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Sunday Setlist 2/08/08

Posted in Chris Tomlin, Worship, Worship confessional, Worship Leading on February 10, 2009 by superman1224

I know I’m late getting this out. I wanted to give it another day to marinate. So here is the set.

Everlasting God

Blessed Be Your Name


Jesus Messiah


Famous One

Guest Speaker

He Is Lord

So this was my third Sunday. There were a lot of positives about this week. First of all no one quit this week. Last week I lost another Bass player. I won’t go into any of the details but I believe it was for the best. So this week my keyboard player became my new Bass player. He did a GREAT JOB. I had never heard him play Bass before and I was blown away.

This was the first week I tried a new song while leading the group. In the past learning a new song hasn’t been a big deal to me as a guitar player. I really liked it. I guess because I never really had to figure anything out. I just did what I was told. I wasn’t really sure how this was going to go but I was really passionate about this song and it fit well with the message.

Ever since going to the Tomlin concert a few weeks ago I’ve really been loving Jesus Messiah. Vocally I wasn’t sure if I could manage it. So I gave it to God and we rehearsed it and surprisingly it went really well. There is definitely a timing thing at the beginning I need to polish but it came together.

From a leading stand point I did try a few new things. One of which was the false ending. Ending a song and slowly building it and going back into it. I think it threw people at first but I like the way it worked out.

From a personal stand point I really felt a lot of doubt after the service was over. I didn’t feel like the set went well, despite all of the positive feedback. I was also starting to doubt myself as a leader. What my purpose was in all of this. I really think I was just under a lot of attack. However, yesterday I felt energized! I was excited to put this weeks set together. I feel very inspired. I’m sure the ups and downs are a natural thing in a position of leadership. I ask that you keep praying for my team. This is going to be a long learning process but in the end God will receive all the glory, and that’s what’s most important.


Mad Church Disease

Posted in Books, Christians, Church, Worship on January 28, 2009 by superman1224

madchurchdiseaseI don’t read! Don’t get me wrong I love to read but for some reason it’s easier to pick up the remote or the guitar (mostly the remote), than a book. However once the guilt of not being a well balanced individual overcomes me, I will pick up a book and if it’s a good one, I don’t put it down. This particular book is somewhat special to me however. After two years of watching this book unfold I finally got my mitts on it last night. It was such a cool process to get to know the author, read her blog everyday and watch the book come together. Us faithful blog readers even got to vote on what cover would be used for the book. This was a really unique experience. Truth be told this book could not have come at a more perfect time. As a christian who is only 27 and has already experienced 3 church splits and numerous church squabbles, this book has really spoke to my heart. It’s also perfect timing, as I start my journey as a worship leader. It’s filled with stories that take you through a wide range of emotions. One minute you’re laughing, the next you’re yelling at the people in the book like they slapped your momma. There is also a lot of good advice on how to deal with burnout…one of the number one killers of Christians, especially in leadership rolls. This book has already started to heal old wounds and has given me some insight on how to prevent burnout in my first ever leadership roll. This book is fantastic and I can’t wait to read more…

But as the great LeVar Burton always use to say “You don’t have to take my word for it!”

Thank You!

Posted in New Song, Worship, Worship Leading, Worshp Confessional on January 26, 2009 by superman1224

I couldn’t title this post any better. I have to say I have never felt so covered in prayer in one week in my entire 27 years of life. I can not thank all of you enough for praying for my team this week. I recieved countless emails, comments, wall posts, tweets, and messages from friends who were told to tell me that they were praying for me. I am still just blown away by this little blog community. The love that you have shown through all your kind words and prayers have really humbled me….literally brought me to my knees….THANK YOU!

With that said on to my first Worship text confessional.

I’ll start this off by saying the odds were stacked against me last week. I recieved a call Monday night asking if it were possible for me to lead worship. With a little hesitation and shock, I agreed. Without going into any details the worship team as a whole has been going through a lot of changes and struggles as of late. The future was very uncertain. I was very afraid. I set up Thursday as our rehearsal. Jay our drummer (and my rock throughout this whole ordeal) set the pieces of the team in place. Everyone was on board, but I still needed to make sure my Aunt Jill (our Bass player) would be able to rehearse Thursday instead of our usual Wednesday slot. Called her a few times and couldn’t get a hold of her. Wednesday night comes and I receive a call from my Aunt Jill and she informs me that she was stepping down from the worship team and that she as well as the rest of her family are being called away from our church. She also told me that she wasn’t sure if she was going to play Bass for me on Sunday. This was a HUGE blow. She has played suck an enormous roll in my development as a musician, a leader, and a person. It was like someone had cut off one of my arms. I wanted to curl up into a little ball and just quit. After talking with her a while she said that she would get back to me on whether or not she would be there for rehearsal on Thursday. Being the best Aunt in the world that she is, she left me a message on Thursday, that she would support me and be there at rehearsal and play on Sunday.. So the team was set!

Rehearsal on Thursday went really really well I have to say.We even finished a little early.

