This past Sunday was my final Sunday as The Worship Leader for River Community Church. It’s only fitting that I actually do a confessional for my last hoorah 🙂
Let’s start off with the songs:
Prelude – Song of Hope – Robby Seay Band
1. Awesome is the Lord/City of Blinding Lights – Chris Tomlin/U2
2. Come Thou Fount – David Crowder version
3. Blessed Be Your Name/With or Without You – Matt Redman/U2
4. Sing Alleluia – special with my Mom
6. I Saw the Light – YEEHAH Bluegrass!
Each one of this week’s songs other than Surrender had something special to it. Most all of them I had introduced to the church. It’s definitely the style I took our team musically in.
Last Father’s Day I played Robby Seay’s Faith of Our Fathers and it was the controversy of the year as to whether it was “inappropriate” and this year I decided to play another Robby Seay tune 🙂 We play City of Blinding Lights as the Intro/Outro and 1st verse groove of Awesome is the Lord and I think that’s something special we created here at River. Similarly with Blessed Be Your Name and W/ or W/o You, however I got that idea from Phil at the BaldWorshipLeader.com. Come Thou Fount is one of my favorite hymns to do and I discovered and shared what “Ebenezer” in Vs. 2 means with the congregation. Sing Alleluia was a duet with my Mom who’s on our worship team. I Saw the Light was the inspiration for my idea of doing Bluegrass Sunday which has become one of our traditions here at River. So for me and the team it was a great morning of “Ahh, remember when” with these tunes!
However, the morning was not without it’s “Ahh, holy crap what’s going on!” either. I had a loose cable on my pedal board that caused my Gretsch to go out during Song of Hope. I got so mad I finally stomped on the Wah and it magically came on! After rechecking all my connections I didn’t have any further problems.
Somehow, I still haven’t figured this out, while swapping my Gretsch for my acoustic I managed to pull my microphone stand down. I feel this whap on the back of my head as I set my Gretsch down and see my mic on the floor! I’m still dumbfounded as to how I did that! Looking back, it’s one of the funniest things that’s happened on stage. In the moment all I could sputter was…”Wow…that has never happened before…” as I then bent down to pick up the acoustic. Fortunately, it was before a time I was going to read from 1st Samuel to set up the next song so I just went to scripture to reset my mind 🙂
The team was super and they’re actually doing a painfully great job of reminding me just how great I had it as our Lead Worshipper. Our new Worship Leader even joined with us! She lent her voice, violin, and fiddle and it was an amazing collaborative effort! I’m hugely regretting that all I remembered to record was the last segment of the service. Hopefully you’ll have that tomorrow to see our hoedown!
Thank you River. Thank you team. Thank you God. These past 2 years leading and worshipping with you have been a milestone in my life that I will not forget.