Worship Leader or Worship Pastor?

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Worship Leader or Worship Pastor?

Just because we lead people in worship doesn’t mean that we are fulfilling the role of a Worship Pastor. Anybody with a guitar, a tour bus and a good song can lead people in worship, but when the bus pulls out of town all you’re left with is a great experience. God certainly uses these experiences, but the challenge of authentic transformation happens in the trenches of weekly coaching, encouraging, and serving the people in your own local church family. This is the value of a Worship Pastor.

Heart or Skill?

Psalm 78:72 describes David as a man who led Israel with integrity of heart and with skillful hands. Heart and skill are two primary issues that every Worship Pastor wrestles with, not just for themselves but for the people they lead. Both are biblical mandates that take a central role in the job description of a Worship Pastor (Ps. 33:3; Pr. 4:23; Mt. 6:21).

Unfortunately, many of our worship ministries are obsessed only with skill. We practice and practice, running the song list over and over at a Thursday night rehearsal and then play it again on Sunday hoping that something different will happen. Most worship leaders in America hold a part time or volunteer position and lead a team of volunteer musicians, so it’s no wonder that we tend to overemphasize excellence and give more time to developing skills than to healing hearts.

But a Worship Pastor is one who is not willing to focus on skill at the expense of people’s hearts. He knows both must be addressed but also realizes that worship is fundamentally a function of the heart, and that when a heart is transformed in worship, everything else follows.

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Sunday Set List – 11/30/08

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Daybreak Baptist Church

Program Notes & Instructions

11/30/2008 Sunday Morning
Welcome and Announcements

C—“Friend of God”

Greetings

C—“Friend of God”

C—“Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King”

Scripture Reading & Prayer

D—“Amazing Grace/My Chains Are Gone”

D—“Amazing Love”

E—“Hosanna”

Message

F—“Softly and Tenderly”

C—“Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King” (Chorus)

This Set list is blogged in conjunction with the Sunday Set List Blog Carnival over at FredMcKinnon.com.

Sunday Set List – 11/16/08

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Daybreak Baptist Church
Program Notes & Instructions
11/16/2008 Sunday Morning

Welcome and Announcements

G/D—“Blessed
Greetings
A—“Mighty To Save”

CHOIR

Scripture Reading & Prayer

A—“You Are Good” **
A—“It Is Well With My Soul” **
A—“Above All” **

** – Medley(see details below)

Message

(Invitation) C—“Just As I Am”

(Closing Song) A—“Mighty To Save”

This Sunday Set List is blogged in conjunction with the Sunday Setlist Blog Carnival over at FredMcKinnon.com.

Today was a tremendous time of worship at our church. There was a sweet, sweet feeling throughout the service. The Holy Spirit was working on and ministering to all of us this morning.

We started off with the song “Blessed”, by Hillsong. Our choir blasted out the first verse with just a little kick drum and keys, just like the “Aussies” do it. 😉 Then the band came in real big and our worship team came in nicely on a clever little hidden key change down by the band. It was really nice.

We flowed seamlessly into our next song, “Mighty To Save”. This is a very strong song for our group, and a church favorite. Most definitely one of our “Go-to” songs at Daybreak.

The leader of our worship band, Jason Lee, put together a RAD medley, which came next! It was “You Are Good”, “It Is Well”, and “Above All”. Below are the chord charts and structure of how we did it, in case any of you are interested:

You Are Good, It Is Well, Above All—A

Intro

A E/G# F#m Dmaj7

A E/G#
Your kindness leads me to repentance
F#m7 Dmaj7
Your goodness draws me to Your side
A E/G#
Your mercy calls me to be like You
F#m7 Dmaj7
Your favor is my delight
D E E/F# F#m E/G#
Every day, I’ll awaken my praise
Bm7 D/A G2
And pour out a song from my heart

Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever
Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever

It Is Well
A D A/C# Bm A/C# Bm E A
When peace, like a ri—ver, attendeth my way,
E/G# F#m C#/G# F#m/A E/B B E
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
E A C#m D D B B/D# E
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
E/D A/C# D Bm A/E E A
“It is well, it is well with my soul.”

chorus:
(silent) A A/C# E (hold E)
It is well (It is well)
E E/G# A
With my soul (With my soul)
A A/C# D D Bm A/E E A
It is well, it is well, with my soul. (Staying BIG!)

Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever
Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever

Above All
Intro Chords: A A/C# D E A Kind of quieting in transition

A D
Above all powers,
E A
Above all kings,
D E A
Above all nature and all created things,
E/G# F#m A/E D A/C#
Above all wisdom and all the ways of man,
Bm Bm/A E/G# E A
You were here before the world began.
A D
Above all kingdoms,
E A
Above all thrones,
D E A
Above all wonders the world has ever known.
E/G# F#m A/E D A/C#
Above all wealth and treasures of the earth,
Bm Bm/A C#7/G# C#
There’s no way to measure what You’re worth. BUILDING…

A Bm
Crucified (BIG!)
E/G# A
Laid behind the stone
A Bm
You lived to die
E/G# A
Rejected and alone
E/G# F#m
Like a Rose
A/E D A/C#
Trampled on the ground
Bm7
You took the fall
A/C# D E
And thought of me
A A/C# D E A
Above all

Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever
Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever

(Band begins to play Your kindness is forever chords Getting quiet…)

A E/G# F#m7 D2
Your kindness is forever, Your goodness is forever, Your mercy is forever, forever
A E/G# F#m7 D2
Your kindness is forever, Your goodness is forever, Your mercy is forever, forever (BUILDING)
A E/G# F#m7 D2
Your kindness is forever, Your goodness is forever, Your mercy is forever, forever (BUILDING)

Esus E A E/G# (HUGE!!!!!)
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever
Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever

Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever
Esus E A E/G#
You are good, You are good
F#m7 E D2
You are good, and Your mercy is forever(Impromptu Worship and End)

Anyway, it was a super time of worship!! Please take the time to comment and let me know what you think! Also tell me what you all did at your church this morning!

Blessings!

Wayne

Sunday Set List – 10/26/08

Daybreak Baptist Church

Program Notes & Instructions


10/26/2008 Sunday Morning



Welcome and Announcements

B—“Hear Our Praises”

Greetings

B/C—“Hear Our Praises”

Scripture Reading & Prayer

D—“Amazed”

D—“Amazing Love”

(Medley)

Special Music—Paula Almaguer

G—“Potter’s Hand”

D—“Holiness”

(Medley)

Message


Invitation

F—“Come Just As You Are”

Worship with Tithes & Offerings – Carolyn


Closing Song

B—“Hear Our Praises”

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This post is in conjunction with the
Sunday Set List Blog Carnival at FredMcKinnon.com, where many other worship leaders come together and share their churches Sunday worship experience. Check it out!

Blessings!

Wayne

Sunday Set List – 10/19/08


Daybreak Baptist Church
Program Notes & Instructions

10/19/2008 Sunday Morning
Welcome and Announcements

D—“New Doxology”
Greetings
D—“New Doxology”

-Medley-
D—“Crown Him With Many Crowns”
G—“Crown Him King Of Kings”

Scripture & Prayer

CHOIR

-Medley-
F—“Holy Spirit Rain Down”*
Bb/C—“Surely The Presence”*
F—“Holy Spirit Rain Down”*

Special Music-(LeAnn and Wayne) “Come To Me”—Vocals and Piano only

Message

Invitation
C—“Just As I Am”/C—“Surely The Presence”

Offertory

Closing Song
D—“New Doxology”
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This Set List is in conjunction with the Sunday Setlist Blog Carnival over at FredMcKinnon.com.

I was worried about this service when I woke up because I have been fighting a cold for a few days and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to sing. But the Lord gave me the victory! As it turns out, it was a tremendous worship time.

New Doxology, as Gateway Church revised it, is the way we do this song.  It is a fresh, and powerful re-making of the Doxology, and our church absolutely loves it!

Crown Him With Many Crowns/Crown Him King of Kings was awesome. I haven’t done either of these hymns in a LOOOOOOONG time!

On Holy Spirit Rain Down, we actually played a sample of rain all by itself in the quiet transition between songs. LeAnn chose her spot and started with “Holy Spirit… ” and then the praise team and I came in on “… rain down…” Band came in soft at the same time… everyone was soft, and the rain continued to pour softly. It was moving! I actually thought this might turn out cheesy, but it worked! VERY worshipful little medley!

And then LeAnn and I sang “Come To Me” by Kari Jobe. I could barely get through the song, as I was battling tears the entire time. Originally, Kari sang it alone. But I sang a soft, falsetto harmony behind her through most of it. It worked nicely. Very invitational song. I highly recommend this tune for your church.

In all, a very worshipful set yesterday. I was blessed by it and we had many compliments afterward.

I hope you all exprienced God in a mighty way this week. Be blessed!

Wayne

Worship Planning

There are three of us that plan the worship services at our church. We do it as a team, and the Lord has done some amazing things to put this team together. But lately, we are having the hardest time getting ouselves ahead enough in our planning to keep us out of the late-night, last-minute key changes, frantic emailings, and hustle and bustle to get ready for Wednesday night rehearsal. We really are thinking ahead all the time. But something is blocking our ability to get over that hump and find our time-management zone again. I’m praying for God to help us find or see those extra minutes in our day to take advantage of.

What is the process that you, my fellow worship leaders, go through to plan your services? Suggestions?

Gratefully His,

Wayne