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Today we had out newest member of the worship team join us. I was really excited for this morning, I knew that he was a good guitar player and piano player- both of which we need. This morning we had myself leading and on acoustic, him singing harmonies and playing acoustic, and a percussion player. I brought out some arrangements of songs I haven’t introduced yet, and they sounded extra special with the added lead/finger picking/alt chords. It added a huge new dimension to our sound and I had a ton of people commenting to me about it after the service.

I’ve decided we are going to start having weekly practices after the new year. There are so many little things that we could do better if we had more time to work through songs. Right now the sound is good- but with the added practice and community building I know we will more towards sounding excellent. The one big roadblock is that we are a mobile church- we rent out an elementary school for Sunday mornings. I’m not sure where we could have a regular meeting place. Anyone in this kind of situation have any advice?

1. O Come All Ye Faithful – D We played this as an upbeat opener song today in 4/4. I heard this on the radio yesterday in 6/8 and kept starting it in the wrong time signature all day yesterday. Let me tell you I was very conscious of that this morning.

2. Your Love Oh Lord – D I haven’t led this song in… three or four years?

3. Here I am to Worship – E Totally changed up the arrangement on this one, which made the difference this morning. I played it all in the open chords up on the neck for the verses- not the chords you learn when you can’t play barre chords yet, but those funky ones, you know? Hard to explain! We used the vi chord in place of the I in the chorus which made it feel very dramatic. And awesome.

4. Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone – C We had a time of communion at the end today, and this song fit perfectly. However, this is where the weekly practices could have seriously helped- the communication was a bit off between the other guitar player and I. I don’t even know if anyone else noticed, but it was obvious in the dynamics of the song that we had
just ran through it that morning.

Advent Candle

5. What Child is This? – Dm I just LOVE carols! This one was so much fun to play.

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