I love house concerts.
There is something special about being invited into someone’s home and sharing a much more intentional, intimate collection of songs than could be shared in a performance hall, stadium, or church setting.
Last night Polen Band performed a House Concert at a house in Mt. Eaton, OH. It was a blast.
The home owner brought in a nice little flatbed trailer and parked it at the edge of the driveway. We set up on the trailer, which pointed to a large patch of green grass perfect for lawn chairs and fellowship. The home owner also popped endless bags of popcorn and provided some delicious lemonade.
The stage was set for an amazing night! Then, right at the start, at about exactly the time when the home owner was finished introducing us, the entire sound system crashed.
I have no idea why or how that happened, but it did. So… I did what I had to do. I jumped down from the stage and just led a few familiar worship songs with my unplugged acoustic guitar from the grass.
After about three songs, we were back up and running. Well, almost. For some unknown reason my microphone still did not work. So I grabbed a different microphone and we were finally up and running.
We had an awesome night of worship. It was such a blessing to be out in the open air praising God. If you have any desire to host a House Concert, contact me and let me know. We can do anything from a full system House Concert (like we did last night) to a way more simple acoustic guitar only in a living room.
Two specific highlights that stood out to me from last night were:
There was one young child who danced and sang along for the entire evening. What a fun blessing! Sometimes in a typical “church” setting, having a child run around and explode with joy can feel like a distraction (sometimes more for the parents than for everyone else). It did not feel like a distraction last night at all (not to me, at least). It felt a little more like a model for us to aspire to.
Watching the joy of this young child reminded me of the words from Jesus in Mark 10 (and similarly in Matthew 18).
13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.Mark 10:13–16, ESV
The other highlight that stood out to me was that at the end of the night, after we had finished playing our last song, the home owner came up and had a few final words. In his final words, he asked us to come back up and play a song from Tim Timmons called “Rest My Soul”.
I have not played that song in a LONG time! I barely remembered the words. (I may have actually taken the liberty to change a few of the words in the second verse—not because the original words are lacking, but because I was personally lacking memory of the correct words.)
The song and the request reminded me, especially in the midst of my own personal busyness, that A LOT of us are feeling busy and potentially somewhat overwhelmed. I don’t know how we get so busy. I don’t know how I get so busy. But I know this… God is good even in the midst of the busyness.
I also know that He does not call us, primarily, into busyness. He calls us to Himself.
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28–30, ESV