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Blogging Again

I’m sure if you’re a regular blog reader you’ve seen this tons of times.  A would be blogger gets into the game and takes off like a rocket.  Then as quickly as they started they disappear into the vast waste land of the internet.  So here I am trying to find my way.  But why?

Well, blogging helps me…

  1. It slows me down.  When I slow down its easier to take things in.  Actually, before taking them in I notice them.
  2. It is a another way to learn.  Before I post I want to make sure that what I am communicating makes sense.  Wow, funny this is something else that forces me to slow down.  In sharing my thoughts I may need to do some research.  In sharing my thoughts I open myself dialog.  There will be things that I can teach you and things that I will learn from you.
  3. It is teaching me to communicate better.  Everything in life comes down to communication.  This is an area where I need improvement.  Even while I am writing this I am thinking about what I am communicating and how I am communicating it.  And as I am writing this point I’ve realized that this is another slow me down point.  Maybe God is trying to tell me something.

Sunday Setlist: 7/5

This post will be part of Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival called Sunday Setlists.  Worship leaders from all over are sharing about what’s happening in their services.

Last week we brought an end to our Satan’s SexED series and with yesterday being the 4th of July we decided to do a patriotic service.  We built the entire service around moving people to a place of thankfulness, prayer, and thinking about others as we celebrated this Independence Day.

I am really proud of all of the people who brought this service together, but I am really thankful for the worship team.  Everyone really contributed to pulling this off.  I am blessed with so many great musicians, but more than musicians great followers of Christ.  I actually was having a hard time getting out the door this morning.  Things were a bit hectic, but the team really rallied around me.  It was great.

You Are GoodIsrael Houghton

I Am FreeJon Egan

Announcements/Offering/Bumper

Bumper Video: I Am The FlagBeamer Film (found at Worship House Media)

America (D) – Chris Tomlin, J.D. Walt, Jack Parker

God Bless America (G) – Irving Berlin

America the Beautiful (C) – Katherine Lee Bates and Samuel Augustus Ward

Video: In Their Own WordsGood Brand Productions (found at Sermon Spice)

Sermon: America, Bless God

Blog posts that you may find interesting

Tony Morgan: 10 Easy Ways to Know You’re Not a Leader.  This is a bit older of a post, but it causes you to stop and think about whether or not you are a leader.  #8 would probably be the area at times my leadership is challenged.

Churchrelevance.com: Kind of a tough article, but it’s dealing with reality.  The article ends with 2 questions that we all must think about: 1) At what age does your church begin approaching tough topics? 2) What do you think is the best way to teach tough topics to young students? 

Glenn Packiam: This statement stuck out to me, “So, why do we sing and dance? Not to coax God into acting. Not to make ourselvesfeel His presence. We sing and dance– and all the other physical activities– to make ourselves more present to God, to engage God with our whole being. In a sense, the focus of the worship is not on whether God is present, but whether we are.  Glenn encourages us to remember that God is always there.  

Stuff Christians Like: Judging people who use the table of contents in their Bible.  This guy rocks this should make you literally laugh out loud.

Trying a new element during worship

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We are currently in a series called Greater Than > and this weekend we tried to incorporate a new element into our worship service.  During the songs Jesus Won It All, Sing to the King, and My Glorious we had an artist on stage painting a portrait of Jesus.  I want to thank Angel (from our Albany campus) for painting and Matt for putting this together this video.  Great job guys.

Check out the painting

Genius Playlists

This is a great new feature in iTunes.  This feature has been great for me a worship leader.  This may sound weird, but it has helped me build better setlists for worship experiences.  One of the things that I have been trying to achieve is consistency in the theme of our worship services and Genius Playlists has been great for this.  You may be thinking it can’t be that hard to find songs that center around a specific theme.  Well, it’s harder than you think when your are dealing with different keys and songs you may or may not be able to pull off.  Here are some reasons why I use Genius:

  1. It can create a playlist from the songs that I all ready own.  My iTunes has grown to the point where I can easily forget what is in there.  
  2. It can create a playlist of songs that I are found in the iTunes Store.  This has been great because I am getting exposed to new artists and new expressions of worship.
  3. It helps keep things fresh.  Many times what is easy and familiar can be very attractive especially when leading worship is only part of my job.  Whether it is a new or old song I am give a playlist with great ideas and options. 

Check out the Genius Playlist for yourself.

What others are posting

I actually got this idea from Perry Noble’s blog.  On his blog, Perry, will list a few links that he thinks you should checkout today.  This is a great idea because:

1.  You can gain exposure to other blog’s you may not know about.

2. You can better know a person by seeing who they follow and regularly read.

3. You gain a bit of a filter of who you should follow or not follow.

So here are some blog post that I read this week:

Perry NobleFour Leadership Myths That Aren’t Usually Talked About–Part One Like the title says he is talking about Leadership myths.  #1 Anger is Ungodly. 

Sam Luce: Why I……Use Social Networks This was actually a guest blog by Michael Chanley  who has a heart and vision for what social media and networking can do for the future of kids ministry.  

Kem Meyer: 10 Things to fix on your website A great list of things that is not too complicated to fix on your website

Mark BattersonConstant Plussing Shares some of the practices that made Disney successful


Sunday Setlist: March 15th

This post will be part of Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival called Sunday Setlists.  Worship leaders from all over are sharing about what’s happening in their services.

Actually, this weekend I led at our Saturday night service.  It was a good service even though our soundcheck was a little rough.  I had a great mix of younger (acoustic, electric, bass ) and more experienced (2 background vocalist, drums, synth, piano) musicians and singers.  This is a great way to break in kids from the youth church.  No one co-led w/ me this week so I was all by myself.  When we were making our setlist I didn’t realize till later that it turned into Chris Tomlin night.

Awesome is the Lord Most High – G (Chris Tomlin Arr.)

Your Grace is Enough – G (Chris Tomlin Arr.)

Holy is the Lord – G (Chris Tomlin Arr.)

We Fall Down – E (Chris Tomlin Arr.)

With Just One Touch – E (Original from Mike Hughes our Worship Pastor)

Announcements (Verbal and Video), Offering 

Sermon – We are finishing up our WIN series.  This week we talked about missions.  We were encouraged to think globally and act locally.  Great weekend.

Sunday Setlists: March 8th

This post will be part of Fred McKinnon’s blog carnival called Sunday Setlists.  Worship leaders from all over are sharing about what’s happening in their services.

This is a little late for this week, but here we go.  I actually led for our Saturday evening service and 2 of the Sunday morning services.  Each service there was one other person leading with me.  I love co-leading.  This weekend was a great weekend because we stepped out and tried some new things.  We incorporated Communion and a video element into the set.   We got to I Could Sing of Your Love Forever during 11 am service, but not on Saturday night or the Sunday 9 am.  Basically, here is what it all looked like:

Hosanna – G (Paul Baloche)

For Who You Are – G (Marty Sampson)

Here is Love – G (I announced Communion, ask everyone to be seated while we passed Communion and sang Here is Love by Robert S. Lowry, William Edwards, and William Reese)

Communion Video (1:30 seconds) (Starting immediately after Here is Love)

Pastor Mike Led Communion and prayer

Amazing Love – E (Billy Foote)

I Could Sing of Your Love Forever – E (Martin Smith)

Our current sermon series is called WIN.  We are celebrating the WINS that we had last year as a church and talking about what will cause us to have WINS as we move forward.  This week’s sermon focused on maturity and service.