Kevin’s Weekend Review: 8-16-09

The first part of the week, I attended a worship conference in Hillsboro, Oregon.  It was the Integrity Conference (“Deeper”) with Paul Baloche, Brian Doerkson, Kathryn Scott, etc… and it was AMAZING!  By the end of the conference I felt so excited for ministry; I was genuinely pumped for Sunday and wanted to share with my whole church all the things I learned. So on Sunday, I did that: I opened up the service by...

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“Kevin’s Weekend Review”: 8-9-09

After a two week break, I’m back on the blog.  Oddly enough, I wasn’t on vacation or even gone these last two weeks… I just have been so busy that every time I think about blogging there’s about 15 other things that I need to be finishing right then.  Part of my busyness has come from this big outreach event that I’m coordinating.  We have a booth at the local fair for the express purpose of evangelism;...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 7-19-09

Service on Sunday went really well.  I had one of our guitarist lead the entire service: he picked the music, put the order together, ran practice… the whole thing!  He did a great job too; it was very encouraging for me to just be on the piano as Dan led.  This is something we’ve been working towards as a Worship Ministry and it is awesome to now have 5 people on my team who have led an entire service. Here is what Dan...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 7-12-09

Hi everyone!  Hope you all had a great Sunday.  Ours seemed strangely empty; as if half the church decided to go on vacation this week.  Did anyone else have this happen to them on Sunday?  I don’t remember last year being so vacant, but for some reason a lot of people were gone this week. That didn’t stop us from having some great music.  It actually was one of the better sets we’ve done (musically).  Practice went...

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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...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 6-28-09

Happy Summer Day to everyone!  The sun is out, and it’s a beautiful day in Vancouver, Washington.  Yesterday was a good day for our Worship Service at Laurelwood, but I’ll admit that it felt a little off.  I don’t know if any of you have ever experienced this, but the practice was great and things were just clicking and feeling good.  But then when the actual service rolled around, it felt… a little off.  Kind...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 6-21-09

So, things went pretty smooth on Sunday… much better than a couple weeks ago!  If you remember, two weeks prior, we went super long and we ended our service almost 30 minutes late.  I’ve been determined to help keep things on track the last couple weeks, so this Sunday we did a few less songs than normal (no special music) and I made sure to not make any comments that would just take up time. On the positive, we ended...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 6-14-09

I’m continuing on with the work of raising up other leaders on my worship team.  I wasn’t off stage and in the congregation like David was this week, but I did have a chance to work with one of our guitarist as he led some of the music.  It’s been great seeing other people step up… but there’s still a lot of work to do! I echo David’s comments that it’s totally worth it to move in that...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 6-7-09

Hi everyone!  Church on Sunday was… well… it was long!  At Laurelwood we have a 75 minute service and I’m usually pretty good about planning and coordinating so we stay within 75 minutes.  But this Sunday, everything went long! I take a lot of the blame because I think I was being somewhat naive about how much stuff I could pack into 75 minutes.  We did some scripture readings, a special song, communion, Summer...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 5-31-09

This past week I was on vacation, so I decided to something very simple this Sunday.  I grabbed my best acoustic guitar player and asked him if he would be willing to lead the music.  Dan has done a lot of playing and even led some during college, but it’s been awhile since he was up front on Sunday.  Still, I knew that he had the potential and we’ve even talked about him doing some worship leadership. So, Dan said yes and...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 5-24-09

Hi everyone, As I mentioned in my blog last week, I’ve been doing a lot of work to raise up other Worship Leaders in our church.� This Sunday, I had a guy on our team do a “Phase-3” worship service (where he plans, prepares, and executes the entire service).� It was really cool! One of the benefits of having others lead worship is that it keeps things fresh and exciting. Ryan has a different musical taste and style...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review:5-17-09

This week I had another team member leading most of the music.  I’ve mentioned before how I’m trying to strategically get others leading and involved in worship leadership; but things are really starting to take off now.  My ultimate goal is to only be leading the entire service once a month (or maybe twice).  I’ve really been impressed by the need to empower others in leadership and this has been a very big...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 5-10-09

I hope everyone had an EXCELLENT Mother’s Day!  When I think about all my wife does for our family–while working a part time job–I wonder why we only give Mother’s one day.  If you are a Mother; hat’s off to you… thank you for all you do!  Even when I think about my own mother and the sacrifices she made for me (taking me to piano lessons; driving me to youth group every Wednesday night so I could...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 5-4-09

Hello out there.  This Sunday was great… and I wasn’t even there! 🙂  I joined about 25 men in our church for a Men’s Retreat during the weekend.  We left Friday afternoon and got back Sunday evening; we had an awesome time as men seeking God and drawing closer together. Meanwhile, back at Laurelwood things went smoothly and without any glitches.  I have spent over a year now intentionally training and raising up...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 4-26-09

Oh man… it has been a rough couple of weeks.  I was miserable and sick almost all of last week (which is why my Weekend Review post was noticeable absent last Sunday).  Today has been the first day that I’ve had the time to sit down and write this out… I’ve been so busy catching up with everything from last week. Have you ever had that happen?  Where you are frantically trying to get caught up, but in the...

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Kevin’s Weekend Review: 4-12-09 (Easter)

Whew!  A lot of work went into making this morning happen… and it was such a success!  I am so happy with how everything turned out.  Like many of you, I spent hours in practices and working indivdually with musicians; not to mention all the prep work and putting together teams of sound people and lighting/video stuff.  A LOT of work!  But it totally paid off in the end. I’ve been at Laurelwood for about three years now,...

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