Sunday Rundown 3.1.09.

Today I led worship in the 3 services we do on Sundays. 9am, 11am, and 5pm. Actually I’ve only done 2 so far, because right now I’m about to take a nap and it is only 1:30pm. Usually all 3 are very different in style and feel, but today we made all three the same.

  • Jesus Paid it All (B)
  • Nothing But the Blood (C to E)
  • By His Wounds (G)
  • Beautiful the Blood (C)
  • Yes I Will (Bebo Norman, F#)
  • Amazing Grace (G)

I read Ephesians 1:7-8, Isaiah 53, and THIS responsive reading in between some of the songs.


  • Marshall- Mandolin, Violin
  • Sