This was our second week in our new building, which we are sharing with two other churches. Last week, we had one combined band with members of Evergreen Community Church’s musicians and ours. This week we had separate bands, although Evergreen did loan us a drummer and bass player, which was cool.
Evergreen’s service goes form 9:45 to 10:45, and then ours starts up at 11:15 (though we publicize 11:00). That’s not a big window, especially when Evergreen’s service runs a bit long. Their band was still playing at 10:55, which gave us about 10 minutes to switch out an entire band. We pulled it off, though, and got started with the following set list:
- How He Loves – David Crowder version (this was a pre-service song to let people know we were getting started)
- On Our Side – Chris Tomlin
- You Are So Good To Me – Third Day version
- The Heart of Worship – Matt Redman
- How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
- On Our Side (again)
For the band, we had drums, bass, two keys players (one on pads and one on lead), and me on vocals and acoustic. Everybody played great this morning – it was a lot of fun leading worship today. I had a great time doing “How He Loves” before the service.
During “How Great Is Our God”, we went into “How Great Thou Art” toward the end sort of as a bridge, which is something Tomlin does a lot. We’ve done that song many times before, but that was the first time to sing the hymn, and I think it worked really well.
I prepared a scripture to say and speak on right before “You Are So Good To Me” – Psalm 50. The Psalm is God speaking to the nation of Israel, telling them that He does not desire their goats and bulls as a sacrifice, but rather their thanksgiving. I sort of half-memorized it, and, of course, I didn’t get it right when I spoke it. Note to self: No more half-memorizing! Get it down solid!
Bill spoke on Acts again (see the above image) – another great message. He picked up where he left off last week with the 120 followers of Christ as Jesus appeared to them after his resurrection. His command to them was to wait in Jerusalem for the gift they were to receive. After Jesus’s ascension, they waited and prayed constantly for ten days, and the Holy spirit came upon them and empowered them to do some really awesome things.