Todd (my hubby) and I have finished the first five (of many more, I'm sure) weeks of planning services together. I am happy to report we are still married and we still like each other :) Honestly, it has gone very well making this move to live teaching...better than I thought. Todd and Pastor Jeff work on their messages together and then share the same outline. The service planning has been fun for me to see this side of my husband and the inner "creative" coming out of him. Emily, our Worship Arts Intern, has done at great job of choosing worship songs for our services and creatively contributing to the team with other elements. She is taking the reins on her own for a couple of Sundays coming up here soon. We had a new bass player, Sam, start with us this week (he is also our viola player) Not bad for a kid! (he's in high school) His good friend, Rob, is our cellist, so I just told them to work out the rotation (cello one week--bass guitar one week) and let me know. I think they liked that :) It was cool to see Rob sitting in the congregation this week just worshiping and cheering on Sam. I am so blown away at the community that we have on our team with each other. Bryan, one of our audio guys, made a GREAT call in between the services on a stage volume issue we were having. Man, it made a huge difference! I love the ownership that our team takes with executing services. I love it that they want it to be THE BEST it can be for God. I feel really blessed to be where I am. Here was our setlist:
"Trading My Sorrows"
"All Because of Jesus" - Fee
Desert Song - Hillsongs
"Still" - Hillsongs
"Your Name" - Baloche
Our Time of Response was really worshipful...people REALLY sang out on "Your Name." It has kind of become the culture here that people just stand or sit on their own during the response time to sing. As a worship leader, it is SO meaningful to just lead people and not tell them that they should stand now, sit now, do this, do that. Our people have really learned to respond during that time as they feel led. The whole room doesn't stand every week... it's a personal response and I love that and will always encourage that. BTW, I took my ears out to listen to them sing...yeah, I just about lost it. It was such a great day.
Look for some upcoming posts about what I think are THE MOST Important tools you need as a Worship Arts Leader in church planting.