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Sunday Setlist March 29 – I’m baaaaaack


Today was my first time back up front leading worship in a loooooong time. I know it’s the first time this year! And it was GREAT!

1st: The songs –

All to You – Lincoln Brewster – E
Wholly Yours – David Crowder*Band – G
I Will Not Forget You – ??? – G
Hosanna – Hillsong United – E

Offering – You’re Beautiful – Phil Wickham – Eb

Closing – Oh, Praise Him – Crowder – G

2nd: The team –

3 female backup vox
1 male backup vox
3 guitars: 1 acoustic + 1 electric + me on my Gretsch

Put those together and what have you got? Bippity Boppity BIGNESS! Oh man, it was FULL! I mean, I don’t typically like alot of backup vocals. I think harmonies can get in the way sometimes but since it was my first time back in a loooong time, I put a call in to some dear friends of mine who used to fill in for me when I led worship and would be out of town. Well this time we could do it together! They’re a husband and wife team with a best friend and they just work incredibly well together. I added a student of mine who loves to sing and so the vocals were STACKED. We had fun trading off lead parts as well which was great for me.

I led All to You and Wholly Yours completely by myself.
I split verses with Matt on I will Not Forget You and Oh, Praise Him.
Matt led You’re Beautiful.
Alyssa led Hosanna.

Another BIGNESS came from 3 guitars! Seriously, there’s no other way to go! Matt led rhythmically on his acoustic, Jim did lead on the electric, and I filled in the between on my Gretsch. It was so much fun for me because I didn’t have to do alot honestly ๐Ÿ™‚ I got to play simple clean stuff or with mild distortion to build some bigness. It really showed though. I’ve played Oh, Praise Him easily 1,000 times but this was the best time ever!

We pushed 95/96 which also a great way to fill the room. We kind of had to with the intensity of the songs!

Such a great morning all around! Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

How was your Sunday? Have you participated in Fred’s Sunday Setlist? You should!


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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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:

  • ย 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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Worship Textfessional – Feb 10

This was a River KidStuf weekend so it was “short” services on Sunday. Here’s what happened:

  • Everlasting God – A – Lincoln Brewster style
  • O Praise Him – G – David Crowder*Band
  • Glory in the Highest – A – Chris Tomlin
  • Tasting Forgiveness – G – Robbie Seay Band

So, like I said, short Sunday. Only 3 songs up front. We actually rolled announcements on the screen during the offertory time and I played Hillsong United’s Introduction via the iPod. We finished up the message and began communion and we played Tasting Forgiveness while people down hoping that “maybe this time the bread and the wine would be more than food on my lips” as they tasted forgiveness ๐Ÿ™‚ I just love that song! Plus it was a great fit with Garnett’s message.

YET I MUST CONFESS…I’ve heard it said that: speakers should speak and singers should sing. Sometimes though I decide to throw caution to the wind and disregard that little nugget of wisdom. Mostly it works, usually because I feel either led to say something about the song we’re about to do or have just done, or because I’ve prepared a scripture reading or something…not this time. This was classic Winging It 101 and it was disastrous! It had the best intentions: our Middle School group Impact takes up the 1st two rows on the right side of the sanctuary in the 1st service and they were excited that morning and totally into things. I really missed them in the 2nd service but some jabber rambling nonsense poured forth from my mouth and I just couldn’t stop. It felt like I had jumped from a plane without a parachute and there was no recovery until I hit bottom and so it went. I don’t even know how we got to O Praise Him. Maybe I just started playing. Awful.

The upside was Glory in the Highest is just a righteous song and although we had a bit of floundering around in the intro (again in the 2nd service) that song is just so simple and so powerful that by the time it was over I don’t think anyone could have possibly remembered the shenanigans of earlier. I was saying I wouldn’t do any more Tomlin tunes for a while but that song is just to great to pass up.

So Church Concentrate: River Community in a hour or less is how it goes on River KidStuf Sundays. Normally scheduled programming back on track this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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