Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sunday Setlist 01-20-13 and The Co-Host

I'll tell you about our Sunday services in a minute, but before I do...

Have you ever had an idea that didn't work out exactly like you expected? A few years ago I attempted to record a video blog with my 3 year old son, Gavin. The final result that I posted can be seen ...Oh wait. It can't be seen. I never actually finished the video. But the first couple tries at filming are below..

Fast forward 3 1/2 years and that gets us to current day. So now here's a recap of our services this week. It was a bit of an unusual day today.
  • Our bass guitarist was out of town.
  • Our fill-in bass guitarist was out of town.
  • Our youth ministry was out of town at a retreat.
  • Our PowerPoint volunteer for the day was even out of town.
How in the world would we solve these problems? Easy.
  1. Our percussion guy played the bass line on tympani. Seriously. You haven't heard a good bass line until you've heard it on tympani. Well, "good" might be a stretch but it worked.
  2. Get a PowerPoint volunteer from another week to fill in. But since she's supposed to also be doing Children's church, allow her to head that way during the message and get our baritone player to run PowerPoint during the last couple songs. Easy, right? Clearly Nathan thinks so...
Actually, he didn't mind pulling double duty at all. It was his idea. I think his look is more about the fact that I'm taking the pic.

Even with these interesting situations, it was a good day.

Knowing that our students would be out, I planned the service to lean a little more traditional in style because of the crowd I knew we'd have. Here's what it looked like...
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Hymn with slightly updated arrangement)
Your Name (Paul Baloche)
Blessed Assurance (Hymn)
Worthy Is The Lamb (Darlene Zschech)
Offertory Prayer
Choir Special: Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
Amazing Love (You Are My King) (Billy Foote)
I Have Decided To Follow Jesus (hymn)
Blessed Assurance. (Hymn)
Do you think a worship leader should put together a service based on who will likely attend and their worship style? Or should a church stick with a certain style every Sunday regardless of the attenders? What say you?

Also, isn't Gavin the cutest thing ever?
What say you?

This post is part of the Sunday Setlists that can be seen at The Worship Community.  Go there to see what other churches are doing and maybe even submit your own service.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Conversation With Myself, AKA Taco Bell And The Big 'Un

A conversation with myself that I had today. (Written late on the night of 01/09/13)

Shawn - This is the Shawn you know. His thoughts get filtered before you hear them come out of his mouth. 
Self – This is the internal Shawn that very few of you know. The mesh in his filter is torn and well, it don’t work so good. 

7am – While driving to work. 
Shawn: Self, we’re going to eat healthy today, right. I’m mean, look at us. It’s time to get it back in gear like we did a few years ago. 
Self: Yeah. Sure. Whatever. 

9:30pm -  While driving home from church 
Shawn: Self, we did pretty good today, right? We ate less than 1700 calories all day and drank plenty of water too. Maybe we'll even get on the treadmill for a mile or 2 when we get home? 
Self: You do see that Taco Bell sign ahead, don’t you. 
Shawn: Yeah, I see it. I’m trying to ignore it.
Self: You know a taco doesn’t really have many calories.

Shawn: I know but we’re agreed to not eat after 8pm anymore, didn’t we. 
Self: But, it’s a church night. Doesn’t that make a difference? 
Shawn: I don’t know, man. I mean we did stay out later and didn’t really eat much supper before church. Maybe a chicken soft taco or 2 wouldn’t hurt. 
Self: Exactly. I’m glad you see it my way. Do you remember how tasty that XXL burrito we had last week was. What if we got that instead?

Shawn: But that’s like 800 calories or something crazy like that, isn’t it? 
Self: I’ve got one word for you...Tasty 
Shawn:  Ok, fine. 1 XXL Burrito...and a diet coke. That will even it out and make it ok won’t it? 
Self: Yeah sure. You go ahead and think that, Big ’un.
A few minutes later after having received the food – 
Shawn: Hey wait a minute. They also put a chicken quesadilla in here. We didn’t order this! 
Self: Woo hoo! A freebee! Gotta love it. 
Shawn: I guess we’ll just throw it away. We really don’t need th... 
Self: (With a full mouth.) Shut up dude. I’m trying to eat.

Things will be different today I’m sure.
Self: (whispering in the background) Yeah. Sure. Whatever.