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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 Sept 30, 2012 – SSCC

Sunday Setlists

Happy Monday everyone!  I’d like to share a quick recap of our music setlist from yesterday’s service as a part of the weekly “Sunday Setlists” event hosted by TheWorshipCommunity.Com.

As you know, I try (try, being the keyword) to post this each week.  There are two main reasons why I think it’s important:

1.  It gives our congregation at SSCC a review of the songs we did and a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at the thought into why we used them.

2.  As a part of the global weekly “Sunday Setlists” event, I’m sharing so that other worship leaders can glean ideas from our service and vice versa.

Sunday, Sept 30

This Sunday kicked off a new series at SSCC called “Covenant, Kingdom”.  This will be a series where we’re asking our congregation to be more immersed than ever before.  In addition to encouraging them to get the “Covenant, Kingdom” book by Mike Breen, we’ll be taking the weekly readings and discussion questions to all of our small groups and online with our Facebook page.

The series is a bit more academic and the topic is broad so I didn’t try to pull specific songs that would perfectly match or reinforce the sermon content.  However, as usual, I found so many lyrics and lines in the songs that completely revealed glimpses of “covenant and kingdom” as we worshiped.

Our walk-in song was a good ole-fashioned, foot-stompin’ version of “I Saw the Light”.  Our bass player brought a banjo and we had a great time doing the song similar to the David Crowder version.

Opening the service was Matt Maher’s “Alive Again”.  Todd, one of our vocalists, owns this song and does it so well.  The song is full of energy and is a faith-filled declaration of our being alive in Christ.

After announcements we had a second set of worship music.  Typically we have more songs here but we only had 2, partly because the arrangements made them slower and longer.

“Revelation Song” (one of our favorites that has become a reservoir for our congregation)
“Holy, Holy, Holy” (after singing “holy holy holy” in Revelation song, what better way to segue into a timeless hymn)

In closing I chose an old Hillsong ballad that has been a staple for us at SSCC for years, “With All I Am”.   I have to confess, I’d not really thought about how much the lyrics of this song would echo the sermon we’d just heard.  We heard a lot about covenant and our identity in Christ, and as we sang “Jesus, I belong to you” … I couldn’t help but smile.

All in all, it was a sweet time of worship.  We had a smaller band with no electric guitar this week.  I’ve learned to not try and force the instrumentation when it’s not there.  I honestly didn’t miss it except on “Alive Again”.

That’s a wrap for this week.  Would love to hear from the rest of you — whether you were leaders of your own services or worshipers in the congregation.  What moved you?  What spoke to you?