Worship Confessional – April 20th – THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

Ah the dreaded Blue Screen of Death! That’s right. We’re at roughly 8 minutes until the first service is about to start. That’s only 3 minutes until the prelude is to begin with our video countdown when all of a sudden our Welcome logo that’s up on the screen and TVs up fronts flashes to a giant Blue Screen of Death! Honestly, the first thing that the worship team and I did was laugh about this and begin a festive discussion about Windows. Then it occurred to me that I should try to be of some assistance! There was really nothing to do but reboot. The actual culprit was the DVD player. For some reason it decided it didn’t want to run DVDs that morning and so our tech tried burning a new DVD right quick to see if that would provide a solution and in the middle of the burn the computer froze up and went AWOL.

Everything powered up pretty much just in time and the MediaShout script was saved so no real damage was done other than start off a morning quite eerily on the day that our Pastor preached from Luke 4 and discussed Spiritual Warfare and the existence of demons and angels! So, mental note, don’t forget to pray over the technology when preparing for worship! HAHA.

The songs yesterday were:

  1. O Worship the King – G
  2. Here I am to Worship – E
  3. Beautiful One – G
  4. Raise up the Crown (All Hail) – E
  5. A Mighty Fortress is Our God – C

This was my 1st time back leading worship since Easter and it felt great! I wish I’d videoed it for you. I pulled double duty and played the Korg Triton and Guitar for O Worship the King AT THE SAME TIME and then led A Mighty Fortress on the Korg at the end as well. I was quite the multi-tasker!

Since we have had 3 other people leading worship in my absence and 2 of them were candidates for the Worship Leader position I wanted to set up from the very get go that we were here to worship and not compare me to the the people who’d led up front over the past few weeks. An insurmountable task I know because that’s just what we instinctively do, however, the first 3 songs were very important to me to put forth that message and theme. It’s also why I tried to mix things up a bit. We did a few hymns. 2 with a little revamp and choruses added, 1 very traditional, 2 tried and true worship tunes, 1 rockin’ and 1 reverent. I think this will probably be something I’ll hold on to very tightly until our new leader is chosen and gets here.

The big to do was A Mighty Fortress. Garnett wanted to close with it and try as I might I could not come up with a way that I was satisfied with playing it on the guitar. So beginning on Friday I began learning it on the keys. I found a HUGE pipe organ sound and banged that sucker out. My 7th grade piano teacher would have been proud. Especially since I haven’t really played the piano since high school and that was with my simple 2 years of lessons. The downside was that I couldn’t play AND sing it at the same time. Fortunately, I had 2 back up singers and I was belting out the melody line on the Korg.
Ironically, despite all the positive feedback I received on Sunday, our Worship Planning team didn’t like it!
HA. It’s ironic because they’re the ones who like the traditional versions and styles more than me and I was very pleased 🙂


5 Responses to “Worship Confessional – April 20th – THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH”

  1. April 22, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    BSOD, never good but in that context even worse! Good thing God’s people have a sense of humor!

  2. April 22, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Nothing like the computer taking a dump right before worship!

  3. April 22, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    Yep. Hymns are tricky.

  4. April 23, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I have had that happen once to me the computer froze up about 3 minutes before the service and the slides that we edited during practice weren’t saved.Luckily we were able to fix that without having to restart the computer. I have also had a power surge and all the sound stuff turned off for about a minute during one of the songs. That was fun.:)

  5. April 24, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    man, one of the funniest things I’ve seen was one of those huge LED “Daily” billboards in the most highly visible spot of town, and it was sporting the “blue screen of death” for a few hours, haha!

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