633254164266474097Little different day for us – senior pastor was out so family pastor filled in. Also did not have mid-week rehearsal, which made for a nice break.

Had our normal setup but went with mandolin for all the songs instead of electric guitar. Hear me, worship leaders…mandolin is an excellent replacement for electric guitar. The high tones cut through nicely, plus it makes room for more groove and subtlety from your other instruments. We’re blessed to have an amazing mandolin player in our church.

Kristen was supposed to sing with me but our kids were sick so it was just Todd singing this set.

Call To Worship
We beseech thee, Almighty God, to look upon the hearty desires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right hand of thy Majesty, to be our defense against all our enemies; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Haven’t done this Michael Neale song in awhile, but it all came back to us. This tune has such a unique riff throughout the bridge. Since we often remind our people that we’re singing to God but also to each other, this was a great tune to open.

We followed with another older tune, so I mentioned that “old Bethel” would know the next song and “new Bethel” would catch on quick!

We’ve loved this Don Poythress tune since we first heard it. When I first came to Bethel, we played it a ton, but it’s been awhile. The band did great on it. Mandolin stayed simple and carried the guitar part that plays throughout all the turnarounds. Our percussionist did great work, using a soft shaker in one hand and a tambourine in the other. Gave the verse a nice subdivision of the beat.

Senior Pastor was out so our Family Pastor preached. In the welcome, he suggested everybody go buy my new record. (What’s that? You haven’t bought it yet? Why, go on over and grab a copy, won’t you?)

I was worried this one might “rock” too much, so I asked the band to focus more on groove than power. Piano, mandolin and B3. They did a good job. The bridge/breakdown is so good the piano player and B3 guy nailed it. This song is so good – you have to sing it in your church!

Family Pastor was back up for communion. Normally our communion is pretty lengthy, but he did such a good job of clearly explaining it that it seemed much smoother this go ’round.

Maybe one of Redman’s underrated songs. We do this one is all sorts of contexts, but it really worked great for communion. Don’t know that we’ve every done it for communion, but it was nice. I opted to make it slow burn instead of jumping right into it.


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