Archive for February, 2009

Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.

This stanza is a prayer…with 2 main parts:

1. A confession that Jesus is all we want/need.

2. A petition to God to lift those who have fallen, bring joy to the weary, and impart healing and vision. Not just physical healing, but spiritual.

God is just/holy. There is no corruption in God. God is full of truth [He is THE truth] and grace. On the opposite hand, we are false/sinful/unrighteous.

This is one of the most unexplainable concepts. How can God want to have a relationship w/someone completely opposite of Him?


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by Tim Stevens

-Artists want to help people experience God. Leaders want to give them truth about God.
-Artists want the freedom to try stuff, the chance to risk. Leaders personally like risk, but when it
comes to the services, they want to know what is happening and have a pretty good idea it’s
going to work.
-Artists are feelers. Leaders are thinkers.
-Artists want to leave room in the program for spontaneity and the move of God. Leaders figure
God will move ahead of time during the planning phase.
-Artists have a hard time logically explaining how the artistic elements will contribute to the goal
of the service…they just feel strongly that it will work. Leaders have a hard time planning a
service around a feeling.
Artists like asking questions. Leaders like giving answers.
-Artists like leaving the audience in the tension of the unanswered. Leaders feel like they are
failing if they don’t offer a convincing message.
-Artists want to be a part of the dreaming phase. They want to know the “why” and not just the
“what.” Leaders want someone to create a service around their concept.

Download the free eBook, “Leadership Learnings.” Tim says these are generalization, and I agree. I see myself in both descriptions on several of these points. Successful worship leaders have a blend and balance of gifts in the artistic and leadership areas.

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Thinking about In-Ear-Monitors?

Here is a good source of articles on transitioning from wedge to ear bud. We are currently thinking about getting the Hear Back system in combination with a couple of wedges for vocalist monitoring.

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ELCA News Release:

In an effort to incorporate music from around the world into a singing assembly, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is training young adult musicians like Ernst to use and teach global music.
Music offers the opportunity to create partnerships and share stories of how God works in the lives of people, said Ernst.  One doesn’t need to be fluent in Spanish, Swahili or French.  The singing assembly can still sing songs in various languages, she said.

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David Crowder shows how to play this song from Remedy…

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Stanza 2

Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.

-We are lost, hopeless, depraved apart from Christ. He is: our only help…the only Rock on which we can stand…our only source of eternal support and comfort…the only One in Whom trust can be placed…the only source of true strength…our only Defender.

Psalm 63:7-8Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

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Great article over at blog.worship.com

You may find a lot of your past mistakes are now being exposed with a click or that your harmony you always sing is actually flat now that you have some accompaniment in the loop. There is also risk of computer melt down, but that’s why we only recommend Macs here.


I have used a drum loop before in the song “All the Earth” by Charlie Hall. They are really easy to create in Garage Band – and then exported to iTunes and used in a playlist.

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