Worship Reflections: 05.31.09

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We are beginning a journey through Jesus’ longest recorded message.  It’s sometimes referred to as the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and is found in Matthew chapter 5.  
For all we speak and read and sing, it’s always humbling to study the words Jesus spoke.   It unclutters my theology.

This week we also had the opportunity to highlight the fact that we have quite a few students serving around the world this summer.  That, coupled with the fact that this was ‘Global Prayer Sunday’, allowed us to open up with a bit of a global theme. 

Flow of the service
highlight: students who are serving
He Reigns (Furler/Taylor)
responsive prayer: global focus
God of Wonders (Byrd/Hindalong) (chorus only)
Your Name (Packiam/Baloche)
offering prayer
Son of God (Neufeld/Neufeld/Cash/Cochran)
response: Center (Hall/Redman)

Random Thoughts
Our approach to this new series, at least in the first few weeks, is to focus on Jesus with songs and readings, rather than focusing on the specific theme of the message.  ‘Son of God’ is such a beautiful song for doing that.  We used it a few years ago, but let it go untouched for a while. So it most likely seemed new to lots of people.

Because I returned from vacation just a few hours before our rehearsal, while setting up this worship service I made the conscious choice to select songs that are well known by our musicians (‘Son of God’ was the exception, but is very very easy to learn).  My fellow vocalists were calling this an ‘oldies’ Sunday. Yep.  Oldest song of the day was written in 2000, with a whole pack of them written in 2006.  ‘Oldie’ is quite the relative term. :)

It’s been 3 weeks since I led worship vocally.  During that time, allergies hit.  I didn’t really think about that little combination of factors; would have benefited from SERIOUS vocal warmups. Sheesh.

I think I might have subtly insulted the entire 9:45 congregation with a little quip about ‘oh NOW you’re awake’ after our first song. Nothing says ‘hospitality’ quite like a sassy worship leader. 

A Note About Wichita Today
Toward the end of our morning at church, my husband and I heard about the murder of Dr. George Tiller.  This is a tragic news story that is hitting national media and once again illuminating the division in our community and country on the issue of abortion.  Our prayers go out to Dr. Tiller’s family and to his church. 

This post is a part of Sunday Setlists on Fred’s blog.  Check it out to see what other churches are doing.

15 thoughts on “Worship Reflections: 05.31.09

    • whoo-hoo!!! David… as I live and breathe. Commenting on my blog. Yay for relevant relatives. :) That was a great set list. Blessed Be Your Name is an ageless standard, as far as I’m concerned.

  1. Not having time to learn new stuff, my worship team is stuck on oldies, too. This past Sunday’s list: Indescribable, Yes You Have, Come Just As You Are (I think I win for oldies here!), Blessed Be Your Name (or this one), and Made to Worship. Great songs all, but most have been around the block a few times!

    As for sassiness, I have been known to tell our congregation, “As I choir director, I know you sing better standing up, so…”

  2. What Leslie said. Great point about keys; I’m always juggling them around. Some songs just loose their “oomph” when you take them away from the not-quite-human-tenor range…

    I love the graphic – who did that? Very powerful…

    • beth: my friend Justin did the graphic, with a little input from my husband & me. We’re adding in a subtitle every week under the main title. This week (the scripture being the beatitudes) the subtitle was ‘trophy’.

  3. yeah if you could email it, that’d be great
    my church really appreciates me singing songs in an alto/mezzo-soprano range, instead of a tenor’s range. And personally, I think that most men will sing in almost any key, but women won’t if it’s too high. And when women drop out, it sounds as if hardly anyone’s singing, merely because women’s voices (higher notes) carry more.

  4. I’ve been wanting to sing “Son of God” but wasn’t sure about what key would be good for a female to sing it in and the arrangement, any advice? What did you do to transfer it to the congregational setting?

    • Leslie: we changed the key to E. It’s a great key for a female to sing it it, but a little low for men. I’ll email you the chord chart if that would be helpful.

  5. A lot of people at Sterling give me a hard time for my Starfield obsession. “Son of God” is great.

    And, everyone loves a sassy worship leader.

  6. I love the “oldies” Sunday’s. I think our church likes it too. Kind of like a rest from the beating of new songs :)

    It will be fun to read your take on all the messages through this series. It should be good!

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