Weekend Review 05-0203-09

This weekend was my first attempt at going in a piano driven direction with a band. We still have a full band, rhythm electric, acoustic, bass & drums, and I played piano and keys. Instead of just trying to get by with what we had, I decided to put together a band where we could drive the band with acoustic instead of being stuck in the electric contemporary rut. Here was our set: Rest In Your Peace (An original of mine) Center...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0033 – Contemporary Liturgy Part 1 (of 2)

In this weeks episode of The Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin are joined once again by John Ross. We’ve finished our discussions about Acoustic guitar (If you missed those episodes you’ll definitely want to check those out. Part 1 and Part 2.) and have now moved on to talking about the use of Liturgy in a contemporary setting. It’s a big topic (Just like the acoustic guitar) and there’s no way...

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Weekend Review – 04-2526-09

Can you say flem? This weekend’s review is shaping up to be something like a treatise on what not to do to your voice when your sick. #1 – Don’t sing – (whoops)…. #2 – Don’t Drink coffee – (Oh Well)….#3 – Don’t strain your voice, don’t cough too hard, don’t clear your throat – Oh well, it’s over now. It was a hard weekend for that reason as well...

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Weekend Review – 04-1819-09

So, I was trying to avoid this, but I fear that it has happened anyway. You know what I’m talking about. You plan for months and then totally rock on Easter, then the weekend after  Easter  it all flops. Maybe it doesn’t flop, but  it’s not even on the same playing field as the weekend before. Well anyway, it wasn’t as bad as I thought, I’m sure, it just makes me wish that every weekend could be as well...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0032 – Acoustic Guitar Workshop Part 2 (of 2)

In this episode of the Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast, David and Kevin are joined once again by the venerable John Ross to finish up our two part Acoustic Guitar Workshop. We dig a little deeper this week as we talk about the “dynamics” of playing with a band. John gives us some very practical and extremely helpful advice for what acoustic guitarists can do when they’re playing with a band, and also gives worship...

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Weekend Review – 04-1112-09 – Easter

As I’m sitting here waiting for our Easter dinner (Sorry if you’re kosher, but Mmmm Ham!), I thought I’d stop and do a quick review of the weekend. In Short, it Was AWESOME!!!  I’m sure (I hope) you felt the same way about your weekend, and since it was Easter I hope that’s the case. We had it all going this weekend, and we got er done. Full worship band, choir, videos, lights, continuity from beginning...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0031 – Acoustic Guitar Workshop – Part 1 (of 2)

In this week’s episode, David and Kevin are joined the the venerable John Ross. John is an Associate pastor at Pearl Church, in the Pearl District in Downtown Portland, OR. In this first part of a two part series, John covers some of the basics of the Acoustic guitar. It’s not only insightful for those of you who are aspiring to be guitarists, but it is insightful for worship leaders who are wanting to know how to talk...

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Weekend Review – 04-0405-09

This weekend we had a guest band leading worship for us. The Neverclaim is a band whose electric guitarist goes to our church, so they’re still somewhat connected here. It was great for a bunch of different reasons. 1.) It gave me a chance to work side by side with one of our sound techs on getting the sound that I’m looking for, so he got to experience first-hand and side by side what I’m looking for. 2.) It gave me...

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Weekend Review – 03-2829-09

Let me start by saying thanks to those of you who have been praying for my wife & I after the loss of our baby last week. It’s been so much more difficult than I could have ever imagined, but we’re starting to do a little better. This weekend was my “keys” band weekend. I had another guy play the piano (he’s 15 and has perfect pitch – a great asset!) while I played keys. It actually kind of...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0030 – Being too hard on ourselves

In this week’s episode, David and Kevin talk about “Being too hard on ourselves.” As musicians and artists, we have a tendency to only be pleased with how we perform when the performance is perfect, at least to us. It might not actually be perfect, but it’s perfect to us, we don’t notice any flaws. When that happens, we’re happy. When that doesn’t happen, we beat ourselves up thinking of all...

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Weekend Review 03-2122-09

Musically this was a great weekend. The band was tight, the vocals were tight, and the flow was different and good. Here was our set: Happy Day I Will Boast Easter Presentation Acts 4:1-22 reading God of Wonders Acts 4:23-31 Reading The Love of God (Mercy Me”ish” arr.) Sermon I’m forever grateful. Personally, this has been a very hard weekend. My wife & I found out on Friday that we lost our baby. My wife was 14...

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Doing what we’ve always done

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about this lately, and it turns out I’m not the only one. I’ve found myself both in regards to myself and in some relationships needing to remind people of this: “If we continue to do what we’ve always done, we will get the results we’ve always gotten.” (I didn’t come up with that quote, someone else did, I just can’t remember who.) John Maxwell is...

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Devotional Tool from Worshiply

Hey everyone, I thought I’d pass on a resource for you. I found it over on www.worshiply.com. It looks kind of cool. From my understanding, it’s an online devotional/journal/God-tracking tool. It looks like it would be a really cool resource that you could pass on to your worship team, I’m going to pass it on to...

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Worship Planning Resource

I found this resource earlier this week from Jordan over at worship trench and wanted to pass it on to you. It’s a really cool description of what Jordan calls Isaiah 6 worship. Here’s a little section of it. God reveals-takes initiative reveals presence (smoke filled Temple) scripture reading on the presence of God lone soloist on stage sings video focusing on “God in His Temple” etc. we, as created ones, adore (angels...

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Worship Ministry Catalyst Podcast – Episode 0029 – Technological Recontextualization

Os Guinness said in his book Prophetic Untimeliness, “After two hundred years of earnest dedication to reinventing the faith and the church and to being more relevant in the world, we are confronted with an embarrassing fact: Never have Christians pursued relevance more strenuously; never have Christians been more irrelevant.” In this week’s episode, David and Kevin breach the topic of “Technological...

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Weekend Review – 03-1415-09

This weekend we had the worship choir singing with us, so we had a pretty laid back band. I kind of rushed the choir into singing this weekend, because I wanted to do some promo to round up some people for our Easter Choir. They did a great job. We had some technical issues, we couldn’t get the choir up loud enough as they were right in front of the drum cage. Even though the drums are fully enclosed, we finally got them up in...

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