Each week I try to blog about our Sunday Service.
I include this post in the blog over at Fred McKinnon's site.
There you can see lots of worship leaders talk about their services.
I encourage you to check it out.
Here's what we did today.
Orchestral Prelude: Since Jesus Came Into My Heart (Ab / BH#624)
O Worship The King (Eb-F/BH#738)
New Arrangement / V1, V2, Key Change, V3
Take My Life (Holiness) (F/BH#589)
Omit repeat @ m12, rest as written. V1, C, V2, C, C
Give Us Clean Hands (F/BH#590)
Begin @ m12, play rest as written. C, V, C, C.
Prayer / Fellowship: Bro. Steve
Since Jesus Came Into My Heart (Ab / BH#624)
1st, 2nd, and last
As Written until end @ m29 / V, C, V, C, C, no Tag.
Choir Special: At The Name Of Jesus (Octavo)
Transitional Chorus: Take My Life (Holiness) (F / BH#589)
1V & Chorus Only
Message: Bro. Steve: “The Parable Of The Big Barn” (Luke 12:16-21)
Theme: stewardship, salvation
Invitation: I Have Decided To Follow Jesus (BH#434)
Closing Chorus: All Hail King Jesus (BH#295)
I was pretty happy with the flow of the service today. It was a little old school. The newest song was Paul Baloche's "Offering". But it flowed well.
We did a very southern version of "Since Jesus Came Into My Heart". I even hammed it up a lot on the formatas during the chorus. Imagine Bugs Bunny holding his hand up for way too long when directing the opera singer. There were a couple of those moments. Was that worshipful? Maybe not. But the song was very "celebratory" (Is that a word?) so I did it just for fun. I have no problem doing goofy stuff like that from time to time if it helps people laugh, loosen up, and maybe be more open to expression other emotions during the worship.
We transitioned from that to "Offering" which went really well. I started the service not sure what to say to help make this transition, but I guess God did it for me, because as we ended "Since Jesus..." we were laughing, and I was reminded about the joy God gives us. I was reminded that owe God everything, including our offering of praise. That led right into the next song.
Finally I've got to say something about the choir song.
I know a lot of churches who no longer utilize a choir and maybe have never even considered having an orchestra. Today was one of those days that I was especially glad we did have them. Hearing the choir, horns, and tympani drums on "Cindy Berry's "At The Name Of Jesus" was awesome musically and it led me to worship. I was especially glad when I turned from directing the choir and saw many of our church members on their feet giving praise to God.
I'm so thankful to be a part of what God is doing here.