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This morning was a great morning! While it took us all a little bit to shake off the cool morning weather, we got there, and God was glorified! The focus this morning was essentially, Praying for People in Authority. We had Rob Schenck, a minister to the U.S. Supreme Court, as our special guest. He is involved in some amazing ministry to government officials in Washington D.C., and has some stories, most of which he can't tell to anyone. It was a blessing to hear of one such story, where he had the opportunity to share with most of the judges from the D.C. area, and he talked about the ten commandments, and took the opportunity to preach the gospel. He then invited them to receive the gift of salvation, and many received Christ then and there. It was pretty amazing to hear how he is being used to impact officials for the kingdom of God. You can see his ministry's page here.
Here's the set:
"Salvation's Chorus" [Todd Fields] "God is Alive" [Steve Fee & Eddie Kirkland] "Hosanna" [Brooke Fraser, arr. by Starfield] "I Stand Amazed" [arr. by Chris Tomlin] "Cannons" [Phil Wickham] INV "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" [add. chorus by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglie, et al] OFFERTORY "Only a Word" [original]
We continued to teach "Salvation's Chorus" and "God is Alive" this morning. Both of these songs have great energy and content, and I think the church is really taking hold of them. This morning was a little sluggish as we started, and it felt that we were fighting to get the people engaged. I would attribute it to the weather. Floridians are generally not big fans of colder weather, and we move a lot slower when it does arrive. This morning was one of those mornings. It was in the 50's when everyone was in transit to the facility. Oh well.
After prayer, we continued with Starfield's rendition of Brooke Fraser's "Hosanna," which is a great version of a great song. I love the lyric of this song, and the call for the people of God to seek God and pray for His return and for a revolution and revival amongst God's people. The only thing we changed from their version was the bridge, where we kept all of the original lyric (Starfield cuts the second half: "Break my heart for what breaks Yours/Everything I am for Your kingdom's cause/As I walk from Earth into eternity"). We then moved into "I Stand Amazed," which is one of the updated hymns from Passion's Hymns: Ancient and Modern record. They hymn is known by many other titles, such as "My Savior's Love," and "How Marvelous." I love the content of this song, and I think the modern version is excellent. It sings very well, and hymns have a way of making people sing, simply because of their familiarity.
From there, we moved directly into "Cannons" by Phil Wickham. This song is a ground-breaker for me. Phil Wickham's worship songs do not song like many other worship tunes. He has a fresh perspective in his lyrics, and his delivery is on par with acts like The Fray, OneRepublic, and Keane. He has become one of my favorite writers lately. This song is certainly no exception to that. The lyric of the chorus is a beautiful expression of worship: "You are holy/Great and mighty/The moon and the stars declare who you are/I'm so unworthy/But still You love me/Forever my heart will sing of how great You are"
"Only a Word" is one of my originals. It is one that I often forget about, but that is always good when we use it. I wrote it on the Amazon River in Brazil, on the way from Santarem to Obidos. It is about the power of God to change things with only a word. The chorus sings, "With only a word stars come blazing forth/Only one verb, and darkness is no more/Only Your voice can pierce us through, O Lord/This world can be transformed with only a word." The band was exceptional on this song, and I think it's the best we've ever played it. I'm really proud of our team. They are so good, and I am so privileged to work with them and to share this ministry with them. God is really bringing us together, and I'm excited about where it's heading.
Jay's message was right on, and Rob Schenck was a great guest speaker. His testimony was very powerful, and he's just a really funny guy. He has been influential in the lives of some of the most powerful people in our country, and he is faithful to Christ's calling on his life. From what he shared this morning, it's evident that the guy has some guts, too.
My throat was really tired this morning, and I was concerned that I wouldn't make it through the service without a major croak, but we made through, and my voice was fine once we were warmed up. Singing for two hours at a benefit show last night was probably not the smartest thing for me to do. However, everything was really tight this morning, and I think everyone came away with a really good feeling about how the morning went. Those are good days, for sure!
Be sure to check out TheWorshipCommunity's Sunday Set Lists page to see what other leaders did this week for worship. There is a great sharing of the minds going on there. Be a part of it!
Until next time,