Last night, Walnut Street College Ministry Epic here in the ville hosted the Shanes and the newly married Bethany Dillon - Mrs. Shane...
I sat in a normal spot for concerts - balcony, by myself, Bible, journal and pen in hand.
Bethany was pretty good. Here are some lines or thoughts from the first 45 minutes:
"Sky explodes in praise to you" - one of the reasons I love creation!
"All I can say is Hallelujah" - Whatever is in front of me - help me to sing. I love the grace driven focus of these lyrics - we can't praise him on our own - we need help with that too.
Then we took a small break and the Shanes got up there. They are really about the only concert I've been to in the last 4 years of so...I love there Word-centered lyrics and their harmonies, and the lack of "show" - there are no light shows or dancing up and down or mosh pits. Most people come to worship at their concerts.
Last night they sang a bunch of their stuff. They had just finished recording a Christmas CD (can't wait) and sang O Holy Night - man, what harmonies.
"May the vision of you be the death of me" - still one of the most convicting lines in any of their songs.
They sang the Answer. That is the first song I ever heard by them, and Psalm 100 at UNC did it at one of their concerts - I have loved them ever since. Piper would be happy with their Christian Hedonist message in that song.
Finished with a song we sang in chapel earlier in the day "Before the Throne of God Above" - again - what power to know that we serve a Savior who is ALIVE and WELL and interceded for me! :)