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This morning, we had our first really “good” morning of the year. People were back from vacation or Christmas break, and there was energy in the room! I felt really good about how everything went, and we only had a few hiccups along the way.

We introduced Phil Wickham’s “True Love,” which is a fantastic song with a fantastic lyric. It provides a beautiful summation of the gospel, and it is done in a very fresh and thought-provoking way. If you haven’t heard it, you need to.

We also brought back a newer song that we taught a few months back, “Salvation’s Chorus,” off of North Point Live’s Louder Than Creation. This is a fantastic lyric with solid, up tempo music. I love this song, even though I get tied in knots trying to keep the lyric straight! I love remembering the idea that the redeemed believers are the only ones who can sing that song to God, not even the angels really get it!

“Let Me Sing” has become one of my favorite songs. The chorus sings: “Let me sing/ Louder than creation to You/ for the pain You bore in Your body/ to bring my soul to You.” I love the clear statement about how Christ suffered for us, to bring us to God. Beautiful!

Anyway, here’s the set:

“Kingdom” (A) – Kristian Stanfill
“Salvation’s Chorus” (A) – Todd Fields
“Glory to God Forever” (A) – Fee
“Mighty to Save” (A) – Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding
“True Love” (C) – Phil Wickham
Response: “Nothing But the Blood (Your Blood)” (B) – Matt Redman
“Let Me Sing” (Bb) – Todd Fields

It was a great morning of worship, paired with Pastor Jay’s message answering the rest of the 48 questions about Hell. It was powerful stuff. There were several people who came forward at the end of the service to profess their new faith in Jesus Christ. Lots of new life around our church. It’s a beautiful thing.

Be sure to check out other worship leaders’ set lists and comments at Fred McKinnon’s Worship Community.

Glory to God!


Yesterday was interesting. We had a business meeting as part of all of our services, so that made the turnaround between services pretty tricky. Pastor Jay began a series about Hell, and began to answer a list of 48 questions regarding the reality of Hell. It’s some very cool stuff. We also tried a few different things, and it was fun to branch out a little bit.

Here’s the set:

“Faithful One” (original) – G
“Cannons” (Phil Wickham) – G
“You Never Let Go” (Matt and Beth Redman) – Bb
“Beautiful the Blood” (Steve Fee) – B
“Lord of Lords” (Brooke Fraser) – E
INV – “Nothing But the Blood” (Matt Redman) – B

On “Beautiful the Blood,” we tried some backgrounds which had the lyric as part of the motion, something that Northpoint and Passion and Co. do a lot. Obviously, it becomes very important to stay in tempo, or you’ll get ahead of or behind your lyric. We were doing well with the click, but we dumped it at the beginning of the chorus. We stayed with the background well until we got to the bridge/ending (“How beautiful You are/ How merciful You are/ How glorious You are/ Christ our Savior”), which has an sixteenth note kick pattern that really speeds it along naturally if you aren’t playing with the click, which is what happened yesterday. We ended up almost a bar ahead by the end. Oh well. We tried something new, and we learned a lot from it. We’ll try it again soon.

Emily Dennis did a great job singing lead on “Lord of Lords,” which is a fantastic song, and really dealt well with the subject matter for the morning. I love the lyric of that song! I had originally planned on “Lead Me to the Cross” (another tune by the talented Brooke Fraser), but changed it at rehearsal, because we all felt that “Lord of Lords” was the right choice. I love having a team that thinks in terms of worship and ministry to the Body of Christ, and not about which songs they enjoy playing the most.

“Nothing But the Blood” by Matt Redman continues to be one of my favorite songs, especially for an invitation. The lyric is so solid, and it communicates what Christ accomplished in some fresh terms that really make you think. I can’t help but think of the Portuguese version of this song, by Fernandinho which adds a bridge, “Eu so livre/Eu so livre/Nada alem do sangue, nada alem do sangue, de Jesus” (I am alive/I am alive/Nothing but the blood, nothing but the blood of Jesus). Just thinking about the way the church (Igreja da Paz) in Brazil sings it gets me excited. I wish I could think of a way to make it work in English. It doesn’t quite have the same feel.

All in all, it was a solid morning. The congregation was present, despite the cold morning. God is so gracious.

Check out some other leaders’ Sunday set lists at Fred McKinnon’s Worship Community.

Have a great week! May God bless you richly with the knowledge of Him and His presence.