Set List, 08/06 - 08/07/11 Fellowship Bible Church

This weekend David Hinkle preached from the book of Ruth to talk about God's mission and how it has involved His people throughout history. The message was title "Legacy," and he talked about how we can become a part of God's overarching purpose in this world. One of his main points was that we were born at this time to be involved in this specific part of God's plan - sending us out to tell the world about His Son, Jesus. It was a challenging reminder of the calling on our lives as rescued believers in Jesus Christ. We have a mission. For this week's message, we focused on the gospel, mission, pursuing God, redemption, and the new covenant. Each of these songs carries at least one of these elements in it.

Here's our set from this weekend:

Pre-Service - "Kingdom" (A) [Kristian Stanfill] Call To Worship/Prayer "Happy Day" (Bb) [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon] Welcome/Offering/Announcements/Greeting Time "Let Me Sing" (Bb) [Todd Fields] "Forever Reign" (Bb) [Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan] Message - "Legacy" [David Hinkle] Communion Song - "Rock of Ages" (Bb) [Augustus M. Toplady, Thomas Hastings] Response - "Son of God" [Jon Neufeld, Tim Neufeld] 

This weekend was another good weekend of worship. One highlight for me was seeing one of our young guys, Anthony Dake, jump in on drums and do a fantastic job. He played like a champ, and served our congregation well. I look forward to having him in there again soon. Part of our vision for our worship ministry is to build into our younger guys and gals and teach them early on what it's all about and how to lead worship through music, with authenticity and excellence. Our NextGen Worship Leader, Erik Oldberg, does a fantastic job with these guys, and even in the six months I have been here, I have seen huge growth in each of them. I am thankful for his leadership and passion for worship.

"Kingdom" - This song was a great fit for the theme of the weekend, but it is a little tricky for most of our congregation to sing with, which is why it was in the pre-service slot. It really communicates that it is our responsibility and calling to carry the truth of the gospel to the world, and to invade the darkness with the light of Jesus Christ. I love the message of this song.

"Happy Day" - This is now a standard for our congregation, and it has been a while since we sang it together. I love what it communicates about Jesus' victory over sin and death, and how our eternal destiny has been permanently affected by His work on the cross and His resurrection.

"Let Me Sing" - We began teaching this song a few weeks ago, and this was our refresher week, to solidify it in our congregation's memory. This song supported the theme of the weekend with the idea of us shining as lights in the darkness as an act of worship, in response to the amazing sacrifice that Christ made for us. In my mind, this is the most significant reason we have to worship, to obey, and to give of ourselves - Christ gave first, and did so in a marvelous way.

"Forever Reign" - We bracketed the message with this song, or parts of it anyway. The bridge and chorus really helped to communicate the drive of the message, for us to pursue Jesus Christ and His purposes with everything we have.

"Rock of Ages" - This hymn arrangement is from a band called Ascend The Hill, on their album of reworked hymns, Take The World But Give Me Jesus. The first time I heard it, I was immediately struck by the powerful lyric, and the simple arrangement, which added great power and emotion to the truth of the lyric. The lyric conveys the desperation we should all have for the saving work of Christ. We are completely hopeless without His help and His rescuing us. We sang this song during communion, and it was very appropriate in that slot. Here's the lyric:

Rock of Ages Augustus M. Toplady, Thomas Hastings

VERSE 1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee; Let the water and the blood, From Thy wounded side which flowed, Be of sin the double cure; Save from wrath and make me pure.

VERSE 2 Not the labor of my hands Can fulfill Thy law’s demands; Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow, These for sin could not atone Thou must save, and Thou alone.

VERSE 3 Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling; Naked, come to Thee for dress; Helpless look to Thee for grace; Foul, I to Thy fountain fly Wash me, Savior, or I die.

VERSE 4 While I draw this fleeting breath, When mine eyes shall close in death, When I rise to worlds unknown And behold Thee on Thy throne Rock of Ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.

"Son of God" - We finished the service by singing this great song to our Savior. It actually ended up being more fitting than I thought it would be, because of the way that David emphasized the covenant and Christ's sacrifice on the cross for us. The ends of each verse spoke to these elements, singing directly about the cross and then in the second verse about how Christ fulfilled prophecy and how He is coming again for His church. I think it was a solid way to end our times together this weekend.

I am so thankful to be a part of this great church, and for the opportunity to grow together in worshiping our King. I hope you had a great weekend of worship as well. Check out The Worship Community to see what other worshipers experienced and why.

Let me know your thoughts! I love reading your opinions and feedback.

In the Son,


Set List, 02/19 - 02/20/11 Fellowship Bible Church

Here's our set from this weekend: "I Will Go" (F#m) [Starfield - Tim Neufeld, Jon Neufeld] Call To Worship - 2 Cor. 5:20-21 "Say Say" (A) [Kristian Stanfill, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels] Living Water International Honduras Report Welcome/Announcements/Greeting "Holy is the Lord" (G) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, et al] "I Stand Amazed" (G) [Charles Hutchinson Gabriel, arr. by Chris Tomlin] "Wonderful Maker" (G) [Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman] Message - "I Believe: We Are"  [Joe Hishmeh] Response: "Mighty to Save" [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan]

This weekend of worship was yet another good one. The team gelled well, played solidly, and was sensitive to where the Lord was leading during each of the four services. I feel like the entire worship team is getting some traction for moving forward. I felt like the worship team was all prepared for the week's music, and it was somewhat easy to put everything together as a result. We were able to make some changes on the fly as people were responding to God, and it was a beautiful thing. There were moments this weekend when the congregation was singing louder than I've ever heard them. I am very excited about what the Lord is doing in our midst.

This week has been one where I learned a great deal about the landscape of our worship ministry and where things have been until today. My worship associate, Jason, did some investigating, and dug up what our church has sung in worship since the switch to four services back in August. I was a little surprised by the results: 90 songs in 28 weeks. That comes out to a little more than 3.2 unique songs per week! What does that mean? It means people do not really have a chance to learn any of the songs or make them part of their worship vocabulary. It means our people are stuck staring at the projector screen trying to see the words and learn the songs.

