Friday, November 28, 2008

Prayer Request

Please pray for Kandy and Dennis Kovacs. Dennis' mother passed away this week. Dennis and Kandy had moved her to Greenville recently so they could better care for her.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Praise Team Christmas Event!

This is a reminder of the Family Worship Christmas Party on December 7th from 6-8pm at the South Campus. If you have not sent in your RSVP please do so by Monday, Dec.1. (this coming Monday) We will order food based on RSVP’s received!
We look forward to seeing everyone! (Kelly Quin - Event Coordinator)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Greetings

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I hope that you'll be able to spend time with the people that you love and maybe even relax a little tomorrow.

When I count my blessings on Thanksgiving Day, you will be one of them!

REMINDER: No rehearsal this week. See you December 3.

- Joe

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Just wanted to leave you all a note and tell you how thankful I am to call each one of you a blessed part of my family.

Love to you all.
God's Peace Cover You This Holiday Season.
Traveling Mercies For You As You Travel.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Morning

It was special again today. As a musical group, you have become so capable that singing on Sunday mornings is no longer a real technical thing. It's all about connecting with God in worship. That happened for us again this morning. We were able to simply lift our voices in praise and watch God move us into his presence. Thank you for having such pure hearts for God. It is a blessing to serve with you.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Where Is Joe?

If you are wondering why you haven't heard or seen much from me in the last couple of weeks, it's because of my "California Projects". As you remember from my two previous projects with this client, they are very intense and time consuming. Right now, I have THREE projects going with these guys.

Please, know that I love you and would rather be with you. Until these projects are wrapped up around January 1, I'm depending on our fabulous leadership team to make you feel loved and provide the leadership that is needed to help us all keep "Gettin Our Praise On."

See you at rehearsal tonight!


Friday, November 14, 2008

Holiday What to Wear

For our holiday performances we are going to go with a little more formal look than normal. Call it Basic Black.

Guys: Please plan to wear black pants (casual to dressy - not denim) and black v-neck cotton sweaters. We are asking for cotton because under the lights, black shades can vary greatly with fabric to fabric. Please, select a v-neck that is shallow rather than a deep. Hopefully you can find a v-neck that is shallow enough that you do not have to wear a t-shirt under it. If you do need a t-shirt under it, please make it black also. I bought my black cotton sweater at Marshall's last week for $19.95.

Ladies: Please, wear a black cotton dress, or black pants and black cotton top. You may go with a v-neck sweater or a blouse. Whatever makes you look your best. Again, we're going with cotton so our color looks uniform under the lights. Please, be avoid anything with alternate colored accents, for example, white trim.

Everyone: Please avoid the bling. Since we are wearing black, accessories that catch and reflect the light will be distracting. I can envision some accessories that might really fit into the theme and enhance your look without being distracting; but, please, work to protect the overall image and uniformity of appearance that we will be trying to project.

I know that these are difficult financial times. If purchasing what you need for this will put a financial hardship on you, please call me or email me and let me know. There are others in our group who can and want to help. We are a family. Families try to take care of each other.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Prayer For A Friend

Please keep Chris Moon's friend in your prayers. Just one more example of 30 Days....

Barry (Smiley) Howell and Chris have been friends since High School. A year ago, he was diagnosed with cancer and his treatments have not worked. His doctors examined him a few days ago, and gave him only weeks to live. He has decided to fly to Korea for some radical new treatment as a last ditch effort. He has a wife and three sons.

Our prayer - We know our God has the power to heal, and to perform miracles. We are not asking for miracles, Dear Lord, but that you see your way to cast Healing Mercy over Barry. And if that is not in your plan, Father, please make his passing into your realm, swift and painless with grace and comfort over him, and his family.

God's Love and Peace To You All.

Prayer Request for Steve Keeter

Please remember Steve Keeter and his family. I spoke with Keeter just a few minutes and asked about his Mom and he said that she had passed away on October 30th. He said that with all of his family in town (at their home) and it being on a weekend, he didn’t have the chance to let folks know. He and Barbara (his wife) are now having to handle all the details regarding Mrs. Keeter’s estate.

Please join me in lifting up Steve, his brother and their families during this difficult time.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Note from Tammy about Brett Manning

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that Brett Manning will be doing vocal training at our church (South Campus) next Friday night, November 14th at 7:00 PM. All persons actively involved in the Worship Ministry will be given a free ticket. Others can purchase tickets for $10 at the bookstore.

