Holiday Sundays can be a challenge to creatively offer something different every year. However, they are great opportunities to do something different and to connect with people that might not normally attend a worship service. On the Island, holiday weekends can be some of our largest attended services because family and friends are visiting and we do get vacationers who are looking for a worship experience on their vacation. Today was no different. We had one of our largest attendance Sundays at the Island Campus - 239 people.
Todd's message was entitled "Roots of Freedom." He shared about the spiritual roots of many (specifically three) statements in the Declaration of Independence. He talked about the civil freedom as well as the spiritual freedom that our forefathers were seeking through the Great Awakening which led to the American Revolution. On a personal note, it was cool to see my husband's Pre-Law undergrad degree come out in a Sermon!
I love doing familiar songs on holiday weekends. I don't know the background of everyone in the room, but for a vacationer or someone bringing a family member or friend to "their church", I want the experience to have moments where we can sing out! I also love to do something brand new as well as something familiar but with a twist. Ok...it sounds like mixing drinks. Let's move on - here was the setlist...
"Salvation is Here"
"God Bless America" (my arrangement)
VIDEO BUMPER: FREE ( This is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE from sermonspice.com.)
"Praise the Father, Praise the Son" - (The final point of Todd's message is the we should worship the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as FREE people - no holding back. We have the freedom to worship - let's do it!)
"Chosen Generation" - (This worked great as a closer - I had never thought of using this in regard to our freedom as Americans and as Christ-followers. It was awesome!)
I have been programming pads, organ, and some keys in Ableton the last few months and playing acoustic or electric live. This has been working REALLY well in our services. I only had three musicians this week (including me) and three singers and it was a great sound! Deb and Daniel Cort sang with me and they ALWAYS bring such beatiful artistry to our worship.
It's good to be back with the Sunday Setlist Carnival. Check out more recaps here.
Happy Birthday, America!