My takeaway? We need to start repeating songs more often, so we can teach our people and get them "off the page" just like we want the band to be "off the page." When we don't have to stay glued to a screen or our music to know the song, then it is part of our vocabulary, and we are able to use it easily to express ourselves to God. Then, it comes from within us. Then we can truly put ourselves into what we are doing, rather than worrying more about what we are doing. We can focus on doing it. My normal method for doing this is to repeat a new song for three weeks, and surround it with songs that are already part of the worship vocabulary of our people.

My first opportunity for implementing this was "Say Say." This was our third week singing this song, and I believe we have now added that song to our worship vocabulary as a congregation. I think the song communicates a simple but strong message to us, challenging us to stand up and "declare" that "Jesus is King." Our praise of our great God ought not to be something that only happens within the walls of a church's building, but ought to be happening for the whole world to see. Our exalting of God ought to be a very public thing, both individually and corporately. This idea can be extended to all areas of our lives, as living our lives as living sacrifices is how we worship our God on a daily basis. Thus, loving and serving others is a way that we declare the glory of our God to our world. It is easy to hunker down, get comfortable, and feel safe in our space each week, but what we do weekly as the church gathered together should be a culmination of a week lived in daily worship of our God. That is my prayer for us.

In the same vein, we introduced Starfield's "I Will Go," which is one of my favorite newer songs. It is a very driving, high-energy song, but the message warrants it, I think. Here's the lyric of that song:

VERSE 1 To the desperate eyes and reaching hands To the suffering and the need To the ones the world has cast aside Where you want me I will be

CHORUS I will go, I will go, I will go, Lord send me To the world, to the lost, to the poor and hungry Take everything I am I’m clay within your hands I will go, I will go send me

VERSE 2 Let me not be blind with privilege Give me eyes to see the pain Let the blessing You’ve poured out on me Not be spent on me in vain Let this life be used for change

BRIDGE I wanna live for You, Go where You lead me I wanna follow You

I still get the feeling that I'm pushing the envelope a little for some of our people, but I think we are being challenged as a people by the lyrics of these songs and by the messages that are comprising this "I Believe" series. I think it is worth the risk of pushing a little bit. "I Will Go" is a song that can work in a variety of treatments, and I have tried it successfully as a response song with more of an acoustic feel to it. It will be one we use frequently, because there are not many songs that say it quite so boldly.

For the second set of songs, we put together a few modern worship standards: "Holy is the Lord," "I Stand Amazed (How Marvelous)," and "Wonderful Maker." "Wonderful Maker" was very fitting for Joe's message today about the image of God and the fall of humanity. It deals directly with God's goodness in creation and God's declaration that what He made was "good." It also deals with God's goodness in redemption. This song holds a special place in my life, because it signaled a turning point in my worship leadership. This song is solely focused on God and who He is, and barely even mentions us in the process ("we" is used once in the third verse). Many of the worship songs I sang in youth group and elsewhere were about the singers and what God could do for us. This song was markedly different in that regard. This song helped me to see what true worship was - about God, to God, and for God. It was not for us. From that point late in 2002 (after Chris Tomlin's Not to Us was released), my view of, and priorities in, worship music were changed. Every time I sing or hear this song, I remember that change, and I am called back to the true priority in worship, which is our great God and Savior.

We closed the service out with "Mighty to Save," which was the highlight of the weekend for me. Joe's message was a heavy one dealing with our depravity. He didn't pull any punches, and helped all of us see ourselves and our sin clearly in light of God's holiness and goodness. When we see God as He is, we see ourselves rightly. And when we see the depth and gravity of our own sin, we see just how great and truly amazing the grace of God really is. When we came to "Mighty to Save," this was our context. When we sang, "Savior, He can move the mountains/ Our God is mighty to save/ He is mighty to save," we meant it, for we had just finished hearing and reading the Word of God as it spoke to our spiritual condition without Christ. The congregation was singing out at this point in each of the services, and it was a powerful moment of worship. To God be the glory. May we never forget that we were dead in our sins when Christ came in to rescue us and make us alive.

I feel privileged for the opportunity to build and develop our worship & arts ministry at Fellowship Bible Church, and I am thrilled about what the future holds for our congregation!

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

In the Son,


Sunday Set Lists

Set List, 02/12 - 02/13/11 Fellowship Bible Church

Here's our set from this weekend: Pre-Service: "Say Say" (A) [Christy Nockels, Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill] Call To Worship -  Hebrews 13:8 "Unchanging" (G) [Chris Tomlin] Welcome/Offering/Announcements/Greeting "Hosanna" (G) [Brooke Fraser, arr. by Starfield] "How Great is Our God" (G) [Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Ed Cash] Focus: "Phos Hilaron"/"Hail Gladdening Light" "Joyous Light" (G) [unknown, John H. Gower; Arr. and additional chorus by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, and Louie Giglio] Message - "God Is: Trinity" [David Hinkle] "Holy Holy Holy" (D) [Reginald Heber and John Bacchus Dykes]

This weekend in worship with Fellowship was one of my favorites so far. It felt like everything connected really well, and that the focus of the morning permeated everything. The message for the weekend was about the doctrine of the Trinity, and Pastor David did a great job of communicating the understanding and the significance of this doctrine for the Church. There was a lot of ground to cover, and it was thick subject matter, but I think the message was clear, and people walked away with something to cling to for practical purposes in their Christian life. David ended with the idea that we are to live our lives "To the Father, by the Son, and through the Spirit."

