A Worship Chick from the South

"…the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life…" Psalm 27:4

A renewing of my mind: part 1 March 9, 2010

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I knew that our trip to California would have some sort of spiritual significance, because every trip Jeff and I have ever taken has had some sort of spiritual revelation attached to it big or small. However, I did not know that it would be so personal to me or what God wants to use me for, He is showing me things even now as we zoom down the hill from Fayetteville to Fort Smith to go home after a week in Los Angeles for what I thought was really more of just a family vacation, but has become so much more.

I am generally fearful of new things and a bit lazy, I have spent my life this way and although God has grown me up by leaps and bounds, these human tendencies are hanging on to me like burs used to stick to my socks on Grannies farm when I was 10. (you southerners know what I mean…a stroll through the tall grass and you’ll have 30 or so, then they prick you when you try to pull them off!)

There are gifts and abilities God has given me that I can do easily without being led by the Spirit, they are things that were a challenge once upon a time when I couldn’t do them without Him, but now with practice, have become easy, I can do them in my own strength…but I DON’T WANT TO! I don’ t want to be in a place where the things I do everyday are easy and I get in a rut of pride and laziness…so what do I do?


Our Sanctuary – LED lighting March 1, 2010

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LED lighting and White Spandex has transformed our Sanctuary, the combination of the two has given us multiple  design choices with a small budget.

All of the pictures you see here have used a combination of LED lighting and stretched, white spandex. In the picture above we even used some of our spandex as a table draping with our candles.

In this picture we made a cone out of the spandex and stretched around a piece of plywood. The plywood has a hole cut out of the center so we could set the LED light inside and shine it upward.

In this picture we stretched the spandex over a frame and glued silhouette cut-outs onto the back then shone the LED lights through the back for this effect at Christmastime.


Set List for 02/21/2010 February 23, 2010

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Big House – Audio A

Hallelujah – Brenton Brown

Welcome and Prayer

Above all Else – Vicky Beeching

Breathe – Kathryn Scott

Offering – Made me Glad – Hillsong

Scripture Reading – Luke 4:1-14

Message – About the importance of knowing the word of God…reading the Word every day to renew your mind

Benediction/Altar time – How great is our God – Chris Tomlin

See set lists from all over the world at the worshipcommunity.com


Planning Center Online February 22, 2010

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We have just recently started using a product for churches called Planning Center Online. This is a great service for churches to use to help manage all of their volunteers for each service.  I have just started working in it and already it has helped so much in the last two weeks. It notifies your volunteers when they are to serve by email and they are to reply with a confirmation reply or they can deny that they are available for that time. If a volunteer is unavailable then the system will automatically email the next person lined up for that position.

Using it for the worship team, I also have the option to upload chord charts and sound files or YouTube links to the songs. There are also many other options that I haven’t even started using yet. I will let you know as we go along, the Pros and Cons of the service.

They have several pricing options available and all include a free 30-day trial. If you are a very small church, they have a free service that is limited on what you can do with it, but still very helpful and a great place to start.