After a pretty sleepless night on Saturday, Sunday morning came quickly. Got to church, set up my gear and started sound check/rehearsal. In my opinion it was bad! Not the people on the team….just me! I was really not use to singing first thing in the morning. My throat was dry and had a lot of gunk in it. I was tripping up on lyrics. I couldn’t hear myself. My guitar playing was spotty. Just bad. I was not doing well at all. After sound check we have a meeting with all the people involved in the service. We take communion and pray for one another. I prayed A LOT during this time.

So I walk out on stage getting ready to start worship and who do I see in the front row sitting with my wife, but my in-laws! They have never been to our church……I LOST IT! I walked off stage and just broke down. My loving wife knowing how I would react, found me backstage sobbing like a little girl with a skinned knee. She pulled me back together and I walked back out on stage and grabbed my guitar.

We started off with the LIVE in Austin version of Forever. I read from Psalm 136. I used this to warm up the congregation and get them to participate in the song. It really touched my heart, I’ve never heard them sing that loud before. By the time we got to the second chorus I was unconscious. I was completely calm.  From that we transitioned into Blessed Be Your Name quite nicely considering we played it in a different key. How He Loves Us set up communion. I wasn’t sure how well this was going to work, but it actually turned out really great. Conner, you were right, it’s so much easier to have someone else play the lead part. While communion was being served I came back in softly on the acoustic with How He Loves Us. From there we started Marvelous Light. I really really love doing this song. There is something about it. This was the last song before the lesson. The hard part was over. The last song was for our ministry time was Storm by Lifehouse. I’ve probably played this song solo for ministry time at least 5 or 6 times. I was in the clear. Our sound guy added in an echo to my voice which was AWESOME! Could really be over used, but it was perfect for that song. Really closed things out perfectly.

So that’s it. My first Sunday as a worship leader. I would appreciate it if all of you would keep praying for me and the rest of the team. It looks like I will be leading worship for the next month or so. I will be hitting you other worship leaders up for resources and advice. Please if you are a worship leader please leave feed back in the comments as well as advice. Also shoot me an email or a tweet with anything that you think would help. I have to say thank you again to all of you who lifted us up in prayer on Sunday. Your prayers were felt and as far as I’m concerned they were answered beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Worship 1-25-09

Posted in Music, NewSong, Worship, Worship Leading on January 22, 2009 by superman1224

It’s been 3 years in the making. This Sunday I will lead worship for the first time. There are a lot of emotions involved as I prepare for this Sunday. Rehearsal is toinght, and a true test to see how it’s going to go on Sunday. I ask that for those of you who read this blog pray for me and pray for my team. Pray that God’s hand is upon us and that He as well as the Holy Spirit atend NewSong on Sunday.

Here is the set list.

Forever (G)

Blessed Be Your Name (C)

How He Loves US (C)

Marvelous Light (B)

Here in My Shame (G)

I’ll most likly post some sort of confessional on here. Again I can’t stress enough, please pray for us.

My Gear

Posted in Gear, Guitar, Pedals, Worship on January 9, 2009 by superman1224

Probably one of the biggest changes I’ve had in the past few months and even the year is my sound. Back last Feb. I bought a Cherry Burst Les Paul Studio, quite the upgrade from the 77 Mustang. I still love and play the stang but Les gives me the sound I’ve been looking for…that and a few friends I’ve picked up along the way. You know God blesses us in so many ways, and the biggest blessing is having a wife that is cool with you spending over $500 on gear not even a year after you sent $1000 on your 4th guitar. She has been so supportive and I can’t thank her enough for that support.

So on to the good stuff. I decided to go with stomp boxes because if something isn’t needed or I don’t use it anymore I can sell it. Pedals retain their value pretty well. If I were to buy a big unit, I’m paying for stuff I don’t even use. So here is what my gear is looking like these days.


1: Boss DD-20 Giga Delay
With what we play on Sunday a delay is a must. I really like the loop feature for layering. Bought this from my buddy Blake at a good price. All his presets were perfect! Never had to adjust a thing. Just plugged it in and started playing.

2: Visual Sound V2 Series Jekyll and Hyde Overdrive and Distortion Pedal
Two pedals in one. A sweet fat overdrive on one side and on the other, the best distortion I have ever heard on a pedal! Got this one for my birthday and is my favorite!

3:Boss CH-1 SUPER Chorus Pedal
Got this one used for a good price. I went to Guitar Center fully prepared to buy a brand new one but you can’t beat half price and BOSS pedals are really reliable, so no worries buying used.

4: Morley Little Alligator Volume Pedal
Got this bad boy for Christmas. Love it. I really dig the fact that you can set your minimum volume level. It doesn’t have to go to silent. This makes it a handy boost pedal if used right.

5: Boss TU-2 Chromatic Stompbox Tuner
This was a must! I was so sick of having to unplug and walk over to my amp and pull out my tuner and tune and then plug back in. This made it impossible to tune between songs. I don’t know how I lived without this thing.