Please contact me to received your free ticket for this event. If you would like to pick up your ticket on Sunday, let me know and I can leave it at the receptionist desk for you to pick up. You MUST let me know before 5:30 PM today if you want to do this. I will be out of the office and out of town Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I will be back in the office Monday morning and tickets can be picked up then.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Tammy K. Tester

Administrative Assistant
Brookwood Church - Worship Department
580 Brookwood Point Place
Simpsonville, SC 29681
Phone: 864-688-8391

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

I found this article by John Tellman to be interesting and wanted to share it with you.

The First Recorded Worship Set
By John Telman
Published October 30, 2008
Worship Studies In Exodus
You can visit John on his personal website at:

View all articles by John Telman

Exodus 15:1-21 is an interesting study on a congregational worship event. At first glance, one could say, "Wait, verse one calls this a song which Moses and the Israelites sang together". True. However, there is plenty of historical evidence that "songs" or "psalms" in Old Testament times were responsorial in nature. (For more on this, see my article @ That means that a leader would sing one section and then the congregation would respond with another section and the pattern went back and forth. So, it is reasonable to believe that this was the case in Exodus 15. That could account for the changes in direction - horizontal and vertical - in what appears to be one song.

Reading the content carefully, the event actually began with the "Call to Worship" section found in verse 21. Then, the remaining expressions come from verses 1-18. If we break the thoughts down into separate "songs", we discover a very logical and effective song set.

Song #1 (again) was Miriam's Call to Worship, horizontal in nature. (verse 21)

Song #2 was a testimony song, horizontal in nature. (verse 1-2)

Song #3 was a declaration song about who God is and what he has done, also horizontal in nature. (verses 3-5)

Song #4 was a worship song directed to God about what he has done, vertical in nature. Some would call it "praise" because it is about God's actions rather than his character per se (verses 6-10)

Song #5 was also a worship song directed to God about who he is, vertical in nature. (verses 11-12)

Song #6 was a proclamation song, vertical in nature. The tone is prophetic and "preaches". One could hear an option for a sermon at this point. (verses 13-17).

Song #7 was a closing song, horizontal in nature (verse 18). This is a logical choice. A horizontal song has more of that "processional", "let's get ready to go back into the world" tone. The focus on the character of God makes it declarative in nature.

Let me close with two additional comments about the worship event of Exodus 15.

1) There is a clear thematic focus throughout.
2) God was the subject and object of most of the content, with only three (3) "I will" phrases.

I hope this has sparked some re-assessing of the way we might be accustomed to organizing a worship set. And beyond this focused study, I find myself uplifted as I also contemplate the wonders of the God of Israel, the God who had "become their salvation". (Exodus 15:2)

More Pictures

In Preparation for XV.

Celebrate XV Pictures

Oh, of course there will be those standard stage pics, and crowd pictures, but I prefer to shoot candids. What really goes on in preparation for a Praise Set. Enjoy.

Service Opportunity - Stage Manager

Our production team at Brookwood is looking for a few volunteers to work as STAGE MANAGER on Sunday mornings. This person would work to help things run smoothly onstage, communicating with musicians backstage, and doing things like moving mic stands during the prayer, or moving props, etc. It sounds like a lot of fun.

The production folks thought about asking choir members because we already know and are comfortable with the backstage environment. Of course, you would only work the stage manager role on Sundays that the choir is not singing.

It sounds like a lot of fun. If you are interested, you can contact Becky Lane at the church. Or you can let me know, and I'll give Becky your name.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

12 Seconds

Here's a brief video clip taken from Josh Martin's cell phone today. It's posted on ... so it's only 12 seconds long. The sound sucks, it's real grainy, but you get to see the service from inside the crowd. It's fun ...


Thank you for your sacrifice of Praise this morning ... or maybe I should say for the whole weekend. Today was incredible, wasn't it? It was one of the highlights of my life to do what we did together today. You were just incredible. How you were able to sing that long with all the energy that you did ... I don't know how you did it. I suppose that it was by the strength that God gave us. And I'm guessing that you took a nap this afternoon. I did!

I'm looking forward to Wednesday. We start on CHRISTMAS music. Wow!! We have a lot of music to learn for the holidays, plus learn the music for Nov. 23.

This is fun, isn't it!!!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Celebration XV Weekend

Remember that we rehearse tonight at 5:30 at Heritage Park. We need to be ready to sing at that time. Please, arrive early enough to park and walk to the stage. It's a bit of a walk.

This is going to be FUN!!