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Sunday Setlist 10/04/2009

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

My name is Jeff. I am one of two electric/lead guitarists on our team. We tend to have a very modern/rock feel to our worship (hence two electric guitars), which I absolutely love! We do lots of Hillsong United, Desperation Band, etc.

For the past couple of weeks, our youth have decided to come up to the front to worship, and since many of them are very exuberant worshippers, it has been great for our church!

Here’s the set…

Revolution – Hillsong United
This song is big. And fast. And I love it. It’s a great, high-energy song to kick things off.

Break Free – Hillsong United
Always good. The team was doing this before I came on board, and so I’m still sort of figuring out what to do, I think I’m almost there.

I Am Free – Newsboys
This song is almost an anthem at our church and it is always a hit with the congregation. Our freedom in Christ is basically our Pastor’s main message week after week.

You Never Let Go – Matt Redman
This is another that is quickly become anthemic (did I just make up a word?). The faithfulness of God is another theme that runs through just about every message our pastor preaches.

Deeper – Hillsong United
This one is a lot of fun to play. However, it took us a long time to get to where we are. I’ve only enjoyed it the past couple of times we’ve played it.

To the Ends of the Earth – Hillsong United
We tried a slightly new arrangement on this one, and even though I suggested it, I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Offering:

Shine – Matt Redman

That’s it.

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October 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Sunday Setlists 09/27/09

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This is part of Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist series. I play electric guitar on our team, and sing a little.

This Sunday was absolutely awesome! We’ve recently made a change to our Sunday morning rehearsal in which we spend the first 20-30 minutes just worshiping as a team, usually with just one person on acoustaic guitar or keys, and everyone else singing.  It has made a real difference. As it has been said, “You can’t lead people to a place you’ve never been.” Going into the presence of God ahead of the congregation (so to speak) makes it that much easier to lead them there when the service starts.

The Time Has Come – Hillsong United

Dancing Generation – Matt Redman
At the beginning of the service, a bunch of the youth came to the front to worship/dance, and it totally electrified the atmosphere, and when we started this song, the church just flew off the handle! It was great. I’ve NEVER seen that many people dancing in our church! In fact, it startled me a little. For the first few measures I was focusing on the guitar part and so didn’t look up, but then when I did, the whole church was bouncing up and down. It was awesome to see the church cutting loose!

Salvation is Here – Hillsong United

Greatest Gift – Matt Redman

Here in Your Presence – New Life Worship
This is the second Sunday we played this song. Last time, we didn’t really play it well, I don’t think, but this Sunday we nailed it. And what was even better, the congregation really entered in. I mean REALLY! It was truly a breakthrough Sunday, and it was awesome to be a part of it. Without question, this will become a favorite.

You Never Let Go – Matt Redman

Offering:

Revolution – Hillsong United
Fast, fast, fast. But tons of fun to play!

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September 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Sunday Setlists – Aug. 23, 2009

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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).

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August 24, 2009 at 4:53 pm

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Sunday Setlist for 06/14/09

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This is part of Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist Series.  Since this is my first blog in this series, I’ll give a little background…

I am not the worship leader at my church, but I do have a significant amount of experience leading worship and in worship ministry in general. Currently, I am one of two electric guitar players on our team, and this was actually only my second Sunday playing. Personally, I have a lot more experience (and talent) with the acoustic guitar, so this has been a really great opportunity to grow in my ability on the electric guitar, and I must say, I’m having an absolute blast!

This is a great Sunday to start blogging on this because I think we rocked the house this Sunday – no glaring mistakes, a lot of energy, and the congregation was really feeling it today. It was awesome to be in God’s house this morning!

Now for the review:

Love the Lord Your God:
This was probably my least favorite song in the set, honestly. It was difficult to figure out exactly what the electric guitar should be doing, and so it was very difficult for me, both services, to really just relax and worship while I played. However, I think we played it well, and it had a good energy to kick things off, but it was also a kind of mellow energy which allowed us to comfortably ease into the service.

Break Free – Hillsong United:
Nothing mellow about this song. It honestly amazes me that our worship team can pull this song off congregationally. I love Hillsong United, but they have a lot of songs that I feel are just unreasonable for normal congregational worship. This is one of them…or so I thought. The amazing thing is that not only do we play this song well, our congregation LOVES IT! People were dancing and shouting all over the place during this song – it’s truly an honor to be a part of a church full of worshipers who worship with abandon! I especially enjoyed the instrumental bridge.

I Am Free – Newsboys:
This is another song that our congregation just really seems to connect with. Our pastor preaches a lot on our identity and position in Christ, and I think this song speaks to that profoundly. At one point a couple of the youth started running around the sanctuary at the “I am free to run” part. It was a flashback to my Bible School days – we used to do that all the time. Even though for most churches, people running around during worship would be kind of weird, maybe even distracting, I felt that it was a beautiful expression of worship from these young people – and the energy was high enough that I don’t think it was a distraction at all.

Musically, I think we nailed this one both services. It’s pretty straightforward, but we have some dynamic changes throughout the song that just really make it work well. I don’t know where it came from, but we add a repetitious intro part to this song where we just sing “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom,” over and over. We slowly build it from just acoustic and some light cymbals to full band, full throttle, and then quickly scale it back to start the verse. Very fun!

From the Inside Out – Hillsong United:
This is absolutely one of my favorite worship songs of late, and even though I think we do this song well, I also think we could do it a lot better. The various parts of this song are not very well defined, and we all just kind of improv our way through it. We’ve got a talented team of musicians, so we pull it off, but I think we could give some more attention to the song, do some fine tuning, and really do it with excellence.

Came to My Rescue – Hillsong United:
Another favorite, and again another song I think we could/should spend some time on working the kinks out. In fact as I think about our team in general, I think we are really good at the upbeat/praise songs, and less good at the slower/worship songs. We have a tendency to pick out worship songs that have  some section of high intensity somewhere in the middle (both From the Inside Out and Came to My Rescue have full band, full throttle sections). I don’t think our team does quiet worship well…

The Enemy has been Defeated/Shout Unto God – Hillsong United:
(As you can see, we like Hillsong United). This was our song for offering. Honestly, this one felt a little awkward – I think we all felt that way on the worship team. We never really got it right in practice, and we didn’t really do it well in service. In my mind, it’s really not a stand-alone song – it needs to be tagged onto the end of another song.

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June 15, 2009 at 5:24 am