Monday, September 28, 2015

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - September 27, 2015

I don't know if I've shared before - but I love choir Sundays... I get to work with some of the most talented musicians in the city - and choir is one of those opportunities for all of them to come together through laughter, community, fellowship, music and of course, worship.  It's glorious, and rehearsals are always my favorite hours of the week - outside of Sunday mornings.

We opened yesterday with Here For You.

After our call to worship we sang Everlasting God, One Thing Remains, 10000 Reasons, and How Great Thou Art.

Our offering song was Greater from Passion - with a little bit of Christopher Cross thrown in there.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - September 20, 2015

This morning's worship set was all about surrender.   It started with singing about the one true foundation for our faith... we then sung about lifting hands and hearts in surrender, giving up our pride, and our rights.  Then onto a reminder to be still, and finally ending with a simple chorus about God being the only one we need...

We opened with a hymn rewrite that I did another lifetime ago called The Church's One Foundation.

After our call to worship we sang Lay Me Down, I Lift My Hands, How Firm a Foundation, and You Alone.

Our offering song was a new tune for Oak Mountain called This I Believe (the Creed) by Hillsong.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - September 13, 2015

So much for a Monday morning recap.  Some weeks it has to be Tuesday or Wednesday... at least this week it's still technically Monday!

We opened yesterday with Let God Arise.  It's funny.  This tune has fallen off the CCLI top 100 list, but I love it.  Love the energy.  Love the theme of the song.

After our call to worship we sang Joyful, Hosanna, We Will Run, and Immortal Invisible God Only Wise.

Our offering song was a tune that I just love called Jesus I Come.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - September 6, 2015

Labor Day Sunday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.

I'm in San Diego this week - leading worship for CareNet's annual national conference.  Such a privilege to be with these fine folks.

We opened yesterday with Because of Your Love.

After our call to worship we sang Lay Me Down, Come Ye Sinners, No Other Name (Hillsong), and Before the Throne of God Above.

Our offering song was a new tune called This I Believe (The Creed) from Hillsong.

Friday, September 04, 2015

Friday Favorites 9.4.15

1.  Favorite Star Wars movie - 
Here's all 6 of the star wars movies played at once.... in case you have a spare 2.5 hours.

2.  Favorite Interview -

3.  Favorite Political Speech - 

4.  Favorite line from upcoming Sunday morning worship service - 
"There is no other name, there is no other name, Jesus Christ our God..."

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Worship Leader Lessons #14 - Cheap, Fast, Good

Ever heard the saying "Good, Cheap, Fast - you can pick 2...."

I've seen the sign in restaurants.  Makes me laugh, mostly because it's true.  And wow - does it ever apply to ministry.  Each decision you make when it comes to your ministry, and the people involved can, and should be run through that grid.  Good, Cheap, Fast - pick 2.

Let's say that you really want to do that new song that just came out on Hillsong's latest album (you know - one of the two albums they realesed last week...) You can do it fast, and good - but you're gonna isolate those serving in your ministry that don't pick up new tunes as fast.  That's going to be costly - certainly not cheap.

You could do it cheap and fast, but again - you'll end up pushing someone too fast out of their comfort zone, maybe even to the point of quitting your ministry.

I'll always err on cheap and good.  Plan it out.  Make sure the chart is right.  Make sure you've been able to spend enough time teaching your team, bringing younger or newer players along slowly, making sure you're not throwing too much out at your congregation every week, and being intentional about every single decision you're making for your volunteers, your church, and your ministry.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Morning Recap for Sunday - August 30, 2015

We closed out August Sundays yesterday with a choir Sunday.  I do love choir Sundays - so many voices joining together to provide leadership.  If you haven't joined us in choir yet - come give us a try!  We're open to anyone, and now is a great time to get plugged in!

We opened yesterday with Let Creation Sing.

After our call to worship we sang Amazing God, Forever Reign, Praise to the Lord the Almighty, and Lord I Need You.

Our offering song was At the Cross.