114 decibels at church

Beginning next week, I’ll spend a couple days exploring this question: Is it really “evangelism” to practice compassionate and loving actions without explicitly sharing Jesus?

purim_rabbi1.jpg A couple of weekends ago, I reached chapter 9 (the next to last one) of the Book of Esther in my preaching. We had a mini-celebration of the Feast of Purim in all our services. In case you don’t know, that feast commemorates the Jew’s survival, and victory over a legalized holocaust in ancient Persia.

A really bad guy named Haman passed a law to exterminate all the Jews. Through a woman named Esther and a man named Moredecai–and their gutsy faith–God saved the Jews.

To this day, in synagogues, the book of Esther is read aloud. Whenever the name of Haman is read, the people stomp, and boo and his, and use noisemakers to “blot out the name of Haman from off the earth.”

We did that at church. We brought in noisemakers, cookies, and drinks for everybody. I dressed as a very handsome Rabbi. And I read Esther 9 out loud.purim_rabbi2.jpg

Every time I said Haman, the church spun their noisemakers, and clapped and stomped their feet and booed and hissed to blot out Haman’s name.  Our church went crazy!  We had a blast.  Our noise was deafening–somewhere between a jackhammer and a jet airplane.

These pictures are from our Classic service, which features more traditional music, and meets in a more intimate venue next door to our church building.


Since it was Fourth of July weekend, we had a patriotic theme going. Full band, young and old, and great choir!


We kept score with a decibel meter (7 venues) to see who was loudest. First place: THE WELL (114 dB). Second place: CLASSIC (108 dB).  Great job at every service, but The Well has bragging rights.

purim_band.jpgOne day, Jesus will come back, and drown out Haman, and all evil, forever and ever. Can’t wait.

“Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” Revelation 19:15, NKJV.


2 thoughts on “114 decibels at church

  1. As a witness to this service, I want to Thank You for the great fun that I had. You are a blast!!!

  2. Hi Bill,
    This has nothing to do with your blog, but I think we told you Jen and I are building an outdoor kitchen, when we saw you over the fourth. Well, I want to put in a brick pizza oven, have you ever seen one built? Do you have any good pizza recipes? You are the pizza expert and thought maybe you might have some info. Thanks, tell Margi and the kids “hi” and we will try to stay unclenched 🙂 See ya soon,
    The Bryanbakers

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