Monday, September 29, 2008
This is so true. We are not Choir Members, we are not a group singing together, we are Worship Pastors... what an honor upon us, from the hand of God. I am in awe with the trust that God has placed in me, and on us, to lead our congregation... not only in music, but in praise and WORSHIP. Wow. Great thing to get hit with on a Monday morning.
Here's some God Food for the brain:
As Worship Pastors, our goal is simple: reach the community with the love of God and encourage believers to grow in their faith through music; that's a no brainer! The thing that takes time, skill and determination is to grow a music ministry that meets the needs of a growing congregation.
The rest of the article is on Joe's page. Its an RSS Feed from PraiseCharts.com. Good stuff.
Bless you all this week with God's Peace and Love.
See you Wednesday!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
You see, for musicians, this is unusual. You get a bunch of musicians together, and there is usually someone trying to grab the spotlight, or prove that they are better than someone else. Often there is bickering as people get upset over how things are done. We just don't have that in our group. God has been very gracious to us in giving us the sweet community that we have.
Let's thank God for it, and let's preserve it. Let's ask Him to help us to recognize it when "self" starts to creep into something we are doing and weed it out. Let's pray that we are always able to keep the attention on Him. It's all about Him!
By the way. You sounded wonderful this morning. It was a sweet time in His presence.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Please pray that Casey will have a speedy recovery and be feeling better real soon!
Monday, September 22, 2008
God's Peace and Love to you all.
Dark hues for the tops. Tails in if possible.
NO WHITE, please. If you look at the video on line there were a couple that had light colors on, and they really wash out. Especially against the diamond vision thing they got working behind us.... so keep the hues darker: Purples, Reds, Blues, Greens....
Love and God's Peace to you all.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
The set list for Sunday is as follows:
- You Are the Lord
- Lord of Lords (Prince of Peace)
- I Could Sing of Your Love Forever
- Jesus Paid it All
Friday, September 19, 2008
Yes ... we had a great rehearsal. You are blowing my mind with the fast learning and hard work that you are doing. You sounded AWWWWESOME this week. The 8 part thing on You Are the Lord was incredible. And you nailed it so quickly!
What does God have in store for us? You know, I think our most amazing dreams could be reality in the not too distant future. Let's be in prayer asking God to shape our vision. We want to put all of our effort into going where he wants us to go.
I've only been surfing a few times, but the feeling I'm getting now is that feeling you get on a surfboard as you feel the wave building beneath you, right before you find yourself rocketing down the face of the wave. Get ready to rocket, folks!
So how do I want you to practice this week? Please, work on all the songs in your packet this week. Be sure you know them well. Next Wednesday we need to work on NEW music and won't have much time to go back to music we are singing next Sunday.
Invite a friend to rehearsal next week. Let's share the fun we are having!!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
If you are interested, or would like more information, notify Judy at: 864.787.0163, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: You do not have to be single to be a part of this Praise and Worship team.
In God's Peace and Love.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Let me just start by saying that Tammy and Lisa may seem fairly quiet during choir practice, but at the risk of blowing the lid off their low profile images... those girls are 'off the hook'. Plus they have that sister thing going for them. They can communicate volumes to each other with just a wink and a scratch. So there’s a lot more going on over there in the soprano section than most of us are aware of. To put it in slightly more spiritual terms.... you girls certainly have the "gift of hilarity". Despite the personal challenges you and your families are going through with Lisa’s kidney disease, ...as always, you are finding the humor in the situation. Thanks for lifting my spirits on Sunday. You know I’m a crier on a normal Sunday… and this was anything but a normal Sunday. I was kind of nervous about being on stage and really losing it this time. So again, thanks to you and our other partners in crime in the locker room (you know who you are), I really experienced the joy of the LORD.
Speaking of spiritual gifts, I've recognized that along with Joe and Steve's many other gifts and talents, they also both possess the rare "gift of the duck paddle". There were many technical and emotional challenges that accompanied our worship service this past Sunday, but while paddling like crazy underneath, you two guys were calm and peaceful above the surface. We are blessed to have your leadership.
Doug, you did a fantastic job with “Live Like You Were Dying” (Tim MrGraw eat your heart out). And Monica, girl… you amazed me. What an honor it was to lift God up in praise with you. You definitely inspired one of those occasions when the angels leaned over to watch and listen. Awesome… Awesome is our God!
If you are rushing straight to rehearsal from work, you can grab a sandwich right at the church before going into rehearsal.
For only $3.00 you get a sandwich, chips, and a soft drink. It's the best meal deal in town!!
From now on I plan to sit down at 5:30 and just chill with my choir buddies, nibbling on my sandwich and chips, until it's time for rehearsal to begin.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Of course, I've received many positive comments about your singing. That's nice ... but somehow, in light of the depth of the spiritual experience that we shared, what we did doesn't seem important. It is so overshadowed by the power of God's presence and the power of his truth.
It was an honor to share in this ministry with you today. Thank you for your service.
