Sunday Recap for 9-6-09

Time for another recap of this morning’s services for the “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com. You can read this and other posts from worship leaders around the country at
http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/09/06/sunday-setlists-59/

This morning’s services went very well, despite the fact that our band was down 3 members! Usually we have drums, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, guitar, and I lead from another keyboard, along with the other singers. With the holiday weekend, we only had guitar, drums, and my keyboard, plus the singers. I wasn’t sure how that would go, but I just went with a little more acoustic sound this morning.

Here’s the setlist:

“Majestic” (Lincoln Brewster)
“Made Me Glad” (Miriam Webster)

“Offering” (Paul Baloche) – during the offering

“Jesus Messiah” (Chris Tomlin) – before Communion

“Mighty is the Power of the Cross” (Chris Tomlin) – during the Bread
– Nice acoustic feel with acoustic guitar, piano and 2 singers

“Nothing But the Blood” (Matt Redman) – during the Cup

I would love to hear ideas on how you do communion. I watched a service online last night where they had the worship songs, then went into communion, and finally the message.

We usually have communion at the end – once a month. But, I’m looking for other creative ideas for how to incorporate that element into a service.

Sunday Recap – 8/30/2009

I’ve really enjoyed participating in the “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com. You can read this and other Sunday recaps from this past Sunday at http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/08/30/sunday-setlists-58/.

We had a great morning of worship yesterday at Bethel. Our songs yesterday:

“Salvation Is Here” (Houston)
“You Are Good” (Houghton)
“Glory to God Forever” (Fee and Beeching)
“Revelation Song” (Riddle)
“Shine” (Redman)

Overall, things went great! We were missing our electric guitar player, so it had a different sound yesterday, but it still all came together. I just had to do more of the lead part on the keyboard.

This is the third Sunday we’ve used “Glory To God Forever”, and people are really starting to know the song, which is great! I love that song!

This is also the 4th week we’ve been trying out Easy Worship. I’ve used Prologue Sunday Plus for the last 7 plus years, but I know it’s time to switch, given what’s going on at that company and since there hasn’t been an update in years! So, I’ve taken a look at Media Shout, Pro Presenter (although we have no Macs in the building), Song Show Plus, and now Easy Worship. Easy Worship is the first program that we’ve actually tested out on a Sunday morning. I thought it was simple enough that our people could learn it during rehearsal and use it on Sunday. I also wanted to get their opinion of whatever we go to, since they’ll be the ones using it the most.

I’ve really enjoyed using Easy Worship the last few weeks, but now my 30 day free trial is up, and I plan to test out Media Shout for the next 30 days. We can do so much more with Easy Worship than we could with Prologue. But, I know we’ll be able to do even more still with Media Shout. My only question is will it be much more difficult to put the programs together, and also for the people running it Sunday morning. Easy Worship has been so “easy”!!

I’d really appreciate hearing your thoughts – what do you use? Do you like it? Any suggestions?

Thanks!

Sunday Recap – 8/16/09

I added my comments last week to the “Sunday Setlists” blog carnival at FredMcKinnon.Com, and it really was a neat experience. I met some new worship leaders through the comments, and had fun reading through their Sunday morning experiences as well. So, I thought I would try again. This post is regarding our services at Bethel Bapist Church in Janesville, WI on Sunday, Aug. 16th, 2009. You can read all the other posts about yesterday from worship leaders around the country at http://www.fredmckinnon.com/myblog/2009/08/16/sunday-setlists-56/

Yesterday was a bittersweet morning. It’s always a good thing to spend time praising the Lord, but personal circumstances this past week have been pretty rough, so for me, it felt more like a real “sacrifice of praise”. But, God is good, and He carried me through the morning, and ended up being a wonderful morning!

We began with “Awesome Is the Lord Most High” (Tomlin), followed by “Glory To God Forever” (Vicky Beeching and Steve Fee), and then “God You Reign” (Lincoln Brewster).

Once a month, we have our Worship Choir sing with the worship team singers and band. They sang with us yesterday, and it always adds another level of energy and excitement to have them there. It’s been a great way to include new individuals interested in becoming part of the worship ministry.

We heard about what God is doing with one of our missionary families in the Philippines, and put the website up for all to see that shows live broadcasting on the Good TV network, one of the only Christian TV networks in the Philippines. God is doing some amazing things there!

