Songwriting – God Songs

Kevin and I have been going through the book “God Songs” by Jimmy & Carol Owens on the Worship Ministry Catalyst podcast. We both love writing songs, and we want to get better at it, so we decided to go through the book on our podcast. If you’re a songwriter, or you just want to know more about the process of writing a song, check out the...

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Weekend Review – 01-0910-10

This weekend was kind of the weekend where we start settling back down into a routine that will carry us for the rest of the spring into the summer. Phil & Danielle – on of our volunteer couples who used to lead worship at another church – led this weekend. Which means I got to play keys this week only and nothing else. It’s always fun when I get to focus on playing an instrument and not having to think about...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0050 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” We are having a great time talking about this book and I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Weekend Review – 01-0203-10

What a great way to start the new year. At least I think so! Our band did awesome this weekend, especially this morning. We had our A game on this weekend. And considering we didn’t have practice because of Holiday vacations, it was fantastic. We focused our worship time around what might be my goal for our congregation this year, to take advantage of every opportunity we are given to worship. That we will rejoice daily in our...

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Weekend Review – 12-2627-09 – Worship Confessional – Sunday Setlists

I feel like it’s been years since I last did a weekend review. Ah the joys of the Christmas season. This weekend is one of the first times I feel like we didn’t drop the ball the weekend after Christmas. It seems like every year after Christmas and Easter, we’re always scrambling to get a band together and to get the music worked out, etc., but I didn’t feel like that was the case this year. We had a full band,...

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Weekend Review – 11-2829-09 – Worship Confessional – Sunday Setlists

Ahh, the weekend after Thanksgiving. When people are out of town and the people who are there still have a Thanksgiving – too much turkey – hangover. This weekend, our pastor was talking about the Holy Spirit, which is something we almost never talk about. And since we never talk about it, we also haven’t really introduced any songs in the past that are related to the Holy Spirit. So, unfortunately for some of the...

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LiFT Worship Band – Debut Album

A few years back, (more than a few – but I’m not willing to admit that yet) I was a student at a college in the midwest, where we had this group that I sang in called the University Chorale. It was a great experience, one that I remember fondly to this day. Singing in that choir gave me some of my best musical experiences, it also gave me some friendships that continue to this day. Trevor of the Lift Worship Band was in...

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Thanksgiving Eve Service – 11-25-09

Well, here we are again. I don’t know if very many of you do a Thanksgiving Eve or Thanksgiving day service, but to me these services seem to just creep up on me every year. In the back of my head, I know they’re coming, but between our regular weekend services and gearing up for Christmas weekend, it seems that they just sort of appear out of no where. I find myself on the Monday before the service wondering exactly how...

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Weekend Review – 11-2122-09 – Worship Confessional – Sunday Setlists

What a weekend! It was great! I know that not everyone involved felt like they were “up to snuff” for the weekend, but it was a great weekend – the people of God worshiped! Sure there were things we could have done better, things that could have gone better, things that could have been tighter, notes that could have been “righter,” but when it comes down to it, the bottom line is that people worship and...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0049 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche & Jimmy & Carol Owens. (If you click on the...

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Weekend Review 11-0708-09

This was a great weekend! I didn’t do a review last weekend, but should have. We did a worship night, and it was great! We did a lot of music and people really worshiped. I’m really looking forward to the next one we do and the times of worship we will have. This weekend, we used the same band from that night and we did songs that we did at the worship night, so we had already worked on them quite a bit by the time we got...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0048 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche & Jimmy & Carol Owens. (If you click on the...

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Weekend Review – 10-25-09

This weekend was missions weekend for us. Some of you know exactly what that means. There may be others of you who have a more positive view of missions services at your church, but my experience thus far in ministry has not been extraordinarily positive. The speakers usually tend to speak longer than they are given, some much longer.  A lot of times, their speaking skills lag behind those who communicate regularly and the point of...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0047 – God Songs

If you missed last weeks’ podcast, I’d highly recommend you go check it out here. In this week’s episode, David and Kevin continue their discussion on songwriting through the book “God Songs.” This week, we’re finishing up the first chapter, I’d strongly recommend you pick up a copy of the book and go through it with us! We’re going to be going through the book God Songs by Paul Baloche...

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Weekend Review – 10-1011-09

This was a great weekend, however if you had asked me at 5:45 yesterday evening how last night’s service was going to go, I would have told you…”This could be bad.” For some reason our practice was just really rough, and we had a hard time getting through several of the songs. But then, when we did the service last night, almost all the songs went pretty well. And this morning, all the songs went really well....

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0046 – God Songs

Well, I have to admit, I’m very excited about this podcast. The topic we’re starting to talk about this week is one that is huge for me. It’s something I’ve been interested in since I was a teenager, and was in fact my first real passion in music. That is the art of songwriting. It is most definitely an art and a craft, one that I’m very passionate about. Kevin & I have been talking about doing a...

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