Kevin’s Weekend Review: 7-5-07

It was Fourth of July this weekend and I had a lot of people gone on my worship team.  In the past, I’ve ended up doing just a “piano service”; but this year I had enough people to do a small band.  So there was four of us on Sunday and it was a lean, mean crew.

It’s kind of cool having a smaller band because everyone gets a little more exposure and the sound is a lot tighter.  Of course, you also have the potential to highlight any mistakes you make; but I’m proud of my crew on Sunday.  I think we did well!  Here’s what our service looked like:

  • Patriotic Medley (This was a smattering of songs like “God Bless America”, “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, etc.  Our church has a lot of veterans and many people who “bleed red, white, and blue”, so these kinds of patriotic things are always very special for our church).
  • Your Love Oh Lord (Third Day)
  • Come Thou Fount (Standard hymn arrangement; with a few modified chords)
  • You are my King (Amazing Love) (Billy Foote)
  • Sanctuary/I Exalt Thee Medley (Classic songs; can’t remember who wrote them)
  • There is Power in the Blood (We did a bluegrass/southern gospel version of this song; it was fun!)
  • Mission Focus: Testimony from the Czech Republic
  • Prayer for Offering
  • Message: “How to Have a Good Fight”
  • Sanctuary Reprise

We did a lot of “older songs” on Sunday… but you know what: it was awesome!  I think a lot of times I shy away from doing songs that were written 10+ years ago.  And while a lot of songs have a “shelf life” and you need to just let some of them die at pasture, there are other songs that have a lot of meaning despite their age.  I’m trying to do better about not looking at the year the song was written, but looking at the message in the song.

Well… that’s it for me! Check out what other people are doing over at Fred McKinnon’s site.  God bless!

Author: Kevin Kruse

Kevin is the Worship Pastor at Laurelwood Baptist Church. He attended Multnomah Bible College where he met his wife, Melanie. Together, they live in Vancouver, WA with their two daughters (Callie and Hailey), two cats (Bailey and Daisy), and their dog Lucy.

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