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Sunday Setlist Aug. 30th – “BEST” Ever!

So this week I was terribly busy prepping for leading worship at River and for our normally scheduled youth activities then we got the rest of the equipment for the FireStudio and wanted to install and set that up as well. SO CRAZY! I think most of my struggle came from wanting to do what I wanted to do for music on Sunday instead of shutting up and listening to the Spirit lead me because once I did that everything came together! Here’s how it went down:

True Love – Phil Wickham – E
Happy Day – Tim Hughes – C

Morning Music:
O, for 1,000 Tongues to Sing – Crowder – G
How He Loves – Crowder – A
I Love You Lord – ??? – D
Jesus Paid it All – Kristian Stanfill – A

Offertory: Your Name – Phil Wickham’s version with Paul Baloche – G

Communion: None But Jesus – Hillsong – C

Closing song:
In Christ Alone – Matt Papa – E

So…YEAH…that’s a lot of songs for us! But it was terribly fun. The team killed too! We just had electric, bass, drums, 2 backing vocals, and I swapped from acoustic to electric and back. The two backing vocals were students and I actually had picked None But Jesus for them to sing together for Communion and when we got to practice once said “OH, I LOVE that first acoustic song on there!” So I had them sing True Love as well 🙂 It was awesome seeing these two girls take it on like that!

The next thing you might notice are keys. This past year not leading worship, I’ve really become aware of how a key can kill any idea of me singing on Sunday morning or promote me to really sing out. I also noticed that when I just show up to church, I haven’t warmed up or practiced or done anything to help promote my ability to sing THEREFORE when I lead I need to be uber-aware that I’m singing with a bunch of people just like that! So I dropped the keys for How he Loves, Jesus Paid it All, and In Christ Alone. I’ve got to say, I was pretty anxious about that decision and whether the songs would sound flat or dull but they didn’t and it proved to be a great decision because WOWZERS I heard people singing out!

Lastly, the theme of the morning was where God really showed up! We had a guest preacher this week and that’s always hairy because while my advice was to “pick songs on the name of Jesus and the transforming power of His name. And I’d really like Your Name done” that’s a real wide berth to operate under. However, the songs and the message were 1 huge arrow pointing towards Jesus and it was like we sat down side by side and handpicked all the songs together to highlight portions of his message. I guess we did by allowing the Holy Spirit to work us 🙂
I had 2 “themes” I was working: the love of Jesus showcased by 1,000 Tongues and How He Loves that transferred into a response song with I love You Lord and focused on the cross: Jesus Paid it All. What was ridiculous was how perfectly that set everything up and In Christ Alone was a great exclamation point for the day.

I’m still reeling on the morning and how it went but I’ve rambled long enough. More on that this afternoon.

As always check out the rest of the Sunday Setlists at Fred‘s Blog Carnival!


Easter at RCC

Yeah I know we’ve all finally decompressed from Easter but I just enjoyed the mess out of Easter and I’d like to get back into the swing of my Worship Confessionals. With our worship leader candidates coming in, I don’t have the opportunity much to enjoy these.  The most important thing that God showed me again because for some reason I need to be reminded over and over again, is that even in the best laid plans and the ones that fall to pieces, He is in control! It’s a pretty special thing to truly feel that and definitely a wonderful thing to remember and know it!  My intentions for Sunday were as planned:

  • Nice full band! – Drums, bass, keys, 3 guitars, 2 male lead vocalists, 2 female vocalists!
  • Special music! – Tim Hughes’ Happy Day as a prelude & Rich Mullins/Third Day’s Creed
  • Maximum spread on style! – Hymns, new music, old music, everyone’s happy!
  • Special video! – Amena Brown slaying us with the great news of the Resurrection!

So when that week went down like this:

  • Keys player botching rehearsal night and not able to make it.
  • Guest musician’s family gets sick and there goes extra guitar, female vocalist, & additional male vocalist.
  • Drummer gets in an auto accident the day before.
  • We’re not doing Creed because of time constraints.
  • It doesn’t appear we’re covering various styles because even though we’re doing the lyrics of the hymns and older songs I’ve totally used revamped versions or created a modern musical tapestry that strips the old comfortableness away from them.

I was feeling a bit downtrodden! A bit unsure of myself and what was going to happen on High Holy Sunday! I even spewed forth my uneasiness here on the blog!

But Easter came and it was amazing what God does. So our band wasn’t huge, it was full though. We nixed Creed but I’ve heard great things about our opener and about the arrangements of the songs we chose. Love, love, love for Amena Brown and her ministry! And worship happened! I tried to honor God through preparation and attempting to maximize our resources at our church and it didn’t happen. I’ve been encouraged and inspired and motivated by what some of you did for Easter. It wasn’t us this year. But it didn’t matter. God was glorified and celebrated and it was His name that we sung about that morning. We played skillfully and joyfully. I lost myself in worship quite a number of times that morning. I saw people responding. I felt like we did the most with what we were given and to those who know nothing else, they would never have known the struggles we had during the week. As far as they could tell, it was exactly as we intended.

To God be the glory!


Incredible Easter Ideas…

If you’ve got something incredible happening then it’s already planned and I’d love to hear it! If you haven’t then maybe you could use some creative help. I’d love to hear what ya’ll are doing. I think this is the coolest thing about blogging, finding out what others in places that I have no physical connection to, I hope you join the discussion.

We’re still trying to refine what we’ve got going on but here’s what we’re doing:

  • Maundy Thursday – Seder Family Dinner
  • Good Friday – Showing The Passion of the Christ
  • Saturday – Easter Egg Hunt and Family Brunch
  • Easter Sunday – we’ve got some special music, I think we’ll do Tim Hughes’ Happy Day as a prelude. I’ve been dieing to introduce it and I think this would be a great time to do that. We’re also using this Amena Brown video called Resurrection. If you haven’t heard of Amena Brown yet you are missing out! She is SICK! Creative spoken word artist is the best way I know how to describe her. Go get floored and pick up her EP. We have some baptisms which are always special. But I’m still looking for that one thing to do. Our pastor just had a brain burp with a new idea for what he could preach on so we’re kind of at bay until he decides which direction he wants to go in.

So what are you doing? What would you like to do? What have you not figured out?

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