This is tough stuff!

January 9, 2009

Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am.” – Jesus (Matthew 16:24)

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“Pure Praise” devotional study

January 7, 2009

pure_praise_144Hey!  I just wanted to take a moment to let you know about a 9-week devotional study that will be taking place over at TheWorshipCommunity.com.  People from all over the country (world?) will be reading “Pure Praise”, a Bible study on worship by Worship Leader and Author Dwayne Moore, and then having online discusssions each day at TheWorshipCommunity.com.

The study begins January 12.

For more information, check out Fred McKinnon’s blog and get the details on how to join in.  It’s not too late.


Sunday Setlist … January 4, 2009

January 4, 2009

 Hola!  Welcome to the first Sunday Setlist of 2009.  In case this is your first time, my blog post is part of Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist party that he throws every Sunday.  You can find links to many other Sunday Setlists on Fred’s blog.

This morning at GracePoint, I was on the sound board once again.  Here’s the view from the board (I apologize for the crappy quality.)

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The Setlist:

Elevation – This was the first time for Elevation.  I was a little concerned about the complexity of this one, but it turned out phenomonal.  I took some video of the second service, but discovered when I got home that my camera was set on “compact video” for some stupid reason.  It’s not worth posting at postage stamp resolution…  Awesome job guys!

One Way – I think this was the first time that Christina had ever sang One Way.  She did a great job.  Fun song.  I love the bridge!

Hold You High – A great song.  Mike does a great job singing this one.

Mighty to Save – We play it more like the original Hillsong version on the “Mighty to Save” album, rather than Hillsong United on ” The I Heart Revolution” album that came out last year.  The guitar parts are cooler, although Rod usually covers the beginning guitar riff on keys.  Good song.  I really like the dynamics.  Mike got everyone singing a capella at the end.  Very nice.

Word of God Speak – The Kutless version is way cooler than the Mercy me version, so that’s what we have alway used.  Deric is awesome on this song with all of the tom-tom work, and his patent-pending “trash can” cymbal sounds awesome at the begginning.  Especially after I added a lot of delay and reverb to it.  Another great song.

Rise Above This – This song is perfectly suited to Gil’s voice.  Great dynamics as it goes from calm to screamo in the chorus.  This song is becoming a bit of a staple.  And that’s a good thing.  (I got some very low resolution video during sound check on this one too…)

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As an added bonus… here is the pre-service playlist from my ipod.  I was going for sort of a sort of a 2002 rap-rock thing (well, mostly).  I also had a mostly acoustic playlist ready to go, but scrapped the idea…

  • I’ll Rise by All Together Seperate (featuring PAX217)
  • Higher Ground by 38th Parallel
  • Unbelievable by Thousand Foot Krutch
  • Old School by Inhabited
  • Wake Up by KJ-52 (featuring Toby Morrell of Emery)
  • Go by Forty Days Tempted
  • Who Am I? by 38th Parallel
  • Voices by PAX217
  • Schizophreniac by Earthsuit
  • Mary’s Song by Molly Williams

Sunday Setlist … December 21, 2008

December 21, 2008

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Good afternoon, people of the blogosphere!  Once again it’s time for my Sunday Setlist recap of this morning’s service at GracePoint.

Today was the last Sunday in the Beatles-themed “Let It Be Christmas” series.  The Christmas Eve service at the Orpheum in a few days will be the last of the Beatles…

For a few months now, we’ve been broadcasting the services live over the Internet.  I may be getting the story wrong, but this morning a church in Romania was going to stream the first service live at their church.  Pretty cool!

On to the music…

  • Little Drummer Boy (walk-in)
  • Bring Me to Life – Evanescence
  • O Holy Night – Barlow Girl
  • Revolution – Starfield
  • Solid Rock – Delirious
  • Revolution – The Beatles (offering)
  • Come Together – The Beatles (exit)

Little Drummer Boy is one we started using several Christmases ago.  I don’t know who came up with the arrangement originally, but we “borrowed” it from Granger Community Church.  The band gets a groove going, and then it’s a lead guitar solo of the melody in 3 different octaves.  (You can watch Granger’s version by clicking on this link and then scrolling down to the “Blue Man Prelude” video.  It is second from the bottom.)  Fun song!

Bring Me to Life has been a GP favorite for a few years.  Jamie is incredible on the song.  Interestingly, it transitioned really nicely into the O Holy Night…

O Holy Night is another one that we’ve used for a couple of Christmases.  The Barlow Girl arrangement of the song is awesome, and it fits Jamie’s voice perfectly.

Revolution is one that we unveiled earlier this year.  It’s a lot of fun.  Now that I think about it … it was a morning of fun songs.  It fit in very nicely with Bryson’s sermon about Revolution.