We chose two main songs to emphasize and support the teaching time and bring our people to a point of worshiping in a "trinitarian" way: "Joyous Light" and "Holy Holy Holy." "Joyous Light" is a song that I value highly, as it is based off of the earliest known hymn for the church, "Phos Hilaron." Before teaching this song to our congregation, I read a translation of "Phos Hilaron," known as "Hail Gladdening Light." Here is that text:

"Phos Hilaron"

Hail, gladdening Light, of His pure glory poured Who is the immortal Father, heavenly, blest, Holiest of Holies--Jesus Christ our Lord!

Now we are come to the sun's hour of rest; The lights of evening round us shine; We hymn the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit divine!

Worthiest art thou at all times to be sung with undefiled tongue, Son of our God, giver of life, alone: Therefore in all the world Thy glories, Lord, Thy own. Amen.

It's an amazing thought that we can join in a song that the church has song since the 3rd century A.D. (almost 1700 years ago!). The writers of "Joyous Light" put it this way:

"Joyous Light"

Verse 1 Hail Gladdening Light, Sun so bright Jesus Christ, End of night Alleluia

Verse 2 Hail Gladdening Light, Eternal Bright In evening time, ‘round us shine, Alleluia, alleluia

Chorus We hymn the Father, we hymn the Son We hymn the Spirit, wholly Divine No one more worthy of songs to be sung To the Giver of Life, all glory is Thine

Verse 3 Hail Gladdening Light, such joyous Light O Brilliant Star, forever shine, Alleluia, alleluia

It was a great moment for us this weekend, as we we joined in singing this ancient hymn and truth about the nature of our God.

"Holy Holy Holy" was a late addition/change to the set for this week, as David and I discussed late Thursday about wrapping the message. Some scholars maintain that the Scriptural phrase, "Holy Holy Holy" is referring to each person of the Trinity, and we thought it might be fitting (even without mentioning that) to do a song that contained both that phrase and explicit references to the "Blessed Trinity." It was also another way to connect both old and new in our worship time.

In reference to my learning experience last week (see here), we did "How Great Is Our God" all the way down in the key of G (A bit lower than the recording in C#...). It was rather low, but it fit well in the flow of the rest of the worship set, and the people sang it well. I think the key of A would have been fine, but it further emphasized to me the value of putting things in singable keys - which is something I have been working on and learning for the last 4 years. If you are leading somewhere, and it seems that people are not singing with you (I believe the participation of our congregations ought to be part of the goal), try dropping the key a step or so and see what happens. Try to eliminate any excuse people can give for not joining in the song with the church, especially for the guys.

In all, it was a great weekend of worshiping together. I love our team here at Fellowship, and I am so blessed to serve with them. Their hearts and their talent is what makes our weekends special together. I'm excited about where things are heading, and the things we're learning together as we help to lead God's people in worshiping their King!

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

In the Son,


(Sunday Set Lists)

Set List, 02/05 - 02/06/11 Fellowship Bible Church

(Photos taken by Shelly Zipperle)

Here's our set from this week:

Pre-Service: "Say Say" [Christy Nockels, Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill] - C Call to Worship: Isaiah 40:25-31 "Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley] - Bb Welcome/Prayer/Announcements/Offering Greeting Time "God of Wonders" [Marc Byrd, Steve Hindalong] - Ab "Indescribable" [Laura Story] - Ab Communion: "Lamb of God" [original] - Ab Message: "I Believe God Reveals" [Pastor Joe Hishmeh] "All Creatures of Our God and King" [St. Francis of Assisi, William Henry Draper, David Crowder, and Brent Milligan] - D

My third week here in Topeka was a great weekend of worship, with an interesting twist: I was more hoarse than I have ever been in my life, aside from losing my voice completely. Strangely, I was able to control my pitch and volume without any trouble, but it sounded really rough on "Say Say." For the rest of the set, it sounded a little gritty, but I think it was fine. It was a lot of work to control it, to be sure.

I typically have a higher tenor voice, but I have been trying to key things lower for the people in the congregation--specifically the men in our congregation. This week made me think seriously about that. I had already keyed the songs lower (aside from "Say Say") on purpose, but if I hadn't, I don't think I would have been able to sing them at all. I came to a conclusion: if I cannot sing a song when I'm sick, it's too high for most men to sing. I think that's probably a fair assessment. Most guys have as much range as my hoarse voice, which basically has the range of an untrained voice. It will be extremely helpful to have that as a guide for my decisions on song keys and ranges going forward.

"God of Wonders" and "Indescribable" were keyed lower than I have ever had them before, and I thought it was very effective. It seemed like the people were singing more easily with the change (especially on "Indescribable," which is usually through the roof in Bb or B). I think they could have come down even to G without negative effect. I was even more grateful that I had done that when my cold began looming over the weekend.

Also, this was the first week I have shared an original song with Fellowship, in "Lamb of God." We used it during communion, as the deacons and elders were passing out the elements. For me, it was an especially sweet time of thinking on the cross and what our Messiah did for us to redeem us and rescue us. Pastors David Hinkle and Brian Tryhus did a great job setting up the time of communion, too, which made it that much more meaningful.

Pastor Joe shared about God's revelation of Himself through creation, through the Word of God, and through Christ. Because of this, we responded to the message with "All Creatures of Our God and King" as arranged by David Crowder on his Illuminate album. I love this arrangement of this hymn, and it was really fitting for the message today. The guitar part at the intro was a little tricky (Crowder capos up to the 7th fret and place it with G shapes and tons of embellishment), but by the fourth service, I think I got it mostly right. I love some of the stuff that Crowder does on acoustic. It spices things up without going over the top.

All in all, it was a great weekend of worship together. We unveiled a pretty dramatic stage design for the I Believe series, which turned out great. Kip Kraisinger and Wyatt Johnston were the brains behind that one. The images in this blog are from the new set. We set out to link our series on essential doctrines of the Christian faith to the concept of "Legacy," which is where the Tron theme comes in. All it took was some PVC pipe and some lighting, along with aircraft cable and fishing line to rig the pipe boxes. I'm pretty excited about how it turned out. In fact, I'm pretty excited about everything going on here at Fellowship right now. God is so good!

