This morning, we finished up our series about loving others like Jesus loves us. It’s been a great reminder from Pastor Tim about being a church of love. Since today was the culmination of the series, I included songs that really challenged people in this area. I’ve been waiting for just the right time to use “By Our Love” by Christy Nockels, and this seemed to be the perfect time to use it. Sheri did a fabulous job on the solo, and I accompanied her on piano; no band on this one, just voice and piano. It’s nice to do that once in a while.
Using click tracks/loops is getting much more comfortable. We’re using primarily the click tracks from Praise Charts, since that’s where we get the majority of music. It’s great how everything matches up! Today, our second keyboard player was gone, so I noticed how much the loop fills in with the organ/strings sounds, especially on “I Will Follow” and “Hosanna”. Ableton Live is great, I have to say! It’s become such a useful tool in this area! Once I discovered that I could change the tempo of a click, even ones with loops and still hold the tuning, that was a game changer. Now we can find the perfect tempo for each song (which is critical!!), and match the click/loop to that, instead of trying to play a song slower than we normally do. It’s put everyone much more at ease. You can see the Planning Center detail
s for this service.
Cafe Connection Service
I led in the Cafe today, with the same songs as in the Contemporary. The team did great today! We weren’t sure if Brenda would be able to sing, since she hardly had a voice when she came in this morning, but God is good, and her voice held out for the morning. I have to get a separate keyboard, though, for the Cafe! Right now, we need to carry our (fairly large – 88 key) Yamaha S90 ES back and forth from our Family Life Center to our sanctuary each time I lead in the Cafe; both Thursday night and Sunday. That’s a lot of back and forth! Can anyone recommend a nice keyboard to use? I’m looking for one that’ fairly simple, nothing fancy with good keyboard sounds – piano, organ, strings, pads. You can see the Planning Center details
for this service.
- Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord, God Almighty!
- O For A Thousand Tongues to Sing
- O God Our Help in Ages Past
- Lead On, O King Eternal
- I Want to Be Like Jesus
- The Servant Song
Rick led the team in the Cafe this morning, since I was in the Cafe, and from what I heard, they did a great job! You can see the Planning Center details
for this service. We weren’t able to stream our services this morning, since part of our camera system is being repaired so I’m not able to give you a link to any recordings from today.