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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!


Sunday Setlist Dec. 28th – My Pastoral Observation Day

So I wasn’t leading worship today but Fred’s down for some observational Sunday Setlists over at his Sunday Setlists Blog Carnival so here we go: 

Today, I wore the Preacher hat and my great friends Matt and Alyssa led worship. It was wildly awkward and intense at the same time. It was pretty cool though being the guy working with the worship leader instead of being the worship leader working with ‘the guy.’ Haha! 
So after sharing with Matt and Alyssa what I was going to be speaking on, they developed a killer set of songs:

  1.  Wholly Yours – Crowder 
  2. All Creatures of Our God & King (2) – Crowder 
  3. You’re Beautiful – Phil Wickham 
  4. Amazing Love (You are My King)
  5. OffertoryTrue Love – Phil Wickham
  6. Post communion/sermonAmazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Looking back on it now it’s pretty hilarious that from 6 of the songs: 2 are Wickham tunes and 2 are Crowder tunes but I couldn’t care less, it was so great having a collection of songs like this. Our new worship leader’s got a great talent for her style of songs but this is so much more up my alley. It was a great morning! 

I absolutely love True Love and it was so great that Matt and I both thought that it would be a great fit. Matt was anticipating doing it solo similar to the Singalong version but the band was able to fill in and gave it this great acoustic vibe that was somewhere between Singalong and the Cannons version! A highlight of the morning. 

If there could be a criticism of the morning worship, it’s that we had too many ‘worship’ songs! HA. Structurally, All Creatures, You’re Beautiful, and Amazing Love are all very similar. The songs makes its way through and ends to then go into a pseudo build tag.
For All Creatures it’s the swelling Oh, Alleluias
For You’re Beautiful it’s the I see you’re face.
And for Amazing Love it’s the You are my king.  

So looking back at that grouping, a change in the endings or order or even song selection itself might have worked better, however, I’m curious if anyone in the congregation even noticed that at all? Regardless, it made for a wonderfully worshipful experience. 

And your Sunday?


This Day in Music – Phil Wickham

I just can’t get enough of Phil Wickham. (Go now and immediately purchase Cannons in case you’ve lived under a rock and don’t have it yet!)

So, imagine me bouncing like a giddy school boy finding these 2 incredible gems in my Google Reader today!

True Love – live in Studio. Kudos Dustin!

True Love – Music Video. Kudos Phil Wickham! and apparently the creative people at Shining Beacon.

The talent behind Phil Wickham that blows me away is that this song sounds complete and fine all by itself with just him and his acoustic. This is what I experienced live in concert sandwiched between the energy of The Myriad and Crowder on the Remedy tour and he held his own! I thought I’d get he and his acoustics on CD as well but what I got were beautiful full band arrangements of the songs I fell in love with…and I love! Then I found out he blogs as well!! Come on! What’s not to love 🙂

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