I hope you had a great week of worship wherever you were!

In the Son,


Sunday Set Lists

Set List, 1/22 - 1/23/11 Fellowship Bible Church

Here's our set from my first weekend on staff with Fellowship Bible Church in Topeka, KS: Pre-Service - "Kingdom" [Kristian Stanfill] Call to Worship "Our God" [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin] Welcome/Offering/Announcements "Glory to God Forever" [Steve Fee, Vicky Beeching] "How Great is Our God" [Chris Tomlin] "How Great Thou Art" (chorus only) "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill] Message - Pastor Joe Hishmeh "All to Us" [Chris Tomlin]

This weekend went really well for us. It has been a very crazy week for  my family and for me, as we made the 1300 mile move from Lakeland, FL to Topeka, KS from Monday night through Wednesday, and got here right in the middle of a bunch of snow! Talk about change! God is faithful, and He has seen us through it all. He moved during all four of the weekend services, and He spoke to each of us powerfully through the word that Joe shared about being a missional community and loving the people of this world with the love of Christ. I know I was challenged and called to be godly versus just being normal. I think the chorus of "Kingdom" says it well: "We are the kingdom of God/ We are an army of love/ We carry truth to the world/ We are the kingdom of God."

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


Sunday Set Lists

Set List, Sunday 10/31/10 Church at the Mall

Here's our set from this past week: "God is Alive" [Steve Fee, Eddie Kirkland] "Our God" [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin] "You Never Let Go" [Matt Redman, Beth Redman] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill] "Beautiful" [Phil Wickham] Message [Pastor Jay] INV: "Never Be the Same" [original]

The band and team did a phenomenal job this past week in worship. My friend, Larry, filled in on guitar for my last week, and he did admirably. The rest of the band was right on as usual. It felt like a bit of a "best of" morning, where we pulled out some of our definitive songs over the past few years. "Our God" has become something of an anthem for our congregation. "You Never Let Go" describes my journey with Christ as well as any other song, especially at this point. "Lord of All" has become a summary statement for us as a congregation: "There is none so high and holy/ King of kings, the one and only/ You are adored, You are the Lord of all." We finished the worship set with "Beautiful," which I thought was particularly relevant given that it was my last day. The last verse looks to the day of consummation, when all believers will be gathered together as the glorious bride in the presence of Christ: "When we arrive at eternity's shore/ Where death is just a memory and tears are no more/ We'll enter in as the wedding bells ring/ Your bride will come together and we'll sing, 'You're beautiful.'" I thought it was fitting to end emphasizing that this is not really the end, but rather a parting of ways as we continue to expand the kingdom of God and to go where we are needed for God's purposes. We will all be together again soon, and we will be together forever in the presence of our only hope, Jesus Christ, and we will sing the song of the redeemed!

There aren't really words to describe all the feelings that went with this past weekend. It was my last Sunday leading for the 9:30 service for the church, and although it was a great day of worshiping together, it was also a very sad day in some ways. I feel that I have poured my life into that service, and it has come a long way in the 4 1/2 years that it has been in my charge. It is awesome to see what it is compared to what it was when I arrived here. I am so thankful for how the Spirit of God has transformed that service and has grown us together over these years. I am so thankful for the relationships that have made my experience here what it has been. To think that it was probably the last time I would be leading beside Pastor Jay and the other leaders of the church is difficult to imagine. It is hard to even envision worshiping with a different family of believers. It will be strange to be anywhere else.

I pray for God's richest blessings on the people of First Baptist Church at the Mall, and I leave with this note from Acts 20:32 (the context captures my heart as well): "And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified."

I love you, dear church.

In the Son,


Sunday Set Lists |

Set List, Sunday 10/24/10 Church at the Mall

(Currently Listening to Quantity is Job 1, by Five Iron Frenzy) Here's our set from this past week:

"Kingdom" [Kristian Stanfill] "Salvation's Chorus" [Todd Fields] "Glory to God Forever" [Steve Fee] "God of This City" [Bluetree] "Jesus Paid It All" [traditional w/ add. chorus by Alex Nifong] Message: "It's Your Serve--Build an Altar" [Pastor Jay] INV: "I Want to Love You" [Todd Fields]

This week felt pretty good overall. I love it when the church sings "Kingdom" all together ("We are the Kingdom of God/ We are an army of love/ We carry truth to the world/ We are the Kingdom of God"). I also love the concept of "Salvation's Chorus," in that believers have a song that others cannot sing (even the angels), namely the song of the redeemed. We have been rescued from sin and death, and because of this we have much to celebrate. "Glory to God Forever" has become a major prayer of my life--specifically the bridge: "Take my life and let it be/ All for You and for Your glory/ Take my life and let it be Yours." "Jesus Paid it All" is always one of my favorites, as the church celebrates by singing, "O praise the One who paid my debt/ And raised this life up from the dead." I don't think we can sum up the reason for our worship more succinctly than that. I think that's why it's so powerful a lyric for us to sing. There are certain things that we hear or say that strike a chord within the believer, as the Spirit confirms the truth of those things and stirs us because of it. This is one of those truth statements that provokes that kind of response from believers.

As I approach my last week leading the worship in music for Church at the Mall, many things are flooding my mind as we lead. I look at the students and feel burdened for their future, their leadership, and their ministry in the church. I find myself praying over them as we sing out to God about being the Kingdom of God ("Kingdom"), and asking God to take our lives and let them be all for Him and for His glory ("Glory to God Forever"). I find myself celebrating what God has accomplished in our midst over these past 4 1/2 years. I look out over the assembly of believers and see a huge transformation from the way things were in the beginning of 2006, with nearly half as many people meeting in the old Montgomery Wards, and many blank stares as people didn't really know what to do with the "music time" of the service. Many enjoyed the music, but did not feel the need or the motivation to participate in it. Many just spectated. Some just dreaded it. As we've grown together over these past few years, more and more of us are engaging in the songs and owning them, responding to God with thanksgiving and praise for who He is and what He has done. I see people passionately singing out to God. I see raised hands. I see people dwelling on the truths that we're singing together. I love it. It is hard to leave something that I have given so much of my life to building. I am so thankful to have been a part of God's working in Church at the Mall.

