Weekend Review 10-0304-09

weekend-reviewIt’s been a few weeks since I’ve done one of these. Partially because I haven’t been leading. In fact, this weekend I played the drums. It’s been a while since I’ve done that, but it was fun, and an experience I think I’ll try to repeat. It gives me a great perspective on the band and how rehearsal is going, it changes my point of view enough that I can really observe how well a lot of things are going in a way that I can’t normally do. Plus, it fills in one of the needs we have, which is for drummers.

Last weekend we had an outside band in, “The Neverclaim.” You’ve probably heard me talkd about them before, and this week we had a husband & wife team leading. They are going to be leading worship for a couple of women’s conferences for the next couple of weekends, so they did some of the music they’ll be doing for those conferences this weekend.

Here was our set:

  • I’m Singing (Kari Jobe)
  • Joyful, Joyful (Passion arr.)
  • Announcement
  • You are Good (Houghton – Brewster arr.)
  • All Who Are Thirsty
  • You are Good (Kari Jobe)
  • Surreneder
  • Sermon
  • Tell the World (Hillsong United)

To be honest, I was definitely the weak link this weekend. I was leaning on the band leader and vocal leader to keep time instead of them being able to lean on me. Next time I play drums, I’ll definitely be using a metronome to help me keep time so they can rest a little more in the groove. I also had forgotten how hard it is to remember where you are in a song when you’re playing drums, and if you don’t have the order of the song written down, it can be really easy to get lost. There’s nothing that you’re playing that helps lead you into the next section, your totally dependent on your memory and the worship leader. So, this is good reason to have good cues as a worship leader. You want your drummers to feel like they know where they’re going and when they’re supposed to go there.

The version of Tell the world that we (actually they) did at the close of the service was really cool. It was acoustic and had a very cool, acoustic/coffee shop  feel to it.

The two Kari Jobe songs are off of her new album. I’d recommend you check them out. They’re simple and easy to use for your congregational worship times. I don’t know of many of you have used his resources, but she’s also one of the vocalists on Paul Boloche’s Vocal workshop DVD in his Lead Worship Series.

For more weekend reviews check out Sunday Setlists over at Fred’s Place.