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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?

Worship Recap: Leading Through the Funk

Sunday Setlists
Hey Gang,

Hope you had an awesome weekend.  I’m posting our worship service recap as a part of the weekly “Sunday Setlists” event hosted by TheWorshipCommunity.Com.

I was the primary leader this week at SSCC.   We had a great team and rehearsed Tuesday evening and then played outdoors for a handful of people (and thousands more on live radio) down in St. Mary’s at 89.3 FM on Friday afternoon.  As a result, we were even more rehearsed for Sunday’s music than normal.

Before I recap our songs I’ve got a confession.  It’s a pretty nasty one and the truth is, sometimes we all have to let our guard down a bit and just call it like it is.  That’s why my friend Carlos originally dubbed these Sunday recaps “worship confessionals” many years ago.

Here’s the deal:

I really, really, really struggled today.

Without getting into the details, suffice it to say that my wife and I have been in the heat of an absurd conflict with an adversary who seems determined to cause trouble for us.  The past two weeks have been very stressful as we’ve wrestled through some intense issues in regards to what I’ll just call a “local conflict” .  Since for the most part we have very little conflict in our lives with others, this has been tough.  I have a new sense of compassion for people who live and work in unhealthy, hostile environments.  I had the unfortunate position of being in the center of conflict both Friday and Saturday evenings.  I felt completely undermined and manipulated.  I haven’t felt so upset or agitated in a very long time.

It’s not easy to shake that off and feel in tune with the Holy Spirit.  On top of that, today was the day we celebrated Holy Communion.  This is a sacrament that I’ve learned to take seriously so I spent a good bit of extra time in between services on my knees at our altar examining my heart, confessing the sinful feelings and pain I felt, and releasing the conflict to God.  Thankfully, I felt a breakthrough and was released to receive God’s provision through the beautiful sacrament of communion and know that He is still helping me overcome the anxiety and stress that comes with conflict.

That being said, I executed well.  I felt a sense of freedom even as I worked through my own funk in the midst of leading through prayers of confession.

Listen, friends … I don’t share this stuff to try and make some passive aggressive statement.  The folks involved in this nonsense probably don’t even know this blog exists.  I’m sharing this because I know, like myself, that many of you have to show up and lead even when you’re experiencing pain and conflict.  Just because we are Christian leaders doesn’t mean we don’t experience conflict and it especially doesn’t mean that we very well may blow it.  I certainly lost my temper more than once.  It’s how we labor through and come out on the other side that counts.

Our songs:

“Washed by the Water” (A)
“Our God” (G)
“Doxology” (G)
“The Wonderful Cross” (D)
“It Is Well/No Matter” (A)
“He Ransomed Me” (A)

So enough of my story – what’s yours?  How did your Sunday go?  Click below and leave a comment and tell me about it!

 

Worship Recap for Sunday, Jan 27th #SundaySetlists #WorshipSet

Sunday Setlists
Hey Gang,

Hope your week is off to a great start.  I’m a day behind and a minute late but wanted to get out this week’s worship recap.  This past Sunday was a tremendous day at SSCC.   In addition to our regular Sunday morning services we had one of our larger “Night of Worship” events which I’ll likely blog about separately.

I am posting this review as a part of our weekly “Sunday Setlists” event hosted by TheWorshipCommunity.Com.  You can also watch archived video of our worship services at SSCCLive.Com.

The morning service contained many of the elements that would be used in the Night of Worship and as a result we had a diverse setlist.   Our setlist was also a bit shorter than normal due to some other media elements we were using in the service.

We usually have what we call a “walk-in” song before the service that we play as people are coming in and finding their seats.  Sometimes we display lyrics but more often we have an announcement loop playing on our screens.  It’s not unusual for us to bring people in about half way during this song and ask them to join us.  It’s also a great time to introduce new music.

This Sunday I introduced an older song that I did more than a decade ago.  It’s called “I Believe” (A) by Don Potter from when he was with Morningstar Ministries in Charlotte, NC.  It’s a bluesy shuffle type of song declaring what we believe.  I’d say it’s like a modern day, paraphrased Apostle’s Creed.   I added some motown-esque horn parts to it and people really enjoyed it.  My friend and fellow worship leader, Russ Hutto, and Justin Henshaw played horns and it smoked!

At the top of the hour we played the upbeat, energetic song from Gateway, “The Lord Reigns” (C-D).  This song is full of excitement and it’s one of the songs that I arrange the vocals differently (see earlier post on creative vocal arranging) so that the men were on the melody and the girls were on lower harmonies.

After some announcements and a rather long, albeit powerful video testimony, we did a special called “I Will Trust” (Am) by Molly Williams.  This is also a song from Morningstar that you wouldn’t find in mainstream worship music but it’s one of my favorite songs now.   We did a longer, jam version of this Sunday night during worship night but a shorter version Sunday morning.

To close our service I needed a ballad that was easy and familiar.  We’d already invested around 10 hours of rehearsal that week for night of worship songs and just didn’t have time to have to rehearse another song for our Sunday morning closer so I opted to use “Here I Am To Worship” (D).  We played this in (D) so that it could be led by one of our female vocalists.

The biggest surprise of the morning; however, was a special I’d planned with our creative team just prior to the sermon.   I’m trying to keep my blog posts shorter so I’m going to save the surprise part for the next post tomorrow … so STAY TUNED!

That’s a wrap for this Sunday.  How was your worship service?  Can’t wait to hear.