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Worship Planning for October 18th, 2009 – Part II

Here’s the final list of music for this weekend:

Above All
Amazing Love (You Are My King)
Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman Version)
The Old Rugged Cross
Resurrection Hymn
Special Music: The Hammer Holds – Bebo Norman

Not certain on the order yet but I’ll be working on putting music together for the rest of the day. Whoo hoo excitement!

Worship Planning for October 18th, 2009

I haven’t been thinking a ton about music for this weekend but I’m thinking a service about the cross and the finished work that was accomplished there. I haven’t gotten all of the music planned out yet but here’s some ideas:

The Old Rugged Cross
The Wonderful Cross (Chris Tomlin/Matt Redman version)
Special: The Hammer Holds – Bebo Norman

Not certain what other songs to go in there yet but I plan on spending my day figuring something out. I’ll add more songs as I think of them.

Worship Planning for September 27, 2009

So I’ve been actually thinking about worship since last week but I am stuck in a rut and not certain where to go.

Here is what I’ve come up with so far:

Arise
I saw the Light – The Hymn version, not the David Crowder Version
In Christ Alone
I Stand Amazed (In the Presence) – Another Hymn
I Will Rise – Special
We Will Dance

I am really not certain about the special and the last song. We Will Dance is OK, but I’m really not liking I Will Rise as the special. I want something more celebratory and upbeat. Not so much of a downer. I’m just not sure what that song should be. I’m going to keep praying and hope I can get something figured out before two or three so we can start getting programs made.

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.

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

Well…

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!

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.

Worship planning for August 9, 2009

I’m leading music at my church again this weekend. Which means time to start planning and putting a bunch of music together. It’s such an awesome process. To think about putting music together so that people can corporately praise God. It’s an amazing time to sit down and think about the words of songs and their meaning and how they can draw people into God’s presence.

Whenever I do try to plan worship, I try and think of a central theme that can be sung throughout the music. In an ideal world, the music would say the exact same thing as the message being preached that day is saying. Unfortunately that doesn’t always work. So through prayer and the leading of the Holy Spirit, I pick songs that I believe God is leading me to.

I am not certain yet where God is leading for this week of worship. We will find out in the next few hours, hopefully. My personal goal would be to have all of the music at least picked out by tonight and e-mailed to Armida at church by the morning. We’ll see if that desire matches up with God’s plan for this week.