Archive for March, 2009

This post is a part of Sunday Setlists – this is a great resource for finding new music, and seeing what other churches are doing around the world.

My friend Beth, a worship leader at The Well, came and co-lead with me this week. She and I led worship at a women’s retreat last fall and it was so much fun I had to do it again. We introduced a new song, Never Let Go – right now the sermons are out of Luke 15 leading up to the story of the prodigal son which we’ll talk about on Easter Sunday. It’s a very fitting song, topically, and it’s also really beautiful.

Here’s how our morning went:

Sing to the King (Foote) – E


(Wickham) – D
From the Inside Out (Hillsong) – G
Never Let Go (Crowder) – C
I Exalt Thee (Pete Sanchez Jr.) – F


Communion – Arise My Soul, Arise (G/A)

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If you need a refresher- I’ve taken on a challenge to write (and share) two songs a month this year. It’s had it’s ups and downs.. Listen to some of the stuff I’ve written here, here, here, and here.

In response to this post, I’m blogging about MY creative process.

What ignites that flame inside you to create?
There’s always been something in me that drives me to be creative. As a kid I was always in the art classes, and bands. I honestly think it’s something that God has put in me.

What sparks that passion inside you?
When I listen to something new/innovated/awesome – recently this video:

How do you channel your creativity into a finished product?
For me it HAS to be a conscious effort to draft/redraft/rerecord. I am, admittedly, lazy.

What do you do when you struggle to create?
Hide? … Kidding… Kind of.

I just keep trying.

How do you celebrate your wins?
Post about it, play the song for EVERYONE I know at least 100 times.

Do you enjoy your creative process?
Usually. Mostly when I’m finished.

How do you share your creative elements with others?
My blog, for one. I play my songs for my friends. Email mp3s to friends.

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This post is a part of Sunday Setlists – go check out what other churches did this morning!

It was an easy morning. Set up was easy, rehearsal was easy, the service was easy. I like it when that happens. We had a small team today – 2 acoustic guitars, a djembe and a vocalist. I came away from the this morning feeling like I was having fun – that is a great thing.

Unchanging (Tomin) – E

Break – Announcements

Reign in Us (Starfield) – G
Rescue (Anderson) – A
Jesus Messiah (Tomlin) – A
Here I am to Worship (Hughes) – D


Come Ye Sinners (Robby Seay Band arrangement) – D

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This is my update post regarding the songwriting challenge. I am updating to say, I have nothing to say. Not for lack of trying either. It’s been frustrating to sit and try and WILL a song into being.

Any ideas on how to cultivate a creative environment?

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This morning went really well. It was nice to have a week where nothing catastrophic happened – no sickness, tech issues, time issues. It felt really comfortable. The worship time during the gathering went at a good pace as well. Sometimes we tend to rush through the music, but this week we were intentional about creating space during the singing.

Here’s how our morning went:

All Creatures of Our God and King (Crowder) – Bb
Beautiful One (Hughes) – Bb


Mighty to Save (Hillsong) – F
Overcome (Egan) – F
Unashamed (Starfield) – E
How Great is Our God/How Great Thou Art (Tomlin) – G


Communion – Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) (Tomlin) – C

This post is a part of Sunday Setlists.

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Church As Simply As Possible

Thank you Dustin for posting this. In a blatant effort I’ve stolen his entire post to share with you guys what Lifehouse is about:

The economic downturn has affected us all. As a nation, we are currently reckoning with the possibility of a permanent alteration of the lifestyle to which we have grown accustomed. In the midst of these challenges, Lifehouse is attempting to carry on our church planting mission in Southeast Portland as simply as possible.

Lifehouse reduces expenses by:
-Not paying for office space by working out of homes and coffee shops that offer free wi-fi.
-Minimizing travel costs and commute expenses by engaging primarily in local, neighborhood ministry.
-Partnering with community organizations to provide tangible service rather than creating our own separate services.
-Reducing our technological expenses by using simple sound and visual equipment.
-Using free programs such as blogs and google rather than paying for websites and computer software.
-Relying on volunteers to carry on church ministry.
-Reducing ink costs by communicating electronically or printing in black and white.

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This post is a part of Sunday Setlists. Go check out what lots of other cool people did this Sunday.

I felt a little funny when I woke up this morning – tired of course, but also funny in the stomach. I ate breakfast anyway and was about half way through our run through when I realized I was certainly going to die. I know the flu is going around but it came on pretty suddenly today. However, at that point I was beyond the point of no return, and I decided to stay. Besides being sick, I think the morning went well. The high point for me again, was the response time after the speaking. We sang one of my favorite hymns- the lyrical content is so deep and rich.

The only technical problem is that when we came back up to lead Arise my Soul, Arise my capo basically snapped in half. I was going to put it on and it just popped apart. I looked at the other guitar player and said “please give me your capo” and we played it with one guitar, djembe and three voices.

Holy Is The Lord (Tomlin) – G
For Who You Are (Sampson) – E


Blessed Be Your Name (Redman) – A. I co-led this with the male vocals/guitar. I sang the verses and pre-chorus, and he sang the chorus and bridge. Honestly, I think the result was kind of anti-climactic- I was in the sweet part of my range at the end of the pre-chorus and when we transitioned to him singing melody it lost some oomph because it wasn’t in the same part of his range. I know this is rather nit-picky and I’m sure no one even thought about it (well, except another guitar/vocals guy who wasn’t playing today). It may work if we bump it up to Bb or B even.. but then it’d be out of everyone’s range, except the tenors. Something to think about, definitely.

Unashamed (Starfield) – G. We introduced this song today. I love the lyrics, the simplicity of the melody and especially the chorus.

We Fall Down/Doxology (Tomlin) – D. I just strung these two shorter songs together in the key of D and we used the Crowder version of Doxology with the amens at the end which was a great way to end this singing portion of the service.


Response – Arise, My Soul Arise – Bb/C. These are my favorite verses – but the whole song is amazing. And I don’t know where to find a recording. I heard it at a friends church a few years ago. I know the melody and arrangement we sang today are new but I have no clue who did it.

He ever lives above for me to intercede
His all redeeming love, His precious blood to plead
Before the throne of grace, before the throne of grace
He gladly bends and takes my place

Five bleeding wounds He bears received on calvary
They pour effective prayers they strongly plead for me
Forgive forgive they cry, forgive forgive they cry
This ransomed sinner must not die

So….. How was YOUR Sunday?

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