When leading worship

I was working on a project tonight with some music playing in the background and my mind wandered to our worship team at church. Most are young and still growing spiritually. I consider it a blessing to be able to pour into them what has been poured into me, but it can be frustrating at times. As I thought about some recent discussions I had with a few of them, I felt compelled to write an email to them. Below is what I wrote, and I felt it needed to be shared.
When you sing or play, as we lead the church into worship together, be confident in the words that are being sung.
Understand that this is truth being spoken into every ear that hears, every mind that listens and every heart that it reaches.
Take a moment and forget what you have practiced.
Forget the melody.
Forget the harmony.
Forget the chords.
Forget the rhythm.
Seek the truth in the song.
Get lost in it.
Let the Spirit lead you to sing a new song, one that has been given to you and no one else.
Let Him lead you to play a new chord, one that you have never practiced.
Let His presence define a new rhythm, one that has not been heard before.
What He does in that moment is unique to what He is doing at that time.
It cannot be mimicked, cannot be duplicated.
But if you seek Him and His truth, and you will find it and it will be new and refreshing.

Installing Mac OS X 10.6.6 on VirtualBox

For my fellow tech geeks. This is a brief summary of the steps I had to take to get Mac OS X 10.6.6 working on a virtual machine on an Ubuntu server. These instruction are slightly modified from instruction i found in this article.
  1. Install Virtual Box
  2. Get EmpireEFI
  3. Create VM with EFI disabled on the machine. I chose 20GB HD with 1GB RAM. (Having the virtual disk on a separate disk is optimal)
  4. Boot the VM to EmpireEFI ISO
  5. When prompted, unmount EmpireEFI and mount 10.6.6 CD. Press F5, select the OSX CD and hit Enter.
  6. Open Disk Utility, select the disk and create a new partition.
  7. Close Disk Utility and continue the installation.
  8. When it asks to reboot, be sure to boot to the EmpireEFI ISO first, then mount the OSX CD, select the hard drive (not CD) and press Enter to continue the installation.
  9. Once installation is complete, remount the EmpireEFI ISO and install the post-installation package.

All in all, a lot simpler than expected. There was no need for a hacked CD or anything. Occasionally it may not boot right, but a simple reboot or three usually fixes that.