The message was “Carry One Another’s Burdens” from our series on the One Another commands found in Scripture. The message seemed especially appropriate for the events happening this week.

We closed with “Everyday” (Joel Houston). Our choir was clapping, swaying on that one – a lot of fun!!

Overall, it was a powerful morning. I guess the big takeaway for me was that just as God carries us through our hard times, we as Christ-followers are to help carry the load of other believers who are going through difficult times.

God is good, all the time!

John Wesley – Rules for Singing

Probably one of the best things we saw today at the conference was found in a very unexpected place. We have been hearing all day about connecting generations, not discarding the past. That’s a huge topic, and something that I’ll need to spend time pondering.

But, while we were sitting in the auditorium waiting for tonight’s concert to start, I just happened to grab the hymnal right in front of me. The conference is being held at an UMC Church, so I have never seen this hymnal before.

As I started to page through it, I came across this document on page vii. I’ll post it here, just so you can see how things have changed since 1791, and how much things have stayed the same.

These are Rules for Singing that are in the front of each hymal, written by John Wesley:

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Rules for Singing

1. Learn these tunes before you learn any others; afterwards learn as many as you please. Sing them exactly as they are printed here, without altering or mending them at all; and if you have learned to sing them otherwise, unlearn it as soon as you can.

2. Sing all. See that you join with the congregation as frequently as you can. Let not a slight degree of weakness or weariness hinder you. If it is a cross to you, take it up, and you will find it a blessing.

3. Sing lustily and with a good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead, or half asleep; but lift up your voice with strength. Be no more afraid of your voice now, nor more ashamed of its being heard, than when you sung the songs of Satan.

4. Sing modestly. Do not bawl, so as to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation, that you may not destroy harmony, but strive to unite your voices together, so as to make one clear melodious sound.

5. Sing in time. Whatever time is sung be sure to keep with it. Do not run before nor stay behind it; but attend close to the leading voices, and move therewith as exactly as you can; and take care not to sing too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first.

6. Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing him more than yourself or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

John Wesley, 1791.

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Wow – what a statement regarding singing! Again, this is close to the front page in every hymnal in the curch. Our team really had a good time reading it! Thoughts?

Tuesday at the NWLC

Again – I’m overwhelmed after such a wonderful day at the conference today. It opened up with Jeremy Riddle leading us in worship, and then Leonard Sweet spoke. He was great! I went to his workshop after the general session for more.

I went to two workshops by Stan Endicot about worship choir – both very helpful! I also caught part of Paul Baloche’s workshop on “Creating Flow in Worship”

Dinner was fabulous – of course some good BBQ in Kansas City. I forgot to mention lunch – they brought in Chick-fil-A for everyone for lunch! That was cool!

Tonight’s concert was excellent! Some members of the group LoveSong – leaders of the early contemporary Christian movement, sang a couple songs, followed by Aaron Shust and Laura Story leading us in worship. Following that, Mac Powell and friends (Aaron and Laura, plus Matt Maher and others).

Following the concert tonight, we went to a local church here for another little gathering of worship leaders – less formal, coffee, free food! We met Glenn Packiam from the Desperation Band while we were there, and they filmed a podcast for a later episode on www.allaboutworship.com.

Needless to say, it’s time for bed!

1st Full day of the National Worship Leaders Conference

Wow! Wow! Wow!

That’s what I’m feeling right now after 2 very full days of the National Worship Leaders Conference. It has been wonderful, and so rewarding. I’m so happy that everyone else on our team seems to be having a great time as well.

Monday morning for me started with a pre-conference seminar with Lenny LeBlanc leading worship, Sally Morgenthaler speaking on bringin Christ into the community, and Scotty Smith speaking.

We then had a 5 1/2 hour choir rehearsal with Stan Endicott in preparation for singing in the Conference Choir. It was a long time, but I enjoyed every second! Stan is great, and I love the way he gets us to sound! The theme this week is God’ faithfulness from generation to generation. So, they’re briniging a lot people from the past out for songs, as well as people from today. Evie (yes, that Evie) opened the night with “Spirit Song” – a classic; then we sang a song led by Bill Batstone. Anthony Evans led us in a time of worship, and then we sang with Tommy Walker.

A great day! How fun!