Sunday Setlists Week #43 – Worldwide Worship Recaps


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Worship Confessional for SSCC, Sunday May 17, 2009

Today was another Sunday where I scheduled myself off the stage completely.  Harriet, one of the worship leaders (actually, the founding worship leader!) led worship today.  I enjoyed the entire 11:00 AM service with my wife and one of my kids.  Crazy, we were even led to our seats by an usher!  (that’s because my wife came in late and there were hardly any seats left!)

Before I share about the setlist, I’ll “confess” some issues we had this week.  Thursday’s rehearsal was pretty stressful because a few us had to come late – there was an end-of-the-year musical at the elementary school which involved several of our kids.  To complicate matters, we had a couple of band members who couldn’t make rehearsal.  I typically have a strong rule about that – and rarely make an exception.  In this case, I made an exception – one had a last minute change, and another I had no knowledge that they were going to miss.  To top that off, Travis, our Tech Director, was very sick that day and couldn’t even come in to work.  We patched the system and setup the stage the best we could, but there were a few kinks to workout and it took a while.

Let me tell you – in most of these cases you hear “it’ll be OK, they know the music”.  Well, it’s not OK.  At our level (and I don’t say that in an arrogant way, like “our level” is better) we have layers upon layers of other things happening – from mixing FOH, mixing in-ear monitors, production cues and notes, etc.  The absense made the morning sound check stressful, hectic, and as a result, the overall level of excellence wasn’t as good as it could’ve been.  I’ll chalk that one up to being more proactive in schedule management.

Nevertheless, the worship time was great and of course, God touches lives and hearts.  Though we desire to bring our best, some days “our best” means simply “the best we can offer with the hand we were dealt”.  There was a liberty and freedom and as always, Harriet and the team did a great job connecting with the congregation and leading them in worship.

Walk-in:  “I’ll Fly Away” (bluegrass style, with harmonica) – a crowd favorite every time
Opening:  “No Other Name” (Todd Fields, Northpoint Live arr)
Announcements:  Pastor David did today’s announcements
Second Set:
The Old Rugged Cross (traditional, piano, vocals, guitars, and harmonica)
* Harriet did a fantastic job casting vision for this old hymn.  She expressed how the church is us locally, but is also us worldwide, gathering together to worship.  Then, she referenced the fact that the church is also historic, and that our heritage is marked not only by our creeds, but by our singing.  With that, she explained that this hymn would be known by some, and never heard by others.  It was a masterful, well-planned intro to kick off the 2nd set.

Shout to the Lord (Hillsongs)
* we did the Chorus-only of this on Easter, and Harriet brought it back in full force.  I have to admit, my sabbatical from that song (an unintentional one) had me in a place where I couldn’t wait to sing this great anthem again.  I sang with all I had.

You Have Made Me Glad (Hillsongs)
Another one of my favorites that Harriet leads.  I’ve taken that song and led it a few times myself, and love the way the song is easy to sing, and expresses great truths.  It’s a “vertical, direct” song to God – perfect for worship.

Sermon:  Road Signs – Yield
Our Youth Pastor, Jon Blankenship did the sermon today – he did a fantastic job, though our special “set design” plans fell through, leaving a rather unattractive, bare stage design.  Sermon was great – will be on the podcast by Monday afternoon.

Closing:  “Step by Step” and “Jesus Messiah”
Harriet pulled a surprise out of the hat, and added “Step by Step” (the old Rich Mullins song) after hearing Jon’s sermon.  It was an appropriate add, and then we had a segue into “Jesus Messiah” for the conclusion.

A good day.  I’ve been having some lower back problems for the last week and found it hard to sit through either service.  The nagging pain nagged me just enough to have me a bit on edge and frustrated that I couldn’t feel as whole as I’d like.

I enjoyed the perspective of “being in the room” this week, but Sunday is coming and we have a big day planned for next week.

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54 comments on “Sunday Setlists Week #43 – Worldwide Worship Recaps

  1. Majestic (Lincoln Brewster)
    Let the Praises Ring (Lincoln Brewster)

    Everlasting God
    How Great is Our God (chorus only)
    You Are God Alone (not a god)


    For All You’ve Done (Point of Grace / Women of Faith) soloist

  2. Brad Hafner says:

    Haven’t done Step by Step in a long time. Did the hammer dulcimer make an appearance?