Friday, September 12, 2008
In the next few days, just keep singing with your CD, reviewing the parts where you personally need work. AND, let's be in prayer that God will take our best efforts and do something wonderful for his glory.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
God Bless Our Girl, her new addition to the Jackson family, the doctors who delivered him, and all of you for praying.
In God's Peace and Love.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Our God is an awesome God, and all things happen on His reason and His time.
His Love and Peace to you all.
Love and God's Peace To You All.
(please pass this on to any who might not read the blog)
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
The message is subdued, and in case you haven't read the blog, the Big Number: Live Like You Were Dying - has special circumstance this Sunday.
That being said,
Here's what to wear....
Absolutely nothing white (messes with the cameras)
Dark Color Tops - Dark Greens, Navy, Deep Red, Maroon, Burgundy, Purple. Try to avoid Blacks, Browns and other Earthy tones for the tops. We want color, but with serious hue.
If you would like, tails can be out if they are squared. If not, tuck em in (would be preferable).
Any questions let me know at email@example.com!
Love and God's Peace with you all.
Childcare will be available Thursday evening, but parents will need to schedule childcare 48-hours in advance. You can do this by going to the Brookwood Website and clicking on “Resources” and then “Childcare”. You will submit a request via the web. You will then print the form and take it to the bookstore to purchase the “childcare ticket”. If you have any questions call Craig Thompson at 688-8320.
By the way, members of the Praise Choir contribute to a fund to pay for childcare for choir members. If you would benefit from this assistance, just see Kim Carter or Chris Lindsey for the childcare vouchers.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Here's why he wants to do it. A woman in our church is actually living the last months of her life, having been given by the doctors until Christmas to live. She is actually "living the dash". She plays violin, and Perry wants her to play with us on the song, after he shares the woman's story with the congregation.
I have to say, my answer to Perry can be given in only three words. YES, YES, YES!!! It will be an amazing moment for all of us.
If you have a conflict that will prevent you from staying through the third service, please let me know. I will understand and will support you.
Sunday, September 07, 2008
1. Rehearsal this week will be on Thursday evening rather than Wednesday. For those of you that are new, I hope we've told you this before. Since we rehearse with the band on the weeks of our Praise Dates, we have to meet on Thursday night. We will will rehearse together from 6 to 7 PM together. Then we'll go on the blacktop for the technical rehearsal with the band from 7 to 8 PM.
2. Since Brookwood U needs so much space on Thursday evenings, we are giving up our normal rehearsal space and will meet in the HALLWAY near the Green Room. I actually think that it will be a good rehearsal space. If you don't know where the Green Room is, just head to the chapel and look for the signs pointing you to us. If you have any questions, call me at 787-5425.
Sunday is going to be great!! Let's bathe it in prayer this week.
Friday, September 05, 2008
I just wanted to post a follow up to Joe's post about the new prayer request section on Praise Choir People (PCP). I really appreciate the effort that Joe has put into creating this online social network for us. Some of the PCP site just shadows what you see here on the blog, but there is a lot more. Joe had asked me to give some thought and prayer to how we can build closer choir family bonds. I think the PCP site is a great place to start.
I'd like to encourage each of you to create a page (if you haven't already) where you can post the information you'd like to share with us. Pictures are also great! And I'd like to offer myself as the "go to guy" for technical assistance. If I don't know the answer to your question, I'll find out or we'll figure it out together. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give my phone numbers out at the next practice.
As our choir family grows, the PCP site can be a great place for the new members to quickly get to know us as individuals and for us all to get to know each other better. Another benefit... I won't be embarrassed to ask you for the 4th time what your children's names are. (Has anyone seen my missing brain cells?) So get busy, people...we want to know all about you.
I love y'all,
PS. Please feel free to also share your ideas for strengthening our choir family ties.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Please pass along to the choir my apologies for not being all I should have been for them last night. I love them, and that song, and both deserve better. I thought I knew it better. It was one of those time where you think you've got it but "live " it just isn't there...kinda like Clemson last week....
Also I'd like for them to know I'm spread thin right now. I signed up for Varsity last spring to help on Wed. and of course that's the same night as choir. We need one more night per week. Anyway that's where I had to rush off to last night.
I love this group and feel so much from them! I'm disappointed everytime the choir sings without me. I don't know what it is except the Holy Spirit in that group but I'm filled with joy and energy everytime I'm around them.
Thanks Joe for passing this along and Love, Love, Love to my choir family!!!
Please, remember to practice singing in front of a mirror this week. It's important that we begin to get a sense for how we come across visually as we lead worship. Thanks!
Next week we'll have our technical rehearsal on Thursday. So we'll meet in the Chapel at 6 and then head to the blacktop at 7.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
PRAISE CHOIR NETWORK
Tell your friend that he or she is not JOINING the choir by coming. They are just checking us out and seeing what we are all about. God can tell them whether or not he wants them to join with us in our ministry.
See you tomorrow at 6PM.