Solid Rock is a great version of a classic hymn.  Rod really gets the “Steve Wonder funk thing” going on the keyboards.  Our good friends PC Revelations and the God Squad joined the band on this one.  These guys have an awesome ministry, and do a pretty good job of helping us white guys get our hip-hop going.

Revolution was the classic Beatles version, but rocked up a bit, if that’s possible.

Come Together was brilliant.  PC joined the band again and got an Aerosmith/Run DMC thing going on.  Nobody wanted to leave.  I can’t blame them really…


Sunday Setlist… December 7, 2008

December 7, 2008

Once again, it is time to participate in Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist party.  If you’ve never checked out Fred’s blog, you should.  Go ahead and check it out right now.  I’ll wait…

Seriously.  Go!

Today was week 2 of the Let It Be Christmas series at GracePoint.  I was on the sound board again today – which isn’t the best place to actually enjoy the service.  You’re constantly analyzing how things sound, or trying to fix something.

The setlist:

  • Help – The Beatles (walk-in)
  • Break FreeHillsong
  • Take It AllHillsong
  • Sing to the King – Billy James Foote/Passion
  • Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
  • Jesus Paid It AllKristian Stanfill (offering)

 Help rocked! We’re discovering that Andy’s voice is well suited to The Beatles. 

 Break Free is one we started using earlier this year.  I love the funky bridge.  A great uptempo song from down under.  Andy was on lead vocal duties again.

Take It All is another great rocker from Hillsong.  It’s nice because we can do it with male or female vocals.  I think we’ve done it both ways, but usually it’s Amy, since she rocks it so well.  We use the standard arrangement for both of the Hillsong tunes.  (Hillsong songs sounds kind of redundant doesn’t it…)

Sing to the King is quickly becoming one of the church’s favorite songs.  Christina nailed the song, as always.  Jeff was awesome on the guitar solo.  Interestingly, this was the third lead guitarist we’ve used on this song.  More interesting is that they’ve created three completely different guitar solos for it.  [edit: video has been added to youtube!  check  it out.]

Eleanor Rigby was the traditional Beatles arrangement.  We had a guest cellist, Arleigh Aldrich, from the Wichita Symphony.  Amy covered the violins, etc… on the keyboard.  Andy was on lead vocals again.  The song was simply incredible.  It tied in really well with Bryson’s message.  We need Arleigh back again sometime.

Jesus Paid It All is stealthy.  It’s not typical Edge of Grace fare, but it works awesome for us.  I love the dynamics of the song.  It’s another one that works well for both male and female vocals.  In the second service, we changed things up a bit during the offering and Amy led an incredible time of worship after the message.  The song ended (second service only) with Amy ad libbing while Andy sang the chorus over and over.  God was definitely moving this morning!

I also want to give a special shout out to Carlos for surviving his first week on bass.  Carlos plays in a local rock band that I remember the name of right now.  He did a great job!  That’s about all I’ve got without going into the myriad of technical glitches this morning.

Have an awesome week!


You Simply Love

December 1, 2008

Saturday, I was listening to the Pillar album, Where Do We Go From Here, while driving back from Altus, OK.  It had been a while, and I had forgotten how good it was.

One song, in particular, really jumped out at me – Simply.

Check out the chorus:

“You simply love. Despite all the stupid things I’ve done.  It’s hard to remember, that you simply love.”

The song ends with…

“I don’t know why. I can’t understand. I don’t know why. I can’t comprehend.”

God simply loves. Nothing more. Nothing less.

The story of the prodigal son is probably the best illustration of this. No matter how bad we screw up, God runs to us with open arms when we return to Him.

What if we loved like that? What if we simply loved? No strings attached. No conditions. No judgment.  No hatred. No history. No memory of how others have wronged us. No condemnation. No expectations. No selfishness. No pride.

Simply love…


What I’m Thankful For…

November 27, 2008
  • My beautiful wife
  • My children, Jada and Jett
  • My cats, Oreo and Toffee (most of the time)
  • My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
  • My parents, siblings, grandparents, and in-laws
  • Being able to play music
  • My ipod
  • My church, GracePoint
  • Edge of Grace
  • A job that I enjoy, and pays well
  • My blogger friends
  • Old friends
  • New friends
  • My mandolins and guitars
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Wikipedia
  • Proton pump inhibitors
  • Caramel Macchiatos
  • Pizza
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Gasoline under $2 a gallon
  • Colorado
  • A roof over my head
  • Hot showers
  • Andy Williamson for making my leaves disappear this week
  • Low cholesterol
  • Low blood pressure

What are you thankful for?