Archive for July, 2012

I have some amazing news.

Our church held a capital campaign for this exact project. We have the money. We bought the material. We are doing it this coming Thursday. There will be pictures. And rejoicing. But before that happens, you need to know more of the process that we went through to get this project off the ground.

First, we got professional consultation. It was decided that we should get the pros in our building to both vet the work that I had done as well as provide their own expert opinion. At first I was a little ruffled, having done so much work and research. Luckily that was quelled in short order by my simple desire to get it done. The good news is that the logic and research in the document I had produced was spot on…always good to know your sources aren’t out of whack. The bad (not really) news was that my proposal called for a VERY aggressive treatment, making our big room sound like a coat closet. Not a bad idea for accuracy, but not a good one for natural sounding acoustics.

We hired Pacific Audio Works, who came in, blew some sounds out of a speaker and basically drew up a digital readout of our room and its various problems. They tried out some different treatment options in the digital world to find what would work best, sent us the report, and…voila! We had a working model for what our treatment should look AND sound like.

Before we get to the diagrams they gave us (in the next post, that is), I should make an important announcement. These guys at PAW are amazing. Being in the same room as them makes you smarter. They made it very very clear that building your own panels can be the start of a long and painful road (not to mention expensive). You don’t get support, expert advice or installation when you do it the way we are. That means that A) We are doubly accountable for the money spent on this project and B) We have nobody to cry to when it doesn’t turn out the way we want it. For anyone wanting to do this kind of thing either at your home or at a church…know the risks. Even going the cheap way, we are cruising through nearly $2,000 to do this.

I am not afraid to say that I recommended that we go pro, which would cost about $7,500 for the same level of treatment. It was just one of those moments of disagreement, and it wasn’t a hill that I was willing to die on.

That warning aside, the next two posts will contain some of the documentation they gave us to show you the problems we have and how they can be fixed, as well as some construction pictures. I’ll also include a cost breakdown once it is all up and we can take stock of what we have left over.

Feel free to ask some questions about the process.


This post has two purposes. Firstly, it is the kickoff of this blog’s participation in the larger community of worshipers writing about their Sunday music experience. Secondly, it gives me the excuse to take a particular song out of the list and encourage you with it. Before that, here was the intended set list. Forewarning…I try to find the most accurate videos according to what kind of arrangement we do, and the visuals, predictably, can be corny. Here they are:

Shout for Joy
Happy Day
Your Love Never Fails
He Knows My Name

We wound up not doing that last tune and instead repeated Your Love Never Fails, since the message rested very heavily on the later verses in Romans 8. That, for me, was a mini revelation. I had preached and prayed in mid-song before about Romans 8:28 as it relates to this song. Here is the Scripture, and the part of the song that talks about it.

Maybe it was my lack of attention to the REST of the song, or maybe the Holy Spirit showed me something new, but just look at how well the rest correlates to the later parts of Romans 8!

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That verse is the crux of the entire song. Even as the song opens, it says “Nothing can separate, even if I ran away, Your love never fails. I know I still make mistakes, but you have new mercies for me everyday, Your love never fails.”

Granted, these particular phrases can be found elsewhere in Scripture, but once tied to the line “You make all things work together for my good”, it becomes clear what part of Scripture inspired this song.

Let it be known in your soul…nothing you do or anyone else does can separate you from the love of God. There is but a single unforgivable sin, and that is to resist the call of God in this lifetime. Understand that Jesus paid the highest price for you, believe and live knowing that he is your rescuer from sin. Do that, and every wrong thing you have done or will do will be removed from you. You will be declared righteous, and made into a saint.

“No power in the ‘verse” can stop the love of God.