So that’s it. I really think I’m set. I still have my Create 2X12 but it has been a good amp and will still serve me well now that I am out from underneath it’s built in FXs that I can only use one at a time. One day I might get a Fender Blues Jr. but until that day I am fully satisfied with my sound. So what are you guys playing these day? Get any new toys? I think we need a “show us your gear” update.

Music I digg…2008 edition

Posted in Best Of 2008, Music, Worship on January 8, 2009 by superman1224

Since there has been quite a bit of time since my last postings I’ve decided to forgo the best of 2008 series that seems to be all the rage on blogs this time of year. The reason being is a lot that would be mentioned on that list would seem really out of left field since I haven’t really discussed any of them on this blog all year. So this is just a list of great albums that have been on repeat for me.

lifehouseLifehouse -Who We Are
This one probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone. This was the most antisapated album of the year for me. I love this CD. Great from cover to cover.

jimmyJimmy Eat World – Chase This Light
Up until about 2 months ago this got my vote for my favorite album of 2008. Still to it’s credit, it still wakes me up every morning! This is probably in my top ten lifetime!


Breaking Benjamin – Phobia
This Album rocked my face off. Something about the lyrics and the thick heavy distortion and the angelic melodies just did it for me. Still rock this one a lot.

fooFoo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
Not only does this album kill it but it also get’s my vote for best album cover of the year and maybe the last 5 years. This band is so great I pinch myself because I can’t believe one person can be apart of two great bands!

ampAfter Midnight Project – The Becoming
I know this might seem like a broken record but I LOVE THESE GUYS. I know they are my friends and I am a little bias but I’m telling you, these guys are going to be in your face on a global scale in 2009 I can feel it. They have been signed (finally) to Universal and their album should be due out in March or April. I had the extream privilege to hear the new record over Christmas as well as have a beer and some hot wings with the guitar player. I will tell you this much, the rough mixes I heard blow up anything I’ve heard in the last 2 years! More to come on these guys in the up coming months.


Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns
This album shocked me as to how great it was. I didn’t really expect much but I really love this one. It’s for those days where you just want to sit back and relax. Not an everyday cd otherwise you could find yourself depressed, but still works when in the mood for it.

evanblueEvans Blue – The Melody And The Energetic Nature Of Volume
This one is up there with Breaking Ben. Lots of heavy stuff but also very dynamic. Love these guys a lot.

kingsKing of Leon – Only By The Night
If you haven’t heard of these guys by now you will. This is one of those sleeper albums that all of a sudden blows up. I was fortunate to get in on these guys early on and I can tell you this is a great album. Very different but that doesn’t take away from it’s greatness. I’m really surprised no one else has this one on their list.

gentsGentlemen At Arms
I have been so privileged to be surrounded by great musicians most of my life. Especially since I consider myself not a great musician but a musician all the same. My good buddy Blake (who sold me my first distortion pedal way back in the day) has put out probably the best EP I’ve heard in a long long time. Look for these guys to tear it up one day. I still can’t believe how great they are. You can visit their myspace and hear for your self here

davidDavid Cook
What can I say? I hate American Idol. With that said go buy the David Cook album.

hillsong1Hillsong – This is Our God
Dude what can you say, it’s Hillsong? I was listening to this album a lot yesterday. I was having a bit of a discouraging day and this cd really renewed my vision and my calling. None of the Cds listed above could do that. These guys really know how to worship. Don’t believe me? Turn the lights off or close your eyes and put on the song This is Our God.

crimeThe Classic Crime – The Silver Cord
Finally we come to what I have deemed the album of the year. I got a chance to see these guys live with my good buddy and cousin Levi and even thought the singer was obviously very under the weather, they still rocked our face off! Right now this is my favorite album in the last 5 years at least. Please do yourself a favor and check them out.

As a side note I noticed a very common choise on other people’s lists. Coldpaly. I can’t get into it. I must be doing it wrong because everyone seems smittin by these guys. don’t get me wrong I love me some cold play but I can’t get on board with this new album. Help me out kids. Do I need to stand on my head or make some tea or what? Also worth noting are some runners up. I can’t mention everything I’ve dug because this post would be forever long. But Twilight, Juno, The Dark Knight, and Once were all GREAT Soundtracks. Also Weezer- Red, and The Killers – Day and Age, were also worth a nod.

NewSong Worship

Posted in Leading Worship, Music, NewSong, Worship on December 17, 2008 by superman1224

So I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything and I am hoping I can change that in the New Year. Blogging is something that I really love to do but to be honest it’s not the same without Russ in the same room. Anyway, there have been some new developments in Worship since I’ve last posted. I have now moved from just being a guitar player to becoming more of a leader. This has been a very rewarding growth period, but growth is the key word.

What I am looking for by posting this is to get some feedback from you worship leaders out there. Also just to let you all know what we’re playing at NewSong. Please don’t feel obligated to give me a pat on the back because that’s not what I am looking for. Although encouragement has helped my confidence. I don’t feel like I am going to puke before worship starts as much anymore.

You can find more videos of our worship team here.

To the RSS readers there are 3 videos in this post.

Lead Me To the Cross – Hillsong

In My Shame – Blake Easter

How He Loves Us – John Mark McMillan