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

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Lesson’s from Leviticus pt. 3

With every offering that Israel brought there was a cost involved.  By definition sacrifice means to give up something valuable for the sake of something that is considered more important or worthy (from the dictionary on my MacBook).  Worship will always cost us something.  The interesting thing is that if we are not worshipping God we will worship someone or something.  Whatever we are worshipping there will be a cost involved.  So if you are going to give up something valuable shouldn’t you make sure that what you worship is more important and worthy?

The sacrifices that we offer today are much different, but the there is still a cost involved.  In the New Testament we are given examples of how we can offer sacrifices that are pleasing to God.  So at the beginning of this day don’t forget to ask God what would please Him today.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.
Romans 12:1 (NIV)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. – Romans 12:1 (NIV)

I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. – Philippians 4:18 (NIV)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that confess his name. – Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. – Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

Sunday Setlists: 6/27 and 6/28

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 was the last weekend of our Satan’s SexED series and I would say that this has been a great success.  To test the waters we kept this to 3 weeks and based on the response we are definitely going to do this again.  It’s such an important topic and as the church we need to address it on a regular basis.  This weekend Harry Flanagan from Pure Desire Ministries was our speaker.  The main idea he tried to communicate was that we need to find our value in who God created us to be and not in our performance.

This weekend was a little hectic, but things went really well.  Saturday, we added a second electric to the mix.  It was a great add on, but we had to be mindful of our stage volume.  Not as many people in the room as there are on Sunday’s so decibels are not sucked up as easily .  Sunday was a little crazy because I was late.  I live about and hour and a half away from our Albany campus.  The team was great though.  They were prepared and ready for me.  We had a great soundcheck and service went well.  I’ve been trying to be intentional about being more engaging with the people I am leading each week.  I need to remember that I am there to worship, but I am also leading the way for everyone else.

Saturday Night – Utica Campus

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

Hosanna (G) – Paul Baloche and Brenton Brown

Holy is the Lord (G) – Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio

Holy, Holy, Holy (G) – John Bacchus Dykes and Reginald Heber

With All I Am (D) – Reuben Morgan

Sunday Morning – Albany Campus

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

Everlasting God (A) – Brenton Brown and Ken Riley

How Great is Our God (A) – Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash

Mighty to Save (A) – Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan


Lesson’s from Leviticus pt. 2

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consist of all goodness, righteousness, and truth) and find out what is pleasing to the Lord.  – Ephesians 5:8-10

You might be asking yourself is this suppose to be about Leviticus?  Your right, but just follow.  In our worship the goal should be to find out what pleases God and to do that.  In the book of Leviticus we learn about all of the gory details of the sacrifices that God desired the people to bring.  Now God’s concern was not so much with the actual sacrifice, but the approach.  He was looking deeper to the act of faith.  The heart attitude that says that even though I don’t completely understand if this is what You desire I will bring it.  The heart of faith is more concerned with pleasing God.

God’s desire was that Israel would trust Him.  Where things probably got off track (and still do) is when our faith shifted to the offering that we bring from the one who said this type of worship would please.  Where is your faith today?  Is it in the way you worship or in the one you worship?

Lesson’s from Leviticus

The Lord called to Moses and spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting.  He said, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When any of you brings an offering to the Lord, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.'” – Leviticus 1:1-2 (NIV)

As I have been reading through the book of Leviticus one of the main ideas that stuck out to me was that God is very concerned about how we approach Him.  When we worship God we are to approach Him on His terms not ours.  At the beginning of this book the God tells Israel that when they bring an offering is must be done in a certain way and as we go through Leviticus there are different types of offerings each with specific steps.  Now we can easily get caught up in the gruesomeness of the offerings brought or lost in all the details that are given and totally miss the deeper point of what I think God was trying to communicate.

God is holy, blameless, righteous, powerful, just and perfect.  Now I could go on an on, but you get the point.  If God is all of these things should we not be careful in how we approach Him?  In our worship should we not be more concerned with what He desires than our own personal preferences?  This is what I think God is after in the book of Leviticus.  When I look at all of the steps given and sacrifices that are prescribed it makes me stop.  I think about who God is and I realize that many times the worship I bring does not fit the honor that He is due.

