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Here’s our set from this weekend:

“All Because of Jesus” (A) [Steve Fee]
Call to Worship
“Happy Day” (Bb) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
Welcome/Announcements/Greeting Time
“Jesus Messiah” (G) [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves]
“You Alone Can Rescue” (Bb) [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman]
“Jesus Paid It All” (Bb) [John Thomas Grape, Elvina M. Hall, Alex Nifong]
Message – “I Believe God Acted – Redemption” [David Hinkle]
Response – “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Eb) [Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, John Newton, Edwin O. Excell, John P. Rees]

I feel like this week was another step forward for our team and our congregation. We took more steps to make it easier to participate – we brought some songs down to a lower key, and we were more intentional about teaching new material. It seemed like there was more participation overall in each of the four services, which is exciting and encouraging. The team felt locked-in (most of the time), and I felt like we were engaged in worship as we were leading the congregation, as well.

We brought “All Because of Jesus” down to the key of A from the usual key of B, and we brought “Happy Day” down to Bb from B. Both were good moves, as the people sang out more on both. When I took a close look at the lead sheets this week, I noticed that both of these songs had parts of the melody that went well beyond the range of the “normal” voice, from C to C. We brought them both down to get them close. They still weren’t entirely in the desired range, but if we lowered them much more, the verses would bottom out! That’s one of the biggest problems with some modern worship songs – the low verses and high choruses make it difficult to get them into a normal person’s vocal range. We’ll keep working on it, though!

“Jesus Messiah” is one of the 21 songs we have done more than five times over the past year, and therefore is one that I would be safe in saying we know as a congregation. It showed as people sang it out and connected with God through it. I love the lyric of this song, as it really declares the gospel clearly, and finishes it all off with the simple, powerful bridge: “All our hope is in You/ All our hope is in You/ All the glory to You, God/ The Light of the world.” Jesus is our only hope of salvation. Enough said.

Also, this week we introduced “You Alone Can Rescue” by Jonas Myrin and Matt Redman. When I initially heard this song done live by Matt Redman, I was very excited about it, but when I heard the recorded version, I was a little underwhelmed, so I put it off for a while. However, when Matt led at Student Life in Daytona this past summer, I was reminded again how powerful this song is. It is a simple lyric, but proclaims a powerful truth – that Jesus is the only one who can save us. Here’s the lyric:

Verse 1
Who, O Lord, could save themselves
Their own soul could heal
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your grace is deeper still

And You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

Verse 2
You, O Lord, have made a way
The great divide You healed
For when our hearts were far away
Your love went further still
Yes, Your love goes further still

We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the giver of life
We lift up our eyes, lift up our eyes
You’re the giver of life

Even typing the lyric of this song is bringing me to tears. What a beautiful expression of confidence in Christ alone for our rescue and salvation. We have no hope apart from Him! His humble, loving sacrifice is the only way for us to be rescued; the fact that He chose to redeem us at such a great cost to Himself is overwhelming. This song brings this into clear focus, and is a beautiful expression of thanksgiving and recognition of the work of Jesus Christ to save us. He, and He alone, is the one who can rescue, who can save us, who can lift us from the grave. This is because He is the one who came down to find us a lead us out of death. Scripture says that Jesus’ efforts to rescue us are the reason God has given Him the name above every name (Philippians 2). I know this is the reason I worship Him. He is so good, while I am still so undeserving of it. My life is completely dependent on His grace and finished work of the cross.

We bracketed the message about our redemption with Alex Nifong’s arrangement of “Jesus Paid It All” and Tomlin’s “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone).” These two songs never get old to me, because there is beauty in the simplicity of their declarations. I never tire of singing, “O praise the One who paid my debt/ And raised this life up from the dead.” On “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” Kelsey Thomsen and I traded off on the verse. She did a great job leading, and I think it facilitated a very powerful moment of worship, especially after David’s weighty message about our redemption. I loved his words about what God has done to rescue us! We owe it all to Jesus Christ, who made a way where there was no way.

I love my church, and I am very excited about what is going on around here. We are learning and growing together, and we are pursuing Jesus Christ and His gospel. Jesus, and His work to redeem us, was truly lifted high this weekend. I am so grateful for how He has rescued us. He is truly my only hope!

I hope you had a great weekend of worship wherever you were.

Jesus alone is worthy!


