Jeffrossman’s Weblog

I’ll give you three guesses…

Archive for August 2009

Sunday Setlists – Aug. 23, 2009

with one comment

This is part of Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist Series.

I’m Jeff Rossman, I play electric guitar for my worship team (usually) at Living Hope Family Church in Tucson, AZ. I’m not the worship leader, but I believe I have as much of a responsibility within the band to be actively engaged inthe refining process, I believe in “honing my craft,” and I believe Psalm 33:3 is a mandate to me and to all worship musicans.

This Sunday both our bassist, and our other electric guitarist were out, and so I played bass instead of guitar. Electric guitar is kind of a staple in our worship diet, and so we were a bit thin this Sunday, but still did well, considering. I can hold my own on the bass, but that’s about all. My right-hand pointer and middle fingers are still raw from yesterday…Anyway, on with the list!

I’m Not Ashamed – Hillsong
I love this song. It’s currently one of my favorites among the songs out team does. It’s very fun to play, it has a great message and it always goes over well with the congregation. However, it is very guitar driven, and so the lack of an electric guitar made the song a little thin.

The Time Has Come – Hillsong United
So this one is very bass heavy, including a bass solo (watch/listen here at 4:08). I just barely made it through the solo. The problem is not that the solo (as is) is overly difficult, but we play it in a different key. Thus, part of the solo uses an open string which was unavailable to me. But, it was still fun to play.

I am Free – Newsboys
This one is always good. It very much gels with the message our church preaches, and thus the congregation connects with it. We play it often, but we have yet to get sick of it.

You are My Strength – Hillsong
This is another one our congregation just seems to love. It’s simple, straightforward and beautiful, which is a good combination.

He Reigns – Newsboys
Even though I like this song, it felt strangely placed in the set. I have no problem with ending a set with a fast, high-energy song, but this song just didn’t seem the right choice. Once we got to the first chorus, it was okay, but it felt awkward until then. (Ramble alert) I guess my thought is that if you want to end the set with a high-energy song, you have go big immediately – otherwise it just feels awkward. It has to hit people quick. Luckily, I attend a church full of people who know how to worship, and they will worship whether it feels awkward or not 🙂 (Besides, it’s entirely possible that I’m the only one who felt awkward)

PS – There was a song between “You Are My Strength” and “He Reigns,” but for the life of me I can’t remember it.

All in all it was a good Sunday. God was praised, and I had a blast (as usual).

Written by jeffrossman

August 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Posted in Sunday Setlists

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

with one comment

So I feel I’ve received some direction…finally…which is refreshing. The last year and a half of my life has been sort of a reaction or response to what had happened previously (being ‘let go’ from being a youth pastor), and so it has been somewhat of a struggle, and I have often felt an uneasiness as I pondered my “calling,” and couldn’t help but feel that somehow I was sort of off the path, or at least not moving forward. A few ministry opportunities have presented themselves in the past year or so, but I ultimately felt that these opportunities were not right for me, and so I passed them up.

Recently, however, I feel I have had an epiphany of sorts. I have pretty much decided that I will be moving back to Phoenix, re-enrolling at Phoenix Seminary, and finishing my education there. On top of that, for the first time in the past year-and-a-half, I feel “released” (for lack of a better term) to pursue ministry vocationally. I honestly don’t know whether the recent reluctance to pursue ministry was from the Holy Spirit, or from my own insecurity. Despite feeling somewhat “stuck,” this has been a very positive season for me. I have experienced a measure of financial stability (at least moreso than when I was a youth pastor), I have had some soul-searching time, and I realize now how much I had neglected my own spiritual health while tending to the spiritual needs of others. This has been a wonderful time of rejuvination! My church is great, and the teaching from the pastor is phenomenal! I am truly being transformed by the Word, and it is an awesome experience. I have established a wonderful network of close Christian friends – something I lacked during the whole time I was in Phoenix.

So my friends, I covet your prayers, and I will keep you updated!

Written by jeffrossman

August 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Posted in Life, Ministry