WHAT WE DID: 7/13/14

Since this site is about the stuff we do at our church, I figured I'd start sharing the worship set each week. When possible, I'll try to post either audio or video links to the songs/elements we used.

Been a while since we sang this one, but I rediscovered a live version of from an old North Point record a few weeks ago and had to try it. We kept our version a little bit shorter than the recording, but I dig the floor tom/guitar riff intro. Our guitar player, Smitty, was pretty smart - instead of playing just the single note riff, he worked out chord voicings where he could include the riff. This gave the intro a much bigger sound.

I also like the bass/drum pushes in the bridges of this live version. Our bass player had to remind the drummer, but once he called it out, they locked up. I'm surprised this song plays and sings so well still. I keep a running list of all our songs so I can see how many times we've led them and in almost six years, we've done this song 25 times!

This was really fun. Because I knew we had a big church announcement later in the service, I was trying to be efficient. I didn't want there to be a big stop between the first and second song, so here's what I did. As we ended Glory To God Forever, I led a final chorus on acoustic guitar. I had our drummer kill the click, dial in click for the next song and start it while I was finishing. It was a little hard to not be distracted by the new click, but I think I did okay. When I ended the first song, I went to the IV chord of the current key (B) which was an E chord. Which was the key of our next song! BOOM!

I did talk over that intro of that song, but try to keep it very God-focused, reminding people of this new song and what our purpose was in singing it.

GUARDIAN (E) Spotify
Second time to do this song. I really dig how laid back the verses are. It's a nice challenge for our band to drop into those subtle verses. I like having piano start this one, too. Not enough piano pop songs in churches these days! Our piano player did a great job. Congregation sang pretty well, considering it was new. I knew from the previous time that people had the chorus down.

We ended the tune with a couple of tags (like the record.)

SCRIPTURE - Psalm 107:10-16
I read the verse as soon as we ended. I had intended to go right into it, but my liturgical tendencies tend to pop up on stuff like this with a "hear the Word of the Lord" or something like that.

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons, or they had rebelled against the words of God,  and spurned the counsel of the Most High.

So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;  they fell down, with none to help. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart. 

Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he shatters the doors of bronze    and cuts in two the bars of iron.

REDEEMING LOVE (D) No link yet!
This hymn has been really fun. It's a little short, so we threw in an instrumental chorus - which we love, considering what we like to project on slides during that time. The keyboard player, David, picked the perfect pad for this song and our guitarist went with a drop-D, tremolo electric part. It was great. The song has such an old-feeling melody, folks joined in quick.

As we ended in D, I had our keys guy hold a low D-note with a high A-note. As I prayed, he let off the D so that the high would establish the new key.

FOREVER (A) Spotify
Impossible to hold back on this song! I've never been a huge fan of the Bethel stuff, but this song is so well written. We followed the live version arrangement of heading back to the pre-chorus after Chorus 1. (We don't stretch it for eight minutes like the record, though.) Great song that reminds of the Gospel. It's nice to find a song so passionate and expressive AND so Biblically sound.

What did you do at your church?