia pulled together for the two weeks before I leave.
In the past, when I've been away for a Sunday, I've just had my own team "wing it" without me, or I've had Mat Fugere from the Village Church in Milton fill in. But I've always come back home to the band saying, "Well, it was interesting..." and others on staff and from the congregation simply saying, "Bart, we really missed you while you were away!" My goal in hiring Jason to fill in is that NO ONE MISSES ME AT ALL! Yes, that's right. I'd love to come back and hear, "Why don't you bring that guy in more often?"