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

In the Son,


(Sunday Set Lists)

Set List, Sunday 10/10/10 Church at the Mall

Here's our set for this morning: "All Because of Jesus" [Steve Fee] "Happy Day" [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon] "Glory to God Forever" [Steve Fee] "How Great is Our God" [Chris Tomlin, et al] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill]

Message: "It's Your Serve: Use Your Pain"

INV: "Never Be the Same" [original]

This morning was probably the hardest day I have ever had as a worship leader. I shared the news with our congregation that my wife and I are sensing God leading us out to something different, possibly a church plant or a smaller congregation that is getting going. We've known about this since mid-July, and shared it with our church leadership at that time, and they have been very helpful in this time of transition for us. We are seeking God's guidance and wisdom for what is next for the two of us. We have a framework in mind, but nothing certain yet. I shared the news after the first two songs (there is never a good time to do something like that), and then had to continue on in leading our worship time after Pastor Jay's welcome and the baptisms. I believe this was a moment to demonstrate that worship is even more important in the difficult times, because it truly becomes a matter of trust and belief that God is who He says He is, and He will do what He says He will do. It is a bittersweet moment for us, as we have poured out 4 1/2 years of our lives here in Lakeland, FL. We consider this place home. Our house is the only home our children have ever known, and this town is the same for them. We are trusting the Lord with our lives and with the future direction of the church. He is faithful--He has always been, and He will always be.

Pray for us as we step out in faith.

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

In the Son,


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Set List, Sunday 08/29/10 Church at the Mall

Here's our set from yesterday: "Rise and Sing" [Steve Fee] "Hosanna" [Brooke Fraser, arr. by Starfield] "Glorious" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown] "Our God" [Jonas Myrin, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and Jesse Reeves] "Cannons" [Phil Wickham] w/ tag: chorus of "Let My Words Be Few" [Matt Redman, Beth Redman] MESSAGE: "Catching a Glimpse of the Glory of God, Pt. 2" [Dr. Jay Dennis] INV: "Let My Words Be Few" [Matt Redman, Beth Redman] OFFERTORY: "Indescribable" [Laura Story]

This week was another great day of worship with Church at the Mall. Pastor Jay continued his message about the glory of God, and we led in that direction with the music. The glory and awe theme ran throughout the music, because when we see God in the truth of who He is, we cannot help but see ourselves more clearly. Such was the case for Isaiah, as Pastor Jay shared in his message from Isaiah 6. When Isaiah saw the Lord, high and lifted up, with the temple shaking and filled with smoke, and God's glory overwhelming everything, Isaiah's response was one of dread and fear, recognizing his own sin and unworthiness of standing in the presence of God. Because of Christ, our response can be a little different because we may not fear for our lives, but we should still see our own lives clearly and recognize God's grace and mercy all the more. We have no right to stand before God and enter into His presence. It is only because He made a way for us where there was no way. He redeemed us and adopted us and made us free. As a result, we can stand before God without fear, but we should never forget who we were or how desperate we are for His help and grace.

One could argue that it begins and ends with worship--we worship God for who He is and lift Him up in our praise, exalting Him and recognizing His surpassing worth and glory; then we see how unworthy and undeserving we are of His love, grace, and mercy; finally, we worship Him even more because of what He has done for us.

May we continue that cycle in our lives, worshiping Him wholeheartedly for who He is, seeing ourselves more clearly and honestly, and responding to Him with thanksgiving for all He has done.

The last few lines of "Indescribable" say it well: "Incomparable, unchangeable/ You see the depths of my heart/ And You love me the same/ You are amazing, God."

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

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Set List, Sunday 08/22/10 Church at the Mall

Currently watching: Toy Story This morning was a great day of worship with Church at the Mall. Here's our set for today:

"Faithful One" [original] "Holy is the Lord" [Chris Tomlin] "Beautiful" [Phil Wickham] "Revelation Song" [Jennie Lee Riddle] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill] Message: "Catching a Glimpse of the Glory of God" [Dr. Jay Dennis] Invitation: "Never Be the Same" [original] "Glorious" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown]

This morning everything came together in a beautiful way. I was thrilled that Pastor Jay was going to be spending this week focusing on the glory of God, because there is so much you can do to emphasize that through the worship music. It isn't difficult to find worship songs that deal with the glory of God.

Pastor Jay had requested that we learn Paul Baloche's "Glorious," because it would fit well with this message. This was a song I have wanted to introduce for almost a year now, since Paul played it for the state convention's Worship Expo which was held at our facilities last year. It's a captivating song, with a solid lyric and some unique melody ideas. There are points where the melody is almost haunting. I love it.

We also brought back our arrangement of Phil Wickham's "Beautiful," which powerfully incorporates the theme of God's glory through creation, the cross, and eternity. I've said this before, but the lyric of the fourth verse always moves me when the church sings it together: "When we arrive at eternity's shore/ Where death is just a memory and tears are no more/ We'll enter in as the wedding bells ring/ Your bride will come together and we'll sing, You're beautiful."

It all came together well, and I believe God was truly exalted by the church this morning. As we lifted up His praise, we encountered Him in a beautiful and powerful way. God is so worthy.

I hope you had a great day of worship wherever you were this weekend!


