This past weekend Jacinda and I led worship for our third service at Peoples Church, here in Fresno, CA. We have done this several times now and it seems to be getting more and more frequent, which I love. I love leading worship and almost always say "yes" when they ask.
It is always different when we lead because our style is different. We have more of a band feel with a lead singer and background singers. It is normally more of a 4 part harmony with full band and sometimes with horns. Plus, I've only been leading or involved in worship for the last 10 years, so I'm not familiar with songs older than 1994. "I could sing of your love forever" is about as old as I go! Also, I'm not talented enough to pull off some huge brooklyn tabernacle song anyway. So, it's usually a one-sheet per song with me compared to the multipage sheet music that we normally play with.
The set went pretty good, I'll still feel that our church needs to build community in a major way so that everyone feels included in the worship experience, but the set went well. There are just so many out there, who I wouldn't recognize on the street, people who come in late and leave early that I don't feel are connecting in the moments that we are worshipping our Lord. That is what frustrates me more than anything. Why do we even come to church? Aren't we there to lift Him up? He deserves so much more than what we are currently giving Him...even though I can't read peoples hearts, but it's kind of evident in people's posture that they are thinking more about where they are going to lunch rather than what they can give their Christ as a sacrifice of praise!
Anyway, here's my set list
- Marvelous Light-Charlie Hall
- O Praise Him-DCB
- From the Inside Out-Hillsong United
- Facedown-Matt Redman
- Mission's Flame-Matt Redman