Currently watching: Toy Story. Here's our set from this morning:
"Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" [Paul Baloche] "Faithful One" [original] "Unchanging" [Chris Tomlin] "We Crown You" [Steve Fee] "The Stand" [Joel Houston] Response: "It is Well" [traditional, arr. Todd Fields]
Today was Daylight Savings Time, and we all "sprung forward" and lost an hour. Today is one of those days when it is a little more difficult to get going, and to get everyone else going as well. It turned out to be a great day despite the fact that most people lost an hour of sleep. We started out a little differently this morning, using the pre-chorus of Paul Baloche's "Hosanna," which sings, "When we see You, we find strength to face the day/In Your presence, all our fears are washed away." It served as an opportunity to focus, and I think the change made for a good moment. We then went to one of my originals, "Faithful One." Pastor Jay was focusing on the Holy Spirit and our prayer life this morning, so I went the route of God's faithfulness and immutability. Tomlin's "Unchanging" served that same purpose this morning, and the chorus lyric, "So we raise up holy hands/To praise the holy One/Who was, and is, and is to come," gives our people freedom/permission to raise their hands and express their praise in that way. This song is one of my favorite Tomlin tunes, because it expresses some great truths in it.
From there, we moved to Fee's "We Crown You," teaching it for the second week. While this song is a great song, I don't think our people are connecting with it. Maybe it's too difficult to sing with. Maybe it would serve better as a special/solo kind of tune. I can count on one hand the times that I really thought a song would work and it fell flat like that. "Faithful" by Alex Nifong was another one that did that. Oh well. Sometimes, you never know until you try!
We closed the first set by tagging the chorus of Joel Houston's "The Stand." This was the first time we've used this tune at all, and people caught on quickly and engaged with the song in a beautiful way. I was a little surprised by that, to be honest. It really is a great lyric, and I have wanted to use it for a while. If you have never heard it, I encourage you to check it out. We'll definitely make use of it again in the near future.
It was a great day, despite the fact that I was up late working on my Greek homework. Staying up one hour later than normal instantly became two hours late. Like I always say, "You gotta do what you gotta do." God can move in big ways, even when I am tired and weak, proving once more: it's not about me. Not even in the least.
I hope you all had a great morning with your churches, and that the Lord is moving in your midst.
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