Flexibility: A Precursor for Unity
May26

Flexibility: A Precursor for Unity

About 8 months ago, our church discovered that the multipurpose room we were meeting in (I call it a sanctuasium) was structurally unsafe. See, our meeting space is a pole building design and the posts that are holding everything up were rotten. So in a matter one week, we had to move our entire worship service out into the Fellowship Hall. Luckily, we have a Fellowship Hall that is large enough where we can squish everything and cram...

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Helping Your Church Navigate Change
Oct27

Helping Your Church Navigate Change

“Annie Hawks would be turning over in her grave if she heard that song!” This was the very passionate statement said to me after church one Sunday. We had just done the Matt Maher / Christy Nockles song, “Lord, I Need You”. The song is largely based and/or inspired by the hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” written by Annie Hawks. And on this particular Sunday, the song was close enough but different...

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Leading Through Change
Jun18

Leading Through Change

Change.  That word can be a very troubling thing for some people.  And for others, it is a welcomed reprieve from a monotonous pattern.  Regardless of where you personally fall on the continuum, the reality is that at some point in each of our lives, we will be faced with change.  And there’s nothing you can do about it!  But how you react to that change and how you help others walk through change; now that is what you can do...

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3 Steps for Introducing New Songs at Church
May12

3 Steps for Introducing New Songs at Church

As someone who leads worship and chooses what songs our church is singing, I have a huge problem on my hands: there are so many good worship songs!  Does anyone else have this problem?  There’s only 52 Sunday services a year, and you can’t introduce multiple new songs every single Sunday, so what do you do? I’ve wrestled with this dilemma before, but it seems more than ever there are just some amazing songs being...

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What is Your Easter Song?
Mar04

What is Your Easter Song?

“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it.” – Matthew 28:1-2 If you’ve listened to the Podcast, or if you know me, you know that I love Easter!  I’ve struggled in the past with Christmas and finding...

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WorshipMob, Carry The Fire – Review
Feb14

WorshipMob, Carry The Fire – Review

I’ll admit that prior to reviewing this album, “Carry The Fire”, I was not familiar with WorshipMob.  But over the past couple weeks as I’ve been listening to them, reading up on them, and discovering more of what they are about, I’ve grown to appreciate what they are doing. WorshipMob began as a couple Worship Leaders getting together to sing, worship, and write music in Colorado Springs.  It has since grown into a consortium of over...

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Staying Strong
Jan22

Staying Strong

If you know me, you know that when it comes to football I like two teams: The Oregon Ducks and the Seattle Seahawks.  You might also know that this past week both those teams played in a significant and meaningful game: The Ducks played in the College Football National Championship and the Seahawks played in the NFC Championship Game.  And both those games had different results. For the Ducks, they lost to an Ohio State team that was...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 11-15-09

Church on Sunday was pretty cool.  I put together a Veteran’s Day celebration at the beginning of the service and it was a hit!  I tried to get the Junior ROTC from our local high school to come and do an Honor Guard to present the colors, but it didn’t work out.  Maybe next year.  But I did get all our Veteran’s to come in their uniform and one of our currently serving members gave a brief message on freedom.  At...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 11-8-09

Hi everyone!  It’s been a few weeks since I last posted a blog on our weekend service.  I’ve been in the process of selling our house and moving to a new house right by the church.  I’m happy to report that as of last night, we are officially in the house and unpacked and it’s starting to feel like a home now.  Praise the Lord! This Sunday, we had one of our missionaries preach.  It wasn’t exactly a...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 10-18-09

Hi everyone!  My life has been a little crazy and stressful the last few weeks; our family is moving to a house right by the church.  We’re super excited, but it’s a lot of work packing up a house.  You wouldn’t believe the things I found… I kept asking myself, “Why do we have this?” or “Do we really need xyz?” But in the midst of all this busyness, God has been doing some neat things in...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 10-4-09

Hi everyone.  Man, what a busy service on Sunday!  You ever had one of those?  Where you have 120 minutes of stuff you’re trying to fit into 75 minutes worth of a service.  Crazy!  All week long I was talking with people and trying to find ways to cut time but without cutting on the heart or meat of the service. The end result I think was pretty good.  I had several people come up after and thank me for how worshipful the...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 9-27-09

Hi everyone!  This week we did kind of a “throw-back” service and busted out a few of the Oldie Goldies from the archives.  It was fun; and our people love doing older songs.  I think if it was their way, they would stay in the late 80’s and early 90’s forever! 🙂 Luckily, I’m a firm believer that cultures change, music changes, and even the way we worship can change.  Have you ever wondered why Jesus...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 9-20-09

Hi everyone!  It was a good Sunday, but also stressful.  We had some sound issues as I’ve been training a new guy on the board.  Things weren’t going well or sounding well in practice and I was trying to run back there and help him on the board.  We ended up running super late in practice; which is a bad thing since I am teaching a Sunday School class. On the plus side: the service ended up going well.  It wasn’t...

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Kevin’s Weekend Update: 9-13-09

Church went well on Sunday.  We did a little less music than normal because it was a very full service.  And I taught a new song to our church that they just LOVED!  It’s written by Brian Doerksen, titled: “Holy God”.  Wow!  What an amazing song!  It’s super easy, very simple and very singable.  But it’s so powerful; the words have awakened my heart in a very real way.  Our church was standing on their...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review 9-6-09

Happy Labor Day week to everyone!  Like many of you, I had Monday off for Labor Day… so now I’m trying to catch up on all the work I missed on Monday!  Sunday feels like so long ago, but it was really only a couple of days. This past Sunday was communion; and we had a guest speaker; and I introduced a new congregational song… it was a busy morning!  Our practice ran late; partly because we weren’t able to...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 8-30-09

Hi everyone!  I was on vacation last week (in beautiful Hawaii), so this is my first week back into the blog world.  I must say that coming home to the North West after being in Hawaii for a week is a bit of a challenge.  I suppose anytime you come back to reality it’s kind of hard. This Sunday I had an older gentleman in our church lead worship.  I’ve been working on training a lot of younger worship leaders, but this guy...

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