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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Weekend Review – 06-1314-09

I wasn’t on the band at all this weekend. One of our volunteers (who used to lead worship at a church and has extensive music experience as well as his wife) led worship and it was great. He was face with a few challenges, a drummer who hadn’t played in 4 months, a drummer/electric guitarist who played bass and an electric player who played for the first time, and he did a great job. It’s such a blessing to be able...

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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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Weekend Review – 06-0607-09

This was one of those weekends. You know the really good ones? We just had all of our ducks in a row, we had our A game on and it was good. Our Senior pastor, who’s a musician, actually thought it was a CD when he was hearing us from his office. So, this weekend we had all of our 1st stringers on the docket and it makes all the difference in the world. I could trust the drummer and rest in his groove, I could work around the...

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Weekend Review – 05-2324-09

Ah, having a four piece band is both a great thing and a dangerous thing. It’s a great thing because it gives all the musicians plenty of room to be creative and musical. It’s dangerous because all of your errors are very exposed and if a part isn’t there, it’s more obvious. That’s what this weekend was for me. We had a pretty solid group of musicians, who were able to hold their now, yet we were having...

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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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Weekend Review 05-1617-09

This weekend was another challenging weekend. I am fighting another sinus infection and head/chest cold, and we didn’t have an electric guitarist for this weekend either. I know I’ve ranted and raved about this before, but it can be really frustrating that all the music being done in churches today, and all the music that’s coming out of Nashville is electric guitar driven. It can make it a real challenge to pull off...

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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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Weekend Review – 05-0910-09

Happy Mother’s Day! I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for my wife and the great mother she is and I’m thankful for my mom too. We showed a video from Worship House Media today, that I’d be willing to be a bunch of you showed too, it’s called “Why She Deserves a Day.”(You can view it at the bottom of this post.) It was great, it was humorous and made a great point. If you’re...

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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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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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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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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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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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