Worship Reflections 04.20.08

Music used in blended worship services:
Holy God, We Praise Your Name
Your Name (Baloche/Packiam)
Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King (Gateway Church arr.)
Fairest Lord Jesus

Music used in contemporary worship service:
Everlasting God (Brown/Riley)
Hallelujah to My King (Brown/Baloche)
Your Name (Baloche/Packiam)
You Never Let Go (Redman)
Grace Like Rain (Agnew)

During the week leading up to this Sunday, I took 4 days of vacation… on the beach… far far away… with four dear friends. That meant I had Monday to finalize both set lists, and communicate about it to everyone who needed to know. I also was going to miss one of the two rehearsals for the week. And I knew it was going to be difficult for me to get my head totally in the game for the weekend. So, while still paying attention to flow and style and singability and playability and intentional worship and where God wants our congregation to go (breath), we had to have set lists that were familiar and solid and almost play themselves. Personally, I wasn’t crazy about the flow of the songs in either setting…. I’m not sure if I can explain why. It was missing that intangible factor that seems to make things less mechanical. I spend hours chasing that intangible factor every week. That said, worship still happened. Anyone in the room had the opportunity to enter into worship using the tools we offered. Anyone in the room who had paid attention to God’s voice around them during the week prior had the chance to celebrate that. Anyone in the room who wanted to stand in awe of the power of the name of Jesus had the freedom to do so. Which, it turns out, is actually the goal. Weeks like this help me keep the whole ‘striving’ thing in perspective.

3 thoughts on “Worship Reflections 04.20.08

  1. Paul… thanks for the comment.Fred… I could spend 30 blog posts unpacking the ‘interesting’ dynamic of our current worship configuration. :) We are going to be changing it however, which I will be blogging about soon.

  2. Kim,thanks for posting the lists .. I’m always interested in what others are doing. Oddly, I’ve seen lots of churches do Traditional Services and Contemporary, but never have I seen a “blended service” and a “contemporary” service … that’s interesting … and cool!

  3. Thanks for the reminder that God still works in the midst of our weakness and our striving. We often find out that God uses what we offer in spite of us!

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