Al Lowry and Rick Paul played in the worship band at The Gate in Rancho Santa Margarita, California. One Sunday morning in early 2010, the pastor, David Habib Bardowell, was preaching a sermon and used a graphic example of three chairs. There was a small chair for a child, a middle-sized one for a teen, and a full-sized one for an adult. Pastor Bardowell indicated the empty chairs were meant to be filled — i.e. God wouldn’t provide the church with extra chairs. During the second service that morning, Al handed Rick a quick draft lyric he’d written, inspired by this sermon, saying, “you write the music.” A few weeks later, Rick took Al’s lyric as a starting point and began writing what eventually became this song.
The song unfolds as a sequence of scenes. The first two scenes depict common scenarios that lead non-churchgoers to seek out a church, such as being disillusioned with the ways of the modern world or feeling alone in the world. The third scene continues with feeling at home in a local church, be it singing songs of worship or praying silently. The final scene progresses to evangelism in the form of leading others who may have similar needs to a church home.
Performed, produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Rick Paul.
Cover artwork and photography by Rick Paul.
Release Date: August 1, 2010