  3. Matt Stevens says:

    I hope everyone has a great Sunday!

    For those of you attending, make sure you come to “Re:Sound”, the Friday night worship event featuring bands from Sojourn Church (Louisville), Mars Hill Church (Seattle), and Vintage21 Church (Raleigh), with teaching by Pastor Tim Smith of Mars Hill Church.
    Here’s a facebook page for the event:

  4. Lee says:

    I too wasn’t leading worship today, I was preaching so it would have been greedy to do both 🙂 But I’ve posted my blog about our meeting today at i61 in Conwy, North Wales. Please check it out.

  5. We had a great day! Hope you did too!

  6. Randy Neufeld says:

    You weren’t the only one with “issues” Fred! Good thing that this all doesn’t depend on us alone!


  7. Justin K says:

    Great set list- I love Made Me Glad- Ah! What a powerful song! 😉

  8. Will Beaty says:

    Love “Step by Step” and “I’ll Fly Away”. I bet that was a crazy way to kick off the service.

  9. Eddy Mann says:

    How cool to be able to change the view. I don’t currently have the freedom to change-sides so to speak. I’d love the perspective of worshipping live from the congregation. Something I’m going to work on for the near future.

  10. We managed a close to issue free weekend. Praise God!

    Hope you get restoration for your back soon Fred

  11. Bobby Gilles says:

    “Though we desire to bring our best, some days ‘our best’ means simply ‘the best we can offer with the hand we were dealt’.”

    I hear you on that one, Fred.

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  14. Jan Owen says:

    we had a light rehearsal as well and it does make life a bit more stressful on Sunday mornings!!!

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  16. Steff says:

    Have a great week

  17. Jim Drake says:

    Hey Fred

    Thanks for the honesty in the confessional. I know the feeling… enough said

  18. Ellen says:

    Nice variation of songs, love I’ll Fly Away, especially with harmonica!

  19. Dean Lusk says:

    Posted mine, but I’m wiped out! Going to have to check out everyone’s lists tomorrow.

    Fred, I love the way you describe how “Old Rugged Cross” was introduced! Harmonica was a nice touch, I’d bet.

  20. Gary Durbin says:

    I’m working at getting others to lead on our team as well. More difficult in a small church, I think.

  21. Eric Frisch says:

    We’ve put a very similar spin on “I’ll Fly Away” in the past – well received at our church too.

    We had a pretty smooth morning today, and the service went really well. Looking forward to reading everybody elses!

  22. Louise says:

    I love what Harriet did with Old Rugged Cross. So true and powerful.

  23. Kit Palmer says:

    Fred, praying for your back Bro!

    BTW, when are you going to break out the hammered dulcimer in P&W?

  24. Jon McKanna says:

    glad to see that you could enjoy worship with your family this week! hopefully you weren’t too caught up in the technical side of things…

  25. Jeff Miller says:

    Woo! Worshiping seniors saints, social media, and broken toes…

  26. Jen Kerr says:

    Wow, I’m late this week.. past 50!

    Glad you had a week off, Fred, I finally have one off next week too! I’ve got pics from our smallest multi-site this week. 🙂

  27. Kyle says:

    Great service, good worship, everything came together well. I’m taking next week off. First week off in ummm…..a looong time.

  28. Thanks for sharing Fred! Sounds like things are really going well for you these days. Scheduling is always a challenge – good to know that others are working through it just like me.


  29. Lori Biddle says:

    I finally posted! Only a day late, but, just took Rick to the airport! Stop by and check out our amazing weekend with Saddleback’s worship pastor!

  30. Paul Mugarura says:

    I used to get freaked out by practices like the one you just mentioned… and it got even worse when I first started at my current job with the added pressure of having teams with a greater depth of talent and gifts, but something snapped in me last year and I completely let go of the tension that I was carrying within me of having to get things right. It does not mean that I settle for mediocre, but when (through no fault of my own) there is a breakdown on the team leading up to the practice and the service, I accept that the service shall be weak musically and I move on to making the next AMAZING. I hope that your back gets better… i said a prayer for you.

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