Our prayer every day should be this, “God, as I worship You today what would be pleasing to You?”

Sunday Setlists: 6/20 and 6/21

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.

Well, it has been over a month since I have last posted as part of this blog carnival, but I am not going to let that stop me.  We are currently in the middle of a series on sex.  One of the difficulties (besides the obvious) that we found with this series was that Father’s Day fell right in the middle.  We were however able to honor our dad’s and continue this series.  The main focus has been centered around starting the conversation because for too long Satan has dominated it.  It has been a great series and I am glad we took the risk.  I would like to thank Lifechurch.tv and their Open site for providing many of the resources that we used.

I led at 3 of our weekend services.  On Saturday night we did an acoustic set and at the 2 Sunday services we had a full band.  So without delay here is the setlists for the weekend.

Majestic (D) – Lincoln Brewster

(Saturday only) Video element: Gift of Worship by Floodgate Productions (found at Worship House Media)

(Sunday only) Today is the Day (D) – Lincoln Brewster and Paul Baloche

Endlessly (D) – Jon Egan

Everliving God (G) – Raymond Badham

Let My Words Be Few (G) – Matt and Beth Redman

New series beginning this weekend

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This is a first for my church.  Starting this weekend we are addressing the topic of sex and the “taboos” that surround it.  Instead of allowing the world around us to define sex we will be taking a few weeks to see what God has to say about such a controversial subject.  This should be interesting.

BTW: Thanks to Open from Lifechurch.tv for the promo stuff check it out

Response

In life we cannot always control the circumstances or people that surround our lives, but we can always control our attitude and our response.  How I respond is more important than what happens.  I don’t want to speak lightly about trials and test that come, but how we respond will shape who we become.  We can grow and mature or we can wither and die.  The choice is yours how will you respond?

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Shut up and listen

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I am coming up on my two year wedding anniversary at the end of this month.  One of the current lessons I am learning is how to interpret whether my wife wants me to fix the problem or just Shut up and listen.  

By nature I am a person who wants to quickly hear the problem, fix the problem, and be done with problem.  Most of the time this is not what she is looking for.  She does not want me to fix the problem.  Rachel wants my attention and wants me to just listen.  With my personality this can be difficult, but for me learning to listen is going to be a key to great marriage.  

In my own life someone just listening has helped me grow.  Hearing the words come out of my mouth while talking things over helps me realize how foolish I’ve been or it helps me discover the answer I am looking for.  So the next time your wife (or anyone for that fact) comes to you with a problem ask yourself whether this something that she wants fixed or should you just Shut up and listen.

BTW: 1. My mother-in-law gave me the inspiration for this one and at one point she told me that Rachel has a minimum amount of words that she needs to get in each day.  This is another thing you should keep in mind. 

Shut up and sing

In the first part of this series I stated that I am in the process of learning to Shut up.  At least for me the more that I talk the greater the opportunity for trouble or ineffectiveness.  Today I would like to talk to worship leaders.  My advice is simple: Shut up and sing.  

As a worship leader there is nothing more detrimental than talking too much.  I can say this because I have been there and done that.  I understand that after a week of thoughtful and prayerful preparation you want people to experience everything that you have experienced, but Shut up and sing.  I understand the thoughts that flood in when it seems like people are just not connecting and you feel like you’ve got to make something happen, but Shut up and sing.  I understand that you want to make sure people truly understand what you are trying to communicate through this song because you are helping to shape their theology, but Shut up and sing.  We are not preachers.  Our chief purpose is to lead people to a place where they can connect with God.  Here are a few things to consider that will help you Shut up and sing:

  1. Realize that people have not been thinking about this service like you have.  You have been praying, worshipping, and thinking about this all week.  Our job is to come down the mountain and show them the way up.  Lead by example.  Talking too much is not leading by example.  
  2. Worship is a choice.  God does not force it and neither can we. Strive to provide an environment that cultivates a heart of worship in that service and throughout the week.  Too much talking can break the flow of worship and break peoples focus. 
  3. If you are going to talk think about it before hand.  In preparing your list think about where spoken word would fit best.  If properly placed a prayer, scripture reading, or encouragement can create a flow that links songs or worship elements.

 

Shut up pt. 1