Sunday Set Lists

Here’s our set from this weekend:

“You Are” [Todd Fields]
“Kingdom” [Kristian Stanfill]
OFF – “Jesus Messiah” [Jesse Reeves, Chris Tomlin, Daniel Carson, et al]

Message – Find Your Passion [Dr. Jay Dennis]
INV – “I Want to Love You” [Todd Fields]
Lord’s Supper
“Lamb of God” [original]
“Because of Your Love” [Phil Wickham]
Closing – “Revelation Song” [Jennie Lee Riddle]

This morning was another great morning. We celebrated 16 baptisms, as well as the Lord’s Supper. Everything about this morning pointed to Jesus and what He accomplished for us in His death and resurrection. That is what it is all about. Praise God for such opportunities to remind ourselves, as the body of Christ, aboutt the gospel message. There is salvation in no other name – He is our only hope.

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were this week.

As always, check out Sunday Set Lists.

In the Son,

Currently Listening: Classic Case, “Losing at Life”

Here’s our set from yesterday:

“Salvation’s Chorus” [Todd Fields]
“Happy Day” [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon]
“Beautiful the Blood” [Steve Fee]
Offertory: “Hands of the Healer” [Eddie Kirkland]
Message: “The Blood of Jesus” [Pastor Jay Dennis]
INV: “Nothing But the Blood” [Matt Redman]
Lord’s Supper:
Bread – “Lamb of God” [original]
Cup – “By His Wounds” [Mac Powell, David Nasser]
“Jesus Paid It All” (2nd Chorus only) [Alex Nifong]

We had a great day of worship yesterday. We celebrated the Lord’s Supper, and that is always a truly special time with the Body of Christ. Pastor Jay also preached about the blood of Jesus, which was a great reminder of the power of Jesus’ blood.

The highlights of this week were the new song, Eddie Kirkland’s “Hands of the Healer,” and the special trio we did for the Lord’s Supper, “By His Wounds.” “Hands of the Healer” is an amazing song, and has such a powerful lyric and energy in its melody. It is in the same range of Steve Fee’s “Glorious One,” with the verses in the lower register of the key of C, and the choruses pushing the envelope of most people’s range. However, despite being our first time singing the song, people began to join in early on, which is a good sign. We’ll continue to teach it this next week.

“By His Wounds” is from the Glory Revealed project, and was originally sung by Mac Powell, Steven Curtis Chapman, Mark Hall, and Brian Littrell. It is a simple song based on Isaiah 53:5, and is a beautiful reminder of what Jesus accomplished for us. As part of the Lord’s Supper, it was a very special moment. This song was Pastor Jay’s suggestion, and he played and sang with Danny and I on it, which made it even more memorable. We did that particular song for each of the three services. I’m thankful for Pastor Jay taking on the extra stress on a Sunday morning to participate in that, because I really enjoyed it, and I think our people need to see that side of him. He is a very talented musician! Our utility player-extraordinaire, Larry Butts, played mandolin, and that was a great touch, also.

All-in-all, it was a fantastic morning. I love meditating on Jesus’ sacrificial death in our place, and this Sunday was ALL about that.

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were worshiping. God is alive!

Until next time,


Be sure to check out Sunday Set Lists to see what other worshipers experienced this week.

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.

This is a song entitled “The Great Exchange” by Thrice (lyric by Dustin Kensrue), on their newest release, Beggars. I firmly believe that Dustin Kensrue is one of the best lyricists of our day, and this further proves that belief for me:

I crewed on a fair golden ship that
Went down at the dawn of the world.
We mutinied and sentenced our captain to die,
‘Fore our sails had barely unfurled.

We sank shortly after our riot;
Wanton flame and our powder kegs met.
While I swam for my life there came voices aloft–
Joyful, unearthly, and dread–

Singing of a violent, tireless mystery:
That one would give his life to save his enemy.

Too bone-tired to keep my arms moving,
To swim or even grasp after straws.
The undertow drew me down into its cold
And infinite indigo jaws.

I heard singing of a violent, tireless mystery:
That one would give his life to save his enemy.

I thought I must be dead or dreaming,
When my captain–still battered, betrayed–
Pulled me up, laid me over the beam he’d clung to,
Breathed his last, and sank under the waves.

(Your body is a bridge
Across an endless sea.)

If you watch anything today, you need to see this. MacArthur sums it up beautifully. If you have time watch video #1 and #2. If you are short on time, skip ahead to 7:54 in this video. I was in tears as he spoke it. THIS is what Jesus did for His church.

Glory to God forever.