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Well, HELLO fall! Woke up this morning to a torrential down pour. Being a holiday weekend I had some trouble finding musicians, but a friend stepped in at the 11th hour (no, seriously, he called me at 11 last night!) and we had a small group – guitar, vocals and a djembe. Here’s our set:

1. Unchanging (Tomlin)
2. Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)
3. Never Let Go/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Crowder)
4. Beautiful, Scandalous Night (Daugherty & Hindalong)
5. Holy, Holy, Holy (Arr by Sufjan Stevens)
6. The Doxology (Arr by Tommy Walker)

Our one tech issue was that we overloaded a breaker in the school and half the cafeteria/auditorium we meet in lost power during our rehearsal. While Tom and the school employee searched for the breaker box we did some acoustic rehearsal. We got done on time and everything was great for the service.

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So, I guess I totally forgot to post our Sunday Setlist last week! Oops. Well, here is how our Sunday went today:

I was terribly distracted this morning – When I went to leave my house this morning, I found that our car had been broken into. Ugh. Nothing important was taken but the thieves made a big mess of my car. I ended up being a little late. Our setup/run through seemed like a lot of work this week. We didn’t have a rehearsal so that didn’t help anything. In addition to that I was also busy setting up garageband to record the service. (Our first time using a computer record from the board) Despite the business/craziness of the morning the actual time of worship was good. Refreshing.

Here’s our set:

1. Holy is the Lord (Tomlin)
2. Cannons (Wickham)
3. All We Need (Hall)
4. Rescue (Anderson)
5. Psalm 46 (Mine)


So tell me, how did your Sunday go?

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1. Blessed Be Your Name (Redman) – Gb
2. For Who You Are (Hillsong) – E
3. How Great is Our God (Tomlin) – Gb
4. Never Let Go (Crowder) – Db
5. Psalm 46 (Mine) – E
6. Nothing But the Blood (Hymn) – Gb

Another hot and sweaty sunday for us. Despite it being quite warm, we had a great morning. I also got to debut a new song I had written. Here is a recording (not live) that I did really quickly with my iPhone. I was a bit hesitant to use it congregationally but the response from everyone was incredible and overwhelmingly positive.

Let me know what you think in the comments section, pretty please?

Lyrics:

Psalm 46

(Verse 1)
Mountains shake, the world breaks
Life falls down and so do I
Plans change, I make mistakes
No matter how much I’ve tried

(Pre-chorus)
But in the midst of this, You are here
I’m safe in Your strength
You are my refuge, I will not be moved
My heart melts at these words You say

(Chorus)
Oh be still
Oh be still
And know that I am God

(Verse 2)
I believe You are my peace inside of all this grief
I believe You’re what I need in troubled times like these

(Bridge)
Storms come and go, seasons pass and still You stay
Life ebbs and flows, time turns and still You say

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This post is a part of Sunday Setlists! This is the year anniversary of the Sunday setlist blog carnival.

1. I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous) – E
2. All We Need (Hall) – D
3. Desert Song (Fraser) – D
4. Make Way for Me a Sinner (Vice) – Bb
5. Unashamed (Starfield) – Eb
6. Doxology (Tommy Walker Arr.) – D

This morning we started setup a bit early to make sure we had enough time to rehearse our songs. Due to some schedule/summer conflicts we canceled our weekly rehearsal. We had more than enough time to run through everything we needed, with time to spare. Everything went really smoothly, musically. We tagged “I Exalt Thee” on the end of “All We Need” and it was really sweet. This was our second week singing “Make Way for Me a Sinner” and I could see and hear people getting more involved in the song now that they know it. Success!

We are in a bit of heat wave here in Portland, and since we meet in a (non a/c’d) school, it was a bit on the warm side, even at 10:30 this morning. However, some brilliant, loving soul thought to bring the makings for iced coffee for everyone. It was completely amazing, especially since we get Stumptown (the most delicious coffee, ever).

Tell me – how was your Sunday? Does anyone else get to do church in a non air conditioned building?

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Here I am again! Last weekend was my birthday (the big TWO SEVEN) and I had the Sunday off to go camping with my husband and some of our friends. It was good to be back at church on Sunday. Here’s our set:

1. Our God Reigns (Cederberg) – G
2. Holy is the Lord (Tomlin) – D
3. Your Grace is Enough (Maher) – C
4. Great is Thy Faithfulness – G
5. Christ the Solid Rock – D

Overall it was a good morning – the soundboard cooperated, the team sounded good, the music flowed well. My arrangement of Great is Thy Faithfulness was really nice, I changed some of the melody, but not so much that it was confusing to sing along with. Also, it was requested of me to play Christ the Solid Rock for our response/communion time so I got to learn and play it all in one week. I think it went okay for me just learning it this past Wednesday.

Question – how many of you use or enjoy the use of hymns in your gathering? Why? Why not?

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This post is a part of Sunday Setlists. Click over to Fred’s blog and check out what other churches did this week!

Here’s our song list from Sunday morning:

1. Beautiful One (Hughes) – Bb
2. All Creatures of Our God and King (Crowder version) – A
3. Sing to the King (Foote) – E
4. Never Let Go (Crowder) – C
5. Here Is Love (Redman version) – D

High point – Setup was quick. We’ve been doing this for long enough that mostly everyone just knows what to do instead of standing around waiting to be told. The worship time was great too. We had a simple set up for musicians – guitar, bass, djembe – and I felt like the simplicity of the music really lent to letting our concentration be on God.

Low point – Continual speaker buzz. Frustrating that it was totally unexplainable. Also I made a big mistake on Here is Love. However it was our first time singing it and I don’t think many people realized what I did – I repeated the second verse and sang it to the tune of the chorus. My eyes went to the wrong paragraph on the page and out came the second verse instead of the first chorus which I was meaning to sing. Everyone followed along and I was very lucky that the syllables all fit in the tune.

Also- on the way home Bryce told me that I made some typos on the slides. Of course I had a mini heart attack and started to feel incredibly embarrassed. He let me ramble on about it for about 3 minutes until he told me he was kidding…. I can laugh about it now, anyway 😉

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As always… this post is a part of Sunday Setlists!

After my mini-vacation last Sunday, I was happy to get back to doing music this morning. We had a small setup with just two guitars and one backup singer. Our set looked like this:

1. Holy Is The Lord (Tomlin) – D
2. All Creatures of Our God and King (Crowder version) – B
3. Unashamed (Starfield) – E
4. You Alone (Crowder) – D
5. Come Thou Fount – Bb
6. Hungry (Scott) – C

Overall I enjoyed this morning. I was a bit preoccupied during setup because we didn’t have anyone specifically there to run the sound board, we made last minute song choices and I was trying to make sure nothing fell through the cracks. At the last minute I remembered to turn on the ipod for preservice, so everything was taken care of on my end. From my perspective everything sounded good but I found out afterwards the mic was clipping in the main speakers. That’s a bit frustrating because it’s not something anyone knows how to fix exactly. And without a person running the soundboard today there was just nothing we could do. Despite that issue (that I was oblivious to during the service), I think it was a great morning. People were engaged, I was relaxed and we didn’t run over time.

So, tell me… how was your Sunday?

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