Yes there is music at Cornerstone. There is art and seminars and commerce. There is so much going on at Cornerstone that it is easy to lose sight that all of us at Cornerstone share a common bond through Christ. It is easy to get swept up in the excitement, so it is vital that we touch base with our faith and Cornerstone makes that easy.
Each morning there are at least four organized worship services, their is a prayer tent and spontaneous worship gatherings sprout throughout the grounds. All of that in addition to the hundreds of Christians, who make music in the secular world on a daily basis, flexing their freedom to express their love for Christ from stage.
Come & Live, Anchor Fellowship
Ian captured the full day majesty of Cornerstone 2010′s Come & Live day at the Anchor Fellowship tent. We did see the majestic music of Preson Phillips and took our first steps into the world of Men Without Trees, but I was disappointed I missed some of the other high points like so long forgotten and Ascend The Hill.
We did experience a special moment as one of the Anchor Fellowship worship groups, We Are Creation, took us deep into the spirit with this eight minutes of worship.
Cornerstone 2010 Worship by We Are Creation
As I filmed this special moment I fought the desire throw my camera down and engage in the worship. When I left the tent there was prayer all around and Debbie , who was sitting outside at the back of the tent was sobbing i our golf cart.
Preson Phillips and his musical friends then took us deep into spiritual, acoustic music.
Cornerstone 2010 Worship with Preson Philips
Mickey, the drummer told us “I just remove my shoes and I am standing on Holy Ground. I just have fun, joyful in that Holy place of worship.”
Cornerstone 2010 simulated youth camp each morning at the Gallery Stage. The Gallery Stage is the second most popular stage at Cornerstone. It traditionally features big name performers who prefer a more intimate musical setting. At Cornerstone 2010 the Gallery featured Seabird, Iona, Paper Route, Brooke Waggoner and Over The Rhine.
But the largest crowds we saw all week was at the Gallery Stage as the Alive Band led worhsip through music and drama and different speakers shared their hearts each morning. We had a beautiful video of Alive Band but I erased it.
Adam Dorband, the youth pastor at Metro South Church in Trenton, Michigan discussed with us the concept of passionately pursuing God by alternatively seeking Him and serving Him. Adam made the point if you spend all of your time seeking God, you become a soft Christian. If you spend all of your time trying to serve God you become dry and brittle.
In addition to our experiences of worship at Cornerstone 2010, the Main Stage featured morning worship and devotionals each day at 9:00 a.m. The Raging Storm Stage held a Church service every morning from 10:00 to noon. Anchor Fellowship hosted two hours of “Anchor Monastery”, a period of quiet contemplative meditation and prayer from 10:00 to noon each day.
The Jesus Village Flying Circus Dinner Theater and Fish Camp hosted Children’s Worship everyday from noon to 1:oo p.m. Starting at 1:00 each day the Jesus Village hosted an hour of testimony and discussion with artist such as Aaron Weiss of mewithoutyou, Mark Nicks of Cool Hand Luke and Jeremy Siegrist of Illalogical Spoon, Naphtail Marshall of Photoside Cafe and Edie Goodwin of Headnoise. We did not make it to these sessions in 2010 but in prior visits to Cornerstones we watched in amazement as amazing artists and musicians, such as these, poured their hearts onto the stage for everyone to share.
Cornerstone is many things. During a visit you can make it about one thing or another. At Cornerstone 2010 you could spend significant amounts of each day experiencing these wonderful worship opportunities. While our Cornerstone 2010 was a full and rich experience for us, in writing this article I am feeling a bit of regret that I did not participate more fully in these worship experiences. Even with all of the noise and all of the commerce God was fully present at Cornerstone 2010.