Worship Reflections 03.15.09

Set list
Glory to God Forever (Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching)
I Stand Amazed (Chris Tomlin arr.)
Amazed (Jared Anderson)

How it worked
Glory to God Forever:  our second time to use this song.  Love it.  Can’t wait until it’s released somewhere besides youtube. :) Steve Fee plays this song in B, but we do it in G.  Because.  Ended with chorus using acoustic and keys only so we could move directly into…
I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous):  an updated version of the hymn ‘My Savior’s Love’; band ends up hitting hard on the ‘how marvelous’ chorus’. A bit of reflection from  Zephaniah 3:17
Amazed: because of a tiny bit of confusion, we ended up with a bit of an instrumental interlude before vocals started, which really was quite nice.  Mellow keys, guitar, led beautifully by one of our male vocalists. 
Message: last week of a series out of Philippians.
Response: a few minutes of reflection time (solo piano in background)
Lord’s Supper:  music provided by two classical-style acoustic guitarists. Beautiful.
Amazed (reprise):  chorus and bridge only, building to include entire band. 
(In Christ Alone: planned to end the service with this song, but ran out of time.  Instead, we allowed ‘Amazed’ to develop into a great declaration as the end of our service.)

The Backstory I was worried about this Sunday for a variety of reasons.  First, technical stuff:  We had a new sound board installed last week which is great and very exciting. We sold our old board to another church who were anxious to get their hands on it, so we installed the new one as soon as it arrived.  BUT, our tech director was going to be gone on Sunday. Because we were looking for someone who would be comfortable stepping in with new gear, it took a while to confirm someone to cover audio. Our friend Dustin (who features in this video) agreed to cover, but wasn’t 100% sure he would be in town, so my dear husband was on deck for the job if Dustin couldn’t make it.  Which would have meant a bit of shifting in instrumentation for the songs because my husband was supposed to play acoustic. In the end, Dustin covered audio and did a great job.  And things sounded t-a-s-t-y with the new gear.

Second, the set itself: During rehearsal on Wednesday, the set felt reeeally mellow.  We adjusted how we were going to play ‘Amazed’ about 12 times, so by Sunday morning, there were multiple re-explainings required. In the end, in the moment, ‘Amazed’ turned into exactly what it needed to be, quite apart from the original or each of the subsequent plans.  Ain’t it crazy?  The worship experience overall provided great opportunities for quiet reflection, which, I’m becoming convinced, is terribly important for all of us when we are connecting with God.

This post is a part of Sunday Setlists at Fred’s blog where lots and lots of worship peeps share about their Sunday.  Check it!

7 thoughts on “Worship Reflections 03.15.09

  1. Steffanie… thanks for the comment! Yes, we’ve been enjoying that song.Dorothy… We’ve been using that song for several years. We have quite a few people who value the richness of hymn texts, so ‘In Christ Alone’ has been a song that has been effective for almost all the generations of worshipers we have. Keith Getty is one of the songwriters; most of his songs have this quality.

  2. I like the flow this week. How often do you do “In Christ Alone”?I just recently found out our church has never done “In Christ Alone”. Now, understand I try really, really hard not to step on the worship leaders toes. But, this is one I really felt convicted about doing for our upcoming Tenebrae service. I’d appreciate your thoughts.

  3. Haha… yeah, he does resemble Chuck Norris… here’s a ‘Chuck Norris’ factoid:-When Chuck Norris plays Oregon Trail his family does not die from cholera or dysentery, but rather roundhouse kicks to the face. He also requires no wagon, since he carries the oxen, axels, and buffalo meat on his back. He always makes it to Oregon before you.

  4. This all seems very familiar to me? I think it turned out great! We need a full cage for the drummer, that dude is wayyyyyy too loud!!!

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