Sunday Setlists

worship service setlists and recaps

First Sunday of 2014

Sunday SetlistsHappy New Year!

Yesterday (January 5, 2014) was our first Sunday of the new year.   We had a guest worship leader at SSCC, Ms. Hurley McGahon (aka Hurley Christin).  Hurley is a wonderful young lady who grew up in our church and had since moved off to study and minister at IHOP in Kansas City.  She’s still in Kansas City leading worship at a church.  She was home for the holidays and was gracious to share her gifts with us for Sunday, Dec 29 and Jan 5.

I enjoyed sitting in as a musician and vocalist.  I really enjoy those times where I’m not the leader but can yield to someone else’s leadership.  Hurley led us through a few familiar songs and some new.

Our walk-in song was “Happy Day“.  We then opened with “Our God“.  It was the first Sunday of the year and because of that we had an extended time of announcements.  There’s a LOT kicking off at SSCC and we needed some time to cover it.   The 2nd set of music included “Oceans” and a song called “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons & Daughters that I really came to love.

We had a guest speaker as well, who had a challenging message about abiding in God.  Hurley wrapped up with one of her original songs.

I’m back in the driver’s seat this week so have to hit the ground running today.  We have another guest speaker next week who requested some of his favorite songs — so here we go!  Looking forward to it.

I’m posting this recap as a part of the weekly “Sunday Setlists” event hosted by TheWorshipCommunity.Com.  You can view other church service recaps there.

How about your services?  Anything special or memorable?  Anything distracting?  Sound off … click to comment below!

Worship Recap: Home, Horns, and Accordion

Sunday Setlists
Hey gang,

Here’s a quick recap of the setlist from this past Sunday at SSCC.  I’m posting our songs in participation with the “Sunday Setlists” event hosted by TheWorshipCommunity.Com each week.

We had a really fun Sunday and had lots of comments about the music.  I’m enjoying the ability to use some other musicians and singers during these first few months of summer that typically would be serving back in the children’s areas.  They are taking a few weeks off before vamping into their summer series so it’s great to have new faces.

We opened with a classic, “Come Now is the Time to Worship” (D).  It’s a great song to use as an “on ramp” to help people transition from the busyness of getting to church to the setting our hearts towards God.

Next we sang “Our God” (G) which just doesn’t seem to get old to me.

After announcements I took a moment to setup the next song, “Home” by Phillip Phillips.  I explained that this wasn’t really a worship song but the message of the Kingdom was clear in the lyrics.  We are not alone and don’t have to face fears alone.  We have One who is with us and wants to make our hearts His home.

I produced a click track that included some of the additional elements from this song like the accordion and glockenspiel.  I also played accordion live which was a ton of fun.  I added trumpet and trombone as well to play the “oh oh  oh” parts.  One of our guitarist/vocalists, David Dantzler, led the song and did an amazing job.  The band stayed on the click and the congregation really got into the song.

From there we went into “How Great is Our God” (G) and “How Great Thou Art”.  It was a classic service of blending old choruses, hymns, newer choruses, and even a special song from pop culture that still brought the message of the Gospel.

Our final song was a special led by Kim Dixon Eden (she just got married and I’ve got to get used to using her new last name!) by Ginny Owens, “If You Want Me To”.  It was a special time of response.

Overall, great Sunday.  I diversified the vocal leadership throughout the service and really wasn’t the stand out leader on any particular song.  It was a true team effort.

How was your Sunday?

Worship Recap (Sunday May 26)

Sunday SetlistsHowdy Gang,

It’s been a few weeks since I posted our weekly recap from our worship services at SSCC.   I am posting this week in connection with the Sunday Setlists event hosted by TheWorshipCommunity.Com where worship leaders share their musical sets from all over the country.

We just had a great worship service and enjoyed a powerful time of musical praise and worship.  Sometimes I think I take for granted how amazing our team of musicians and singers are.  This was one of the easiest weeks in quite some time.  Our rehearsal went very smoothly and the blend of instruments and vocals was strong.

Our walk-in song was one of my favorite, fun songs by Matt Maher, “Hold Us Together” (C), which was led by one of our guitarists, David Dantzler.

We kicked off the top of the hour with “Glory to God Forever” (A).  We’ve been doing this song for several years off and on and it’s still one of my favorite anthems of praise.

After our announcements we sang “Beautiful Things” (C) led by Russ Hutto and “Your Presence is Heaven” (D) which was led by Todd Hendrix.   I actually enjoyed doing a lot more playing and a lot less leading today.  I sang on each song but spread the vocal leadership around.

After our sermon we closed with Russ Hutto’s incredible medley of the classic hymn, “It Is Well” and his chorus, “No Matter“.

The thing that stood out the most about this set of music was the dynamic contrast.  The arrangements provided big, loud sections as well as quiet, intimate sections.   It felt really good and makes me want to be more mindful of dynamics in our music.

It’s Memorial Day weekend and we typically don’t do any special patriotic music.  We do; however, acknowledge the day and pray for our soldiers, country, and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

How was your Sunday?