So some people know how much of a mercyme fan I am. I honestly didn’t realize it until I went to my third concert and sang along to all of their songs. I’ve become an even bigger mercyme fan since I realized just how much they like to tweet. They’re currently getting ready to release their next latest CD and I am extremely excited for it.
The CD is called, “The Generous Mr. Lovewell.” Bart Millard, the lead singer, explains a little bit more about the idea behind the CD:
It’s an interesting concept and I think one of the first “concept” albums from the group.
To help generate interest in their new CD, the guys from MercyMe went on a country-wide radio tour sharing their first single “All of Creation” with radio stations all over the USA. This first single is a great song of worship talking about every part of all creation bringing praise to God. Bart expands on this more here:
It’s an awesome song and is a great reminder of just how awesome God is. I love it! Here are the lyrics for the song. Feel free to comment and leave you’re opinions on the song.
Separated until the veil was torn
The moment that hope was born
and guilt was pardoned once and for all
Captivated but no longer bound by chains
left at an empty grave
the sinner and the sacred resolved
and all of creation sing with me now
lift up your voice and lay your burden down
and all of creation sing with me now
fill up the heavens let his glory resound
Time has faded and we see him face to face
every doubt erased forever we will worhip the king
the reason we breathe is to sing of his glory
and for all he has done praise the father praise the son and the spirit in one
and every knee will bow oh and every tongue praise the father praise the son and the spirit in one.
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.
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:
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.
On some level, I do consider myself a worship leader already. God has put me in a place where I am consistently leading worship and being asked to plan and lead music outside of just Sunday’s at church. I believe this is a God called position and I am walking in the path He has laid out for me. I am not certain where that path leads beyond going to school to be better equipped for it.
Music is becoming a passion of mine again. I thought I had lost that passion. I used to have to have music playing all the time. I have learned to live without it and be in silence. I think that is what God has been trying to teach me over these last five years. I had been going to school at His Hill in Comfort, TX and I was shown that God did not want me doing music anymore. I ended up coming back to Spokane and going to school for computers. I got a job in the computer field and got an associates in computer networking.
I spent a lot of time working on computers and even got to the point where I was in charge of running LAN parties for SpokLAN.net, a local computer gaming group. It was at this time (end of 2008) that I was asked to step into a position of leading music at my church. Our worship pastor had been called to another church and we were in need of people to step up and lead the church in music. I was one of four men asked to be music leaders for the church.
Trying to lead worship and plan LAN parties for SpokLAN simply wasn’t working out anymore. It was too much stress and it made me realize that a choice had to be made: Computers or music? While I loved computers and enjoyed working on them, I did not believe they were my passion or something I wanted to be my career. Music, was once my passion and is becoming my passion again. I spent countless hours in the music building at my high school. It is something that makes me truly happy. I want to continue to pursue it. I also know that it is something God was calling me to.
In the end there wasn’t really a choice. God also seems to have made that choice quite clear for me as well. Removing me from my computer job frees me to be totally focused on Him and what He wants from me. God has almost completely removed anything computer related from my life. I now have nothing more to do than think on Him and where He wants me to be. This is a great and scary time for my wife and me but I believe it is a great time for God to do some amazing things and show off. I leave you with a song from David Crowder Band that I love. It will be my anthem through this jobless season. I am excited to see what God will do.
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.
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
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!