Sunday Worship – 7.15.2012 & other musings…

19 07 2012

So, it’s been over a year since I blogged anything…  That’s PITIFUL!!  My new goal is to at least blog once a week to cover do a recap of Triumph – Nederland’s worship sets.  That’s not a hard thing to do, I hope…

This past Sunday was great.  We had only one band member missing – Pastor Anthony Fields.  I suppose he gets a pass – he and Pastor Deirdre had their beautiful baby last week.  We had some minor sound issues – Pastor Sara couldn’t hear correctly through her PEM, and Martin’s, our MD, talk-back mic wouldn’t work.  We plowed through, but it wasn’t necessarily the easiest thing to do.

Our set consisted of…

Rez Power by Free Chapel – This went really well; although, I never did get the melody line correct in one spot on the chorus.  I don’t know what as going on with me.

You Are Good by Bethel –  Albert Clavijo led this song this week.  The overall sound for the song was really great.  I love Albert’s energy when he leads.

I Will Search by Israel & New Breed – One of my all-time favorite worship songs.  It just says it all.  Pastor Sara blew it out this week.  I was a little shocked that she didn’t do the bridge, but it ended up being great that she skipped it.

10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman – I just can’t get this song out of my head…  Amazing stuff.  I’m so glad that I took the risk to introduce it to our congregation.  It gets a little wordy, but the lyrics are so powerful.  I also love the fact that we do the song where you really don’t know who is leading.  I think it helps the congregation really get into the song.

I Will Rejoice by David and Nicole Binion – In my opinion, nobody sings this song better than my wife.  There’s such passion and richness to her voice on this song.  I also LOVE singing the duet with her on the second verse.

Overall, there was such a sweet presence of God in the place Sunday morning.  At first, everyone felt a little sleepy, but we woke ’em all up a few minutes into it.

We rounded out the worship service with Pastor Sara and Amanda Trammel singing Anthony Evans’ arrangement of Your Great Name/Forever Reign.  This is such a powerful combination of two incredible songs.  The ladies were great together and really did a fabulous job.

This week, we have the perfect storm hitting us.  Our MD, Martin, and his wife, Amanda, are on vacation this week.  Then, we have youth camp going on which takes out quite a few folks.  Then, the Beaumont Campus needs some support, so I’m sending some vocalists.  We’ll see what we have left…  Should be interesting…

 





Moved…

9 07 2009

I am reading a book by Andy Park, TO KNOW YOU MORE. I have been reading it every day as part of my morning ritual. I can’t tell you how much this book has affected me. I have dissected every part of the book highlighting some of my favorite quotes and messages.

Today, I read the chapter on “Delivering A Worship Set”. Not very interesting for most folks unless you are a worship leader, but he said some things that hit me between the eyes.

* “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken.” Flexible is one thing that I am not most of the time. I like my rut. I enjoy the pattern of the day. Granted, I don’t like the same exact thing every day, but I find myself falling into the “tradition trap”. I want to break free of that.

God, open my eyes to the new thing that You are wanting to do in me. Help me be flexible. I don’t want to crash and burn. I don’t want to be so rigid in my tradition of worshiping You that I “break” when You try to do something new.

* “If you’ve never ventured out into uncharted waters, you’ve never really had to trust God.” This is another big area of struggle for me. I don’t like the unknown. I want to be in control of my situation and know what is coming next. That’s not trusting God.

Lord, deep calls to deep. I want to go to the deep places in You. You know me better than I know myself. You know that I don’t like the unknown, but help my unbelief today. Reveal the areas of my life in which I am retaining control. I want You, yes, I need You in every area of my life. I don’t want my worship to be stagnant. I want it to be alive. I want it to be a sweet smell to You.

Favorite Song of the Day:
“How He Loves Us”
Kim Walker, We Cry Out

He is jealous for me
Love’s like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy
When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
and I realize just how beautiful You are and how great your affections are for me.
Oh, how He loves us so
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us so.

Yeah, He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves.

So we are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If grace is an ocean we’re all sinking
So heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about the way

That he loves us,
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves

He loves us,
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves us
Woah, how He loves