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Worship Planning for August 16th, 2009

Hopefully this will be a single post regarding the planning of the service. Through thought and discussion with others, I decided that we should have a hymn sing Sunday. A lot of hymns that I personally haven’t sung in a very long time.

    Here is a quick list of the songs we’ll be singing this weekend:

  • I’ll Fly Away
  • Take My Life And Let It Be
  • Christ The Lord Is Risen Today
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Have Thine Own way Lord

I’m also kind of nervous for this weekend because I am debating about trying to go through the whole service this weekend without a guitar in my hands. I’m not certain how well it will work considering we’ll have a bass as well as a synthesizer. It should be interesting.

I am also torn about the offertory. Part of me wants to have the piano player come up with something and part of me wants to try and do something on my own. It might be fun to try and do something with just the piano player and myself. I’ll have to pray more about this and see what God comes up with.

Worship for August 9, 2009

This morning was an interesting worship service. It was a bit of a learning experience. I learned that “Good To Me” is a great song from my childhood but it really doesn’t have a place in a church worship service. I was convicted by God during communion, that that song needed to not be sung. It did not fit in anyway with the service. The reason I say that is because it’s a song about me and not about God. I don’t want services to be services that worship me or us as people. I want any worship service I’m a part of planning, to be a service that worships God and His amazing grace. “Good to me” doesn’t do that.

I almost changed the song during the service. But I decided not to do it and God confirmed that that was not a song to be played anymore. After the first service, Theresa, my wife, suggested “It is well.” Having heard Pastor’s sermon for the day, it fit with his theme on prayer and how the response to bad situations is to be in prayer.

That was the right song. While it was talking about us, it magnified God and what He has done for us as mankind. It also spoke about when trials come, we are OK because we have faith in God. I love when songs sing about the attributes of God. Trying to find songs that sing about those and not about us is a challenge. I hope some day that God will bless me with the ability to write those kinds of words.

Taking a weekend for myself

It’s been a long few weeks. Lots of different things going on that have kept me very busy. Lots of running around and planning things and really a lack of ability to stop. Today, I decided to take a day for myself. I would have preferred a whole weekend but unfortunately, it’s not going to happen (leading worship at church tomorrow).

I got up later than normal (9am); A great change from the 6:15am I usually see on my cell phone during the week. I lounged around the house for a few hours and then I went and saw Julie & Julia w/ my wife. She is a foodie and has been looking forward to that movie for a long time. She really liked it. Meryl Streep did an excellent job as Julia Child. I was quite impressed.

What does the rest of the weekend hold? Tonight I will be hanging out w/ my friends Matt & Nick. It sounds like we may go see a movie or go out and do something. Not certain what yet. We may even stay home and play WoW cards all day. :p

Matt was the best man at the wedding I went to yesterday for my friend Chris. It was a good ceremony. Lots of people there that I had no idea who they were. One thing they did at the ceremony that I wish I’d done at my wedding was they gave vows to each others parents. Chris vowed to Nicole’s parents to be a great husband and to always take care of her. Nicole vowed to Chris’ parents to be the best wife that she could be and to always love their son. It was really cool to see something like that added to the ceremony. Hardly ever do we see someone honor the parents in the relationship and it was a nice thing that made me smile.

Hopefully the rest of today will be as relaxing as the first half of it has been.

It’s Friday!!

Thank God for the weekend! This will be my first time to just relax in quite a few weeks. I’m really looking forward to it. The wife and I have plans to take Saturday completely off and do nothing except maybe see Julie & Julia. The wife has been wanting to see that movie since it was first announced. I’ll probly go see it w/ her and try and earn some brownie points.

Had rehearsal with the worship team last night. It’s gonna be good. I’m excited for it. Unfortunately, only half the team showed up to rehearsal. Granted, it didn’t help that I didn’t call them and remind them, so I can’t hold them completely at fault. I need to make sure and call them tonight and remind them that they’re singing/playing this weekend.

My first wedding for the month is happening tonight. My friend Chris is getting married tonight at 6pm. Chris and I went to Jr. High and HS together. I’m really excited for him. His wedding is tonight, and then in three weeks another wedding will be happening in Las Vegas for my friend Matt. I’m in the wedding party for that one. That will be the first time I’ve ever been to Vegas. I’m kinda excited/nervous about it. It should be pretty awesome though. After that is my best friend Arick’s wedding. I’m the best man for that.

Overall a summer of craziness that I can’t wait to be over. I’m excited to see my friends getting married and beginning a new chapter in life.

Worship Planning for August 9, 2009 Part V

Had a bit of an oops last night. I realized that we’d done Shine Jesus Shine last week, and as a personal rule, I try and avoid repeating songs too often. So, we’re doing Shout to the Lord instead.

Here’s the full order of events for this weekend’s service:
  • Announcements: Pastor Ron
  • Shout to the Lord
  • Greeting
  • Lord I Lift Your Name On High
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Pastoral Prayer
  • Offeratory: – Piano Solo
  • Good To Me
  • Communion: – Piano Solo
  • Message

I am not as satisfied with this service as I have been with others. Hopefully God will still use it though.

Worship Planning for August 9, 2009 Part IV

After some thinking and talking with some of the other people that work in the music ministry at church, I have decided on a different set of songs for this weeks service. Here’s a list:

  • Lord I Lift You Name On High
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Good To Me
  • Shine Jesus Shine

Hopefully this will bless the people at church. Now I just need to get lyrics to the church and start putting binders together. Rehearsal tomorrow!

Worship Planning for August 9, 2009 Part III


I ended up having my wife e-mail a great list of songs and it really got me going. I got some great inspiration. Then I realized that that lady is playing… You know… The lady who learned to play the hymns from the people who wrote them. :p

I’m kidding. This lady has always had difficulty playing more contemporary music. I had a nice list of music going and then I noticed that a lot of it is “newer” stuff. I’m hoping that she’ll be able to play them all.

    Here’s what I’ve come up w/ so far:

  • Blessed Be Your Name
  • I Stand Amazed
  • Better is One Day
  • Above All

I need a few more songs. We’re doing communion this Sunday so I need some music playing in the background. I may just have our pianist play something. Whenever you give her the chance to do what she wants, it’s incredible!

I want more

I’m in a place where I’m realizing I want more out of life. Right now my life is very simple and plain. Not a lot going on. The last big event that I had in my life, Spocon, has passed. Now the only things to occupy my time besides work, is planning worship services for church. And that’s on a very inconsistent schedule.

Seeing other people move on with their lives makes me realize how stagnant I’ve been. I’ve got friends that are getting married in the next week, I’ve got other friends releasing CD’s, and I have other friends truly living their dreams. I envy them.

I wish I had their courage to pursue my dreams. That lack of courage has kept me from being the musician I want to be. I never have the courage to share my own thoughts. Like right now, I’m paranoid people are going to find this blog and think I’m weird. It’s rough. But I need to learn to be vulnerable and share my words/music if God is going to use it. He will give me the courage.

Worship Planning for August 9, 2009 Part II

Well, it’s Tuesday and I haven’t been able to come up with any music for this weekends worship service. I haven’t been able to come up with a theme much less songs to go with that theme. I’ve been in this road block before and it’s never fun. I hope God inspires me today.

I plan on going to church this evening to get music all setup and ready to go. Hopefully I’ll know what I’m doing by then.