Sunday Setlists: 09/13/09

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Recap:  Last week my family and I were away in the Adirondaks for a much needed time of rest and relaxation.  So, this week was my first week back.  It wasn’t easy!!

I was so excited to be back.  I love worshipping God through music, I love being used to lead others in worship of God, and I love seeing people worshipping.  This week was great, but as I said it wasn’t easy!

“What do you mean?  What was so difficult about it?”

Glad you asked!  I met with Marty and Steve that morning to pray, just like we always do.  We talked for a bit and prayed, but I could sense something was off in me even then.  It was a battle to keep my mind fixed on Christ that morning.  Worries of the service’s order crept in, thoughts on how did I sound, fear of interruptions or the sound system problems being a distraction.  It was horrible.

I pressed into the Lord and asked Him to help.  It didn’t seem to come.  So many people said that the worship that morning was incredible.  I can’t agree more.  The people in the audience were meeting with God, but it seemed that there was a wall between Jesus and me.

As we came out of “All Who Are Thirsty”, I got mixed up.  I thought we were going into a special song we were going to perform, and told everyone to sit for a moment…don’t you love when that happens.  I realized my mistake, but kept going.  I told everyone that they should reflect on this next song.  We started strumming an opening to “What a Friend”

…man I love that song, it brings back memories of when I was 15 and newly saved.  Wow!  God showed me that he could use my love of music to reach people.  Thank God for Delirious? !

So, as we sang this song out, God moved in me.  My fear left, there was disappointment if I sang a wrong note or strummed the wrong chord.  It was incredible.  What was a mistake on my part was also God’s way of opening my heart to the moving of His Spirit. 

Set List:

Blessed Be Your Name – Matt Redman

Come Now is the Time to Worship – Brian Doerksen

All Who Are Thirsty – Kutless Version

What A Friend – Delirious?

You and Me – Ken Block

Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble – Delirious?

Links:

Planning Center Online worship set list

Fellowship Holden Online Service On-Demand

Livin’ Out Loud,

Al

Worship Recap and Set List: August 23, 2009

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Recap: Sunday was the first message in a two week series we are doing based on The Shack.  Jeff Campbell, one of the leaders at Fellowship Holden, really hit home that we all have a “shack,” a place of suffering or let down in our life.  If you weren’t there, check it out at the Fellowship Church online campus.  It was very powerful and challenging.

Worship was great, and for me was particularly exciting.  “Why?” you may ask!  well, this was the second week in a row that I really felt like I was part of the worship experience, not just leading and conducting from the stage.  It has been so refreshing to finally come to a point where I let go of my concerns for the operations of the morning, I let go of trying to ensure that everything and everyone follows the “plan” I constructed for this week.  God has really been working on me in this area. 

God has reminded me that I need to not just be a worship leader, but be, as I think Matt Redman put it, a Lead Worshipper.  Someone who isn’t just show, but is truly a worshipper.  Not someone standing on a stage, but who in spirit stnads along side of his brothers and sisters worshipping and glorifying the King of Glory.   I have had my attention centered on our King, Jesus!  It has been so incredible. 

 There were a few hiccups throughout the service.  We had some feedback when Jeff began speaking, and some fails before the service bagan, but Phil our sound director worked his tail off to get in line.  I had the privilege of having my brother, Christian, playing lead guitar with our band this week.  I love playing with him, because he tends to bring fire down when he plays.  It’s also pretty cool to have your younger brother up there worshipping and leading along with you.

Setlist:

  • Opened with King – Tree63
  • From the Inside Out – Hillsong United
  • Above All – Susan Warren, one of our other worship leaders has a killer voice, and many times brings incredible  harmonies to the songs, but she led this one and it was really moving to me.
  • I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2:  We closed out the service with – I saw a bunch of people singing along, but I thought this song was so fitting in conjunction with the opening message for The Shack series.

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What is Worship

So, a few weeks ago I mentioned that I would be doing a study about worship.  I am still doing that. 

Hey! The Bible has a lot to say about the topic. So, cut me some slack okay!?

I noticed one thing so far.  The first real use of the Hebrew word for worship occurs in Genesis 22:5.  Some bible versions use the english word “Worship” for the Hebrew word that means “Call,” which is in Genesis 4:26.  But the actaul first mention of the word translated to English as “Worship” comes in chapter 22.

“Why is this important?” I hear ya out there!

Well one of the rules for Bible study is the Law of First Mention.  This method of Bible study teaches that the Bible will define its own terms within itself.  So, typically the first time a word is mentioned, if you use the context, you have a definition.

For instance. In the passage I mentioned just a few moments ago, we see Abraham and his son Isaac travelling with their servants.  Abraham tells the servants to wait there while he and his son go up the mountain to “Worship.”

Well, Abraham was instructed to sacrifice his one and only son that God had been promising for years, and who had finally arrived.  Kinda crazy huh?  And here goes Abe and Izzy up the hill to “Worship.”  So, I guess, using the law of bible study we just talked about, Abraham was going to worship God through sacrifice.

“Whoa, now Al!” It’s a hard thing to think that a form of worship, maybe the primary form of worshipping God is sacrifice!

What are you willing to sacrifice for God?

Livin’ Out Loud,

Al

Sunday @ Felllowship Holden

Can I just say Holy Rock!!!

Sunday morning was an incredible time. We opened with a rendition of “Machinehead” by Bush. It was awesome! The worship music was right on, and the message that Jeff brought was insanely good!

I never realized how much I whine about my “Difficult” or “Full” days. How about how often I justify not reaching out on a regular basis, because I’m too busy. God really impressed upon me that I need to incorporate outreach into every facet of my “Schedule.”

* What’s up with me and the ” ” marks today!! Oh well.*

Seriously though. Outreach can happen any where and at any time. I need to ask God to keep that in my mind.

Be ever watchful for oportunities to share the love of Christ with people.

Living out loud
Al