It’s been a while since I last posted on the setlist for Sundays. This is a part of Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlists (#27).
Today was a good day for music in our service. You know, it’s odd. We are an aging church with this youthful insurgence that craves more current worship music. But we still are an aging church. Each Sunday we play rockin’ stuff, but it looks like the demographic is getting older. Each Sunday, I wrestle with worship that needs to represent the congregation, but also moves in the direction of God’s renewing activity in the world. This morning was no exception. I do see septuagenarians stepping side to side a little bit, but the vibe is kind of odd. All that to say, there’s a tension in church where the style and demographic don’t quite align, isn’t there?
This morning, we opened with Everyday (Hillsong United). This song always moves and I think that most folks appreciate the opportunity to affirm, “It’s you I live for everyday.” I have some students who are taking on a role in the band and this song enables them so soar a bit (which is definitely good for the overall demographic).
Next we tackled Everlasting God (Tomlin). A song that most of the congregation can sing without thinking too much. I think you have to include those kinds of songs. We don’t need to theologize on the lyrics of every tune. Speaking of, I really didn’t say much of anything while leading worship today. Sometimes you couldn’t shut me up with duct tape and a stapler, today wasn’t one of those days for some reason.
God of this City (Tomlin). I don’t care where you are, this song is a mission statement that only the most courageous can follow and sing. The anthem itself is almost a promise. You have to be careful just mouthing these words! Powerful. And this song could move a congregation if played only on a jewsharp.
Prince of Peace (Can’t Remember – we’ve been playing it 15 years). Our group likes the time we spend naming the names of God in this song. If you haven’t yet done this song, work it. People like being engaged by things they don’t normally know how to think about.
Lastly, at the end of the service we did a sweet arrangement of Praise to the Lord, the Almighty. We tried to model the sound after the version Christy Nockels did on the Passion Hymns record. Now, this, this was representative of the whole congregation. The spirit moved…and the deal is…my wife can just flat out sing!
A couple of notes:
1. If you haven’t checked out Christ Tomlin’s new worship site fqworship, I recommend doing so. Especially, if you tend to play alot of worship songs that come from that end of the spectrum. It’s a pay site. There may be a free option, but you get what you pay for. I like it. For the money, I have access to a worship planning site that I’m just now beginning to figure out how to use.
2. Also, check out the New Spring Church site and watch the beginning of the “Week 3: Go and Tell” in the current series. The band starts out with a simply rock-o-phonic version of “This Little Light of Mine.” We will be playing that next week! We’ll also be playing “Let Love Rule” as recorded by Ginny Owens (available on iTunes).
Problems to work out:
1. No sound man. The sound is very church nightmare like. Pray that God sends us a person with ears (and experience).
2. I’m a tenor. I like songs in their original key, but we always have to change the key into this unsingable bari-range. I sound like a sea lion with broken ribs every sunday. Oh, well…Jesus is praised anyway.