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Set List, Sunday 08/08/10 Church at the Mall

This Sunday was a great day of worship! God presence was very tangible in our midst, and as the Word was preached, I think people's lives were changed. One lady was saved, and then baptized at the beginning of the next service. It was  beautiful thing to witness. Here's our set from yesterday:

"Kingdom" [Kristian Stanfill] "Salvation's Chorus" [Todd Fields] "Our God" [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels] "Jesus Messiah" [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves} "Because of Your Love" [Phil Wickham] MESSAGE: The Psalm 119 Method for Reading and Studying the Bible - Pastor Jay INVITATION: "Nothing But the Blood" [Matt Redman] OFFERTORY: "Cannons" [Phil Wickham"

While there is a lot of stuff weighing heavily in my life, I felt great about this morning. It seems to me that God is most at work and most present when we are weakest and most dependent on Him. Sounds like the Scripture, doesn't it? (2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV): "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.") I have witnessed the truth of that statement firsthand over the past few weeks. God is most glorified when He gets all the credit for something, not when we put on a good show and people think it's all because of our own abilities - that's my $0.02, at least.

Yesterday was one of those mornings. Everything did not go perfectly - the click battery died, we lost tempo a few times, etc. - but God was in the midst of it, and He was working in all of our lives. I am excited for the future as God continues to show me what it means to depend on Him completely. I am a slow-learner. I don't struggle much with faith or trusting the Father, but I struggle greatly with depending on Him. I tend to lean toward independence. I am comfortable when the ball is in my court and I can make the decisions and make things happen. To be honest, I enjoy getting recognized  for those things, too. However, God does not receive glory when I go my own way and do things in my own strength. He receives the most glory when He is the source and the lifeline for everything we do as believers. In reality, nothing of any eternal benefit happens in our own strength. After all, it is "'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty" (Zech. 4:6).

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

May God bless you with the knowledge of His presence, and with complete dependence on Him, that He may receive all the glory.


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Set List, Sunday 08/01/10 Church at the Mall

(Listening to Jon Foreman right now) Here's our set from yesterday:

"Happy Day" [Tim Hughes] "Say Say" [Kristian Stanfill, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels] "Our God" [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin] "Beautiful Jesus" [Kristian Stanfill] "Mighty to Save" [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan] "Psalm 19 (May the Words of My Mouth)" [Terry Butler] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill]

We had a great day of worship yesterday. Pastor Jay taught about meditating on the Scriptures, and gave a lot of practical wisdom and instruction about it. It was very helpful, and I believe it will be transformational in the church's approach to studying and dwelling on the Scriptures. I was challenged by his message, and will be seeking to implant more Scripture into my heart and my mind, so that it will penetrate every of my life.

I tried to focus the music on the phrase, "Is anything to difficult for the Lord?" Hence the themes of God's power and sovereignty throughout the songs. Some were even inadvertent, but God was guiding the process and really brought it all together. "Our God" is a fantastic song that focuses God's people on His strength and turns the corner to help us see how that same strength is for us when we are in Him. It's a beautiful thing.

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


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Set List, Sunday 07/25/10 Church at the Mall

Currently listening to The Almost, Southern Weather Here's our set from yesterday:

"God is Alive" [Steve Fee] "Say Say" [Kristian Stanfill, Chris Tomlin, and Christy Nockels] "Our God" [Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Chris Tomlin, and Jesse Reeves] "Jesus Messiah" [Daniel Carson, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves] INV: "Center" [Charlie Hall] OFF: "Chosen Generation" [Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Daniel Carson, and Jesse Reeves]

Yesterday was our day to celebrate what happened with our high school students at Student Life camp in Daytona Beach two weeks ago. Because of that, we introduced several of the "great" songs from the week's worship. "Say Say," "Our God," "Jesus Messiah," and "Chosen Generation" were all songs that the students learned while at camp, and God really used them to speak to the students and change their lives. "Our God" and "Jesus Messiah" were songs I had planned on introducing already, but this Sunday gave me the opportunity to do it all at once. I was surprised at how well the people engaged with the songs in singing out to the Lord. I suppose those two have been on the radio enough that people have heard them and know them already. It was really exciting to remember my shared experience with the students at camp as we were singing these new songs. God moved in a major way in all of our lives, and these songs serve as reminders of that event in each of our lives. It's a beautiful thing. "Our God" is a powerful declaration of the greatness of God, and "Jesus Messiah" comes from my favorite verse in Scripture, 2 Cor. 5:21. Both of them make solid and powerful doctrinal statements about the Lord and what He has done. The bridge of "Our God" ("And if our God is for us/ Then who could ever stop us?/ And if our God is with us/ Then what could stand against?") is so strong when the church sings it together. It feels like the walls might fall down from the power of that statement. I love it.

"Say Say" was a song that I had heard on the new Passion CD, but I was not previously impressed with it. However, after experiencing it live, I was sold on it. I think I just struggled with the way "Say, Say" was repeated throughout the song. What changed my mind was the rest of the lyric, which I hadn't really taken the time to read: "Say, say, say You believe it/ Sing for the whole world to hear it/ We know and we declare it/ Jesus is King/ Say, say, say You believe it/ Sing loud, sing like You mean it/ We know and we declare it/ Jesus is King." Solid and strong. This is another song that takes on new life when the church sings it together. We'll continue to teach this one over the next few weeks.

"Chosen Generation" is another great new song from the Awakening album. The chorus sings, "We are a chosen generation/ Rise up holy nation/ God we live for You/ You have called us out of darkness/ Into light so glorious/ God we live for You." One of the highlight moments of camp was when Louie Giglio called all the student leaders on the stage and had them watch their students sing this song. I stayed with our group and turned to watch them sing up close. It was an awesome sight. God is raising up our young people to change this world. Let us continue to hold them up in prayer and help to train them up as mighty disciples for our Lord.

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

God is working!


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Set List, 05/09/10 Church at the Mall

Currently Listening to my printer... Here's our set for this past Sunday:

"Happy Day" [Tim Hughes, Ben Cantelon] "Salvation is Here" [Joel Houston] "Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill] "How Great is Our God" [Chris Tomlin and co.] INV: "I Will Go" [Starfield] OFF: "Because of Your Love" [Phil Wickham] This week we had a good day of worship. Dr. Jerry Haag, president of the Florida Baptist Children's Homes shared a message about taking care of the orphans, and it was very powerful. He incorporated many stories about his experiences with the organization, and the many orphaned children around the world to whom he has had the chance to minister. God's hand in the planning was evident, as our invitation/response song, "I Will Go," was a perfect way to close the message, with the lyric singing,

Verse 1 To the desperate eyes and reaching hands To the suffering and the need To the ones the world has cast aside Where you want me I will be

Chorus I will go, I will go, I will go, Lord send me To the world, to the lost, to the poor and hungry Take everything I am, I'm clay within Your hands I will go, I will go, send me

Verse 2 Let me not be blind with privilege Give me eyes to see the pain Let the blessing You've poured out on me Not be spent on me in vain Let this life be used for change

Bridge I wanna live for You Go where You lead me I wanna follow You

This song is quickly becoming one of my favorites, because it is such an earnest cry and prayer for our obedience as the Body of Christ, that we would be His hands and His feet to the world around us.

It was a good Mother's Day service, and God was glorified by it. I pray that people heed the call to take care of the helpless. May we all heed that call!

Have a great week. I hope you had a great week of worship, wherever you were this week!

I will be on vacation next Sunday, so there won't be any updates next week. I'll be unplugged for a while, which is long overdue.


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Set List, Sunday 05/02/10 Church at the Mall

Currently listening to Love, by The Julianna Theory Here's our set for this past Sunday: "Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown] "Your Grace is Enough" [Matt Maher, Chris Tomlin] "Because of Your Love" [Phil Wickham] "Glory to God" [Steve Fee] "Mighty to Save" [Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan] "The Stand" [Joel Houston] INV: "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" [John Newton, Edwin O'Excell, Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, et al] "Let Me Sing" [Todd Fields]

This week was a solid weak of worship together. We tried to make things flow together well on our end, and tried to create a little space for people to breathe and reflect, which is something we don't do very often. I'm not sure I said enough to set it up, but I think it was healthy nonetheless. Pastor Jay's message was a really poignant one, basically about forgiving the people who have made life miserable in some way. Many people responded at the end of the message, laying situations and relationships at the front to give them over to God and let go. It was a beautiful morning. God is truly at work in our midst, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of it.

I hope you had a great week of worship, wherever you are!


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Set List, Sunday 04/18/10 Church at the Mall

(Well, I just typed most of a post, and hit the track pad with the palm of my hand, clicking on a link and erasing everything I'd typed. This one may be shorter…) Here's our set for this week:

"Faithful One" [original] "Cannons" [Phil Wickham] "Indescribable" [Laura Story, Jesse Reeves] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill] "You Never Let Go" [Matt and Beth Redman] "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" [w/ add. chorus by Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, Jesse Reaves, et al] "Your Name" [Paul Baloche and Glenn Packiam]

This week, we did something different. We went ALL acoustic. Every instrument was an acoustic instrument. Corey played the cajon (Spanish for "box"), Melanie played piano, Sal played high-strung acoustic (which has nothing to do with coffee), our friend Zack Nethercutt played cello, and Andrew and I played acoustic. It was fun to wail away on our guitars, like it should be done.

This week took me back to my roots, when I started getting involved and then leading worship in music over 15 years ago. It was never a well-produced band with electric guitars, drums, keyboards, and bass. It was usually just three to seven acoustic guitars and possibly a djembe for percussion. Its value was not in the production or the performance. It was in the sincerity and the intimacy. This is what this weekend was like for me. It was a return to the heart of the matter and the central focus of worship- Jesus Christ. That was my purpose in the whole thing, and judging from what some people have told me, they got it. I had two comments from the morning that confirmed this. One of the pastors said that by the time we finished, God was glorified. That is the mother of all compliments for a worshiper. I told him, "That is what I live for." I want nothing more than all of us to say that God was glorified when all is said and done. I don't care that people enjoy the music, if they miss God and His glory in the whole thing! I care about doing it well, but that is not the end goal. The end goal is ALWAYS the glorifying of our Lord Jesus Christ. The second comment was from one of our people, who said that it really helped to put things in perspective. That's what I hoped for. It's all too easy to get used to having all the big production, with the loud drums and guitars, and the driving, energizing music, and to think that is what is necessary to engage God in worship. This morning was a necessary break from the pattern to jar us all back on track. The point is to glorify God, not rock and roll (even though I love that part of it, too.)

Two things stood out to me about the morning. The first was Zack on cello. He did a fantastic job, and his passion for his instrument really came through. We had a ton of fun playing together, and I can't wait to get him back in there and playing again soon. The second thing was the people singing. I have never heard our church sing so loud! The youth have added so much to our service, too. It was awesome to hear all of their sweet voices lifting praise to God. There was a moment at the end of "You Never Let Go" where everything dropped out it was just the cello and our voices, and it was so beautiful.

It was a great day for our worship team and for our church, in my opinion. I hope we can do it again soon. I am thankful for Pastor Jay supporting me in taking a chance and trying something different. It was a beautiful thing. I hope you had a great week of worship, wherever you were. Next week, we’re going to continue to try some new things, just to keep us all on our toes!

Glory to God!


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A Reason to Attempt to Exaggerate...

After our rehearsal tonight, I came away reminded of something I have frequently thought. You cannot exaggerate the greatness of God. You and I cannot find enough words, the right words, the perfect words, to summarize or describe the fullness of who God is. Words and thoughts will always fall short of comprehending the mystery, the wonder, the grace, and the mercy of God. There is a reason we sing "a new song" (Ps. 40). We keep trying to find a better way to tell of God's greatness, and that's a good thing. It requires meditation, and dwelling on who He is, to find a new way to attempt to brag on God and make His name higher than anyone else's. Take some time to try, in your heart and your mind, to exaggerate God's greatness. You can't do it. But try. Never stop trying.


Set List, Sunday 04/04/10 Church at the Mall

For Easter, we united all of our teams from the "classic," "progressive" (my team), and the "blended" services to do the same service for all three services. Here was our set list: "I've Just Seen Jesus" "Christ the Lord is Risen Today" "Jesus Paid It All" (Kristian Stanfill version) INV - "Never Be the Same" (original - see media page) "Saved the Day" (Michael Neale) "Days of Elijah" (Robin Mark)

It was a great day, and we had a lot of fun celebrating the resurrection of Jesus all together. I don't think everyone in every service was entirely comfortable with each part of the services, but that's okay. We need to stretch ourselves to understand different languages, and that includes music, too. I firmly believe that music is a language with which we communicate with each other and with God. Thus, a worship style choice is a language with which the worshiper is comfortable and familiar in communicating with God and each other. While I think it is more productive to allow people to communicate in their own preferred language for the most part, I also think it can be very healthy to hear the other languages, to recognize that other people can communicate profoundly with the Lord in different ways. That's what we did today in joining together. It was a good thing.

One major mess-up on my part this morning: I started "Jesus Paid It All" in B (our normal key), while the orchestra and the band all had it in C (the Praise Charts key, which is best for the orch). There was no way to seamlessly modulate up a half-step, so the orch just laid out after realizing that I was in B. Whoops! We had a good laugh about it later, but I was a little thrown off by my own mistake. Note to self - put the capo in the right place!!!!

Happy Easter! Jesus is Alive!!!!!!!


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Set List, Sunday 03/28/10 Church at the Mall - Palm Sunday

Currently watching: MSU/ TENN in the NCAA TournamentCurrently listening to the rain.

Here's our set from this morning:

"Hosanna (Praise is Rising)" [Paul Baloche, Brenton Brown] Scripture reading from Mt. 21:1-11 "Hosanna" [Brooke Fraser] "Let Me Sing" [Todd Fields] Scripture reading from Mt. 24:29-30 "Glory to God Forever" [Steve Fee] "Lord of All" [Kristian Stanfill] Message by Rob Schenck INV - "Center" [Charlie Hall] OFF/CLOSING - "The Wonderful Cross" [Isaac Watts, Chris Tomlin, J.D. Walt, Jesse Reeves, and Lowell Mason]

This morning was a good morning. I was really sick, and my throat was on fire, but we made it through. I felt a little off the entire morning because my head wasn't very clear, due to sinus pressure. God We were celebrating Palm Sunday and the Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The two "Hosanna's" were perfect for today. I usually try to keep them out of the same set, just because I feel strange doing two songs with the same title. Today is the day when the word Hosanna is one of the main ideas. It's interesting that we sing and use the word "Hosanna," but many people do not know what it means. It is a name that means "Save us!" The people who were proclaiming it thought that Jesus was coming to restore Israel and free them from Roman rule, so they called out, "Save us!" It is really a variation of Jesus' name, which means "The Lord Saves." Jesus entered like King Solomon, son of David in 1 Kings 1:32ff, riding on a mule as the anointed king of Israel, heading to his coronation. He was doing just that, but not in the way that we would expect. He came to defeat death with His own death. He saved the lost by dying in their place, rather than bringing a change of government. (As I typed those words, I was challenged; our world doesn't merely need a change of government - it needs salvation. We sometimes get our priorities out of line. The gospel of Jesus Christ needs to be our priority, despite how we feel about government, politics, and issues. I digress...) His victory is the greatest victory that has ever been won.

After we read the passage in Matthew 21, it seemed like people sang that word with a little more understanding, and it was a beautiful thing. The second set took a turn more toward Jesus Christ's power and glory, with a glance toward both His sacrificial death and His returning. The passage in Mt. 24 deals with His return, and I thought it fit well in the context of Palm Sunday. It was something different for me, so I was interested to see how it flowed.

The songs surrounding that passage were "Let Me Sing," which is a great song that says, "Let me sing/ Louder than creation to You/ For the pain You bore in Your body/ To bring my soul to you." I love that lyric. "Glory to God Forever" is a solid exaltation and surrender song, and "Lord of All" is always a win for us in worship. Kristian Stanfill nailed it with this song. Taken somewhat from Psalm 19, it focuses on the majesty, mystery, glory, power, exaltation, and holiness of God, and our proper response to Him. Here is the lyric: "Lord of All" by Kristian Stanfill

Verse 1 Wonder and awe surround You Lord Glory and fire light Your way Day after day, the heaven's proclaim The beauty of the Holy One

Pre-Chorus We will respond With joy in our song Your enemies rise, Your enemies fall Your fire consumes them all

Chorus There is none so high and holy King of kings the one and only You are adored, You are the Lord of all

Verse 2 Mysteries are known alone to You All wisdom is Yours to reveal You hold in Your hand the days of all men All life and breath is Yours to give

Bridge We adore You, we adore You Lord of all the earth Lord, we love You, Lord, we love You Let our hearts be pure, O Lord

Jesus alone is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. May our lives, our words, and our love declare His greatness, His grace, and His mercy. He deserves our best because He gave us His best.

In the Son,


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Set List, Sunday 02/21/10 Church at the Mall

Faithful One (Acoustic Demo) Currently listening to Gungor, Beautiful Things

Our set today:

"Faithful One" [original] "Salvation's Chorus" [Todd Fields] "Everlasting God" [Brenton Brown, Ken Riley] "You Never Let Go" [Matt and Beth Redman] "It is Well" [Horatio Spatford w/ add. chorus and arr. by Todd Fields] INVITATION: "Never Be the Same" [original] OFFERTORY: "Your Name" [Paul Baloche and Glenn Packiam]

Today Pastor Jay started his series on the Holy Spirit, and it was a great day of worship. The highlight for me was Todd Fields' arrangement of "It is Well." I was a little thrown off through the whole morning because my throat was on fire and we had a last-minute tech change that affected our in-ears, but God was working and showing His glory in spite of those things. That was my prayer last night in this morning, that God would be glorified in my weakness. It was a beautiful thing.

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