worship service outline
“I Love to Sing the Story” (combined choir & orchestra)
How Great is Our God (Tomlin)
Mighty to Save (Fielding/Morgan, Laura Story arr.)
Message: final in four week series “Just Walk Across the Room”
You are the Light (Fee) (offering & playout)
how it worked
There’s nothing like the sound of a full orchestra. period.
We finally found an arrangement of ‘Mighty to Save’ that works for us. We have tried to use this song repeatedly over the past couple of years, always turning to the Hillsong recordings as our model. Their arrangements are epic… wall of guitars… soaring male vocals… etc etc. It may have been just in my head, but the song kept beating us. We kept trying it, though, largely because it is a great corporate worship song that has become a part of the current worship lexicon; our congregation needs to know it! Somehow Laura Story‘s arrangement gave us permission to play like us rather than trying to be like Hillsong, and now it just works! I know this because we, as musicians, are engaging with it rather than fighting with it, and I see our congregation engaging as well, which is the whole point.
Love the song ‘You are the Light’. Such a great proclamation about reflecting the light of God’s message to the world. Yum.
Something powerful happened within our worship service today. I can’t attribute it to anything other than the work of the Holy Spirit. Nothing super dramatic, just a strong sense of the church truly offering praise. I usually respond to this through tears (handy when I’m singing), and usually because the words of a song as applied to my own little life smack me around a bit. Today, I actually had several people comment about experiencing a strong sense of the Spirit during worship, so I know it wasn’t just me. I love that.
one small step from ‘fail’
During the message in the 9:45 service, I went to my office for a bit and got in a conversation with my office mate. Walked back to the auditorium with what I thought would be about 5 minutes remaining in the message. Entered the back of the room to see (a) our pastor praying and (b) my team walking on stage for our final song, looking a bit worried because they weren’t seeing me. Yikes. This could have been bad. Very very bad. I did make it, though. And will never ever ever leave the room again, ever.
How was your worship experience this Sunday?