Sunday Worship – Sept. 7th After Gustav

Well the church received power on Friday so we were extremely happy to hold worship in the AC…with coffee…visuals up and running…PA system…with coffee…cold water…with coffee…did I mention the coffee 🙂

Even with the power back on we decided to stick to the plan of what we had intended on doing for today. However, instead of playing unplugged, we were able to play more like usual. Here’s what I went with today:

  • Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster style
  • Holy is the Lord – Chris Tomlin
  • Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

It was a pretty special Sunday. We actually had a great turnout for worship today. We took some time between Holy is the Lord and Blessed Be Your Name to have a very interactive share time where people were able to share their eventful week with everyone and had a joint time of prayer which concluded with Blessed Be Your Name.

I did something a bit different with Blessed Be Your Name this time around. We typically play it very, VERY With or Without You! (Pssst…it’s the exact same chord progression!) This time around I played it in the key of G and each time around we started small in the verse, built up the pre-chorus and then dropped out for the chorus and had just the voices sing. The bridge was actually the “biggest” part of the song. It was a nice deviation from what we normally do and felt really appropriate after our joint share and prayer time. People really sang out, I think it joined everyone together no matter what their experience was like this past week!

I’ve found God working very thematically with me lately. Last week was the Glory theme and this week it was about the Strength God gives His people. We have all this beautiful imagery in Everlasting God:

  •  Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
  • You (GOD) are the defender of the weak
  • You (GOD) are the comforter of those in need
  • You (GOD) lift us up!
  • YOU do not faint nor grow weary

Holy is the Lord simply states that our strength comes from the joy of the Lord. I found that fascinating that we could be given strength through God’s delight! And in doing so it causes us to celebrate!

We’ve got a lot of tired and worn out people at our church with everything Gustav has brought. I thought it was a great reminder that this is a time that God hasn’t forgotten about us. God’s not on a holiday and unaware with what’s happening in the Gulf of Mexico and Baton Rouge. In the midst of even a hurricane, He’s still glorified! It was a great morning!

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7 Responses to “Sunday Worship – Sept. 7th After Gustav”

  1. 1 Steve
    September 7, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    I have found that times of sharing and praying together are some of the greatest moments of Sunday morning worship. Love your sensitivity to God’s leading of “thematic” praise.

  2. September 8, 2008 at 6:20 am

    Nice dynamics in blessed be your name. Great set.

  3. September 8, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Great post! And I like the description of what you did with “Blessed Be Your Name”.

  4. September 8, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I too thank you for the tip about blessed be your name

  5. September 9, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Great set and really happy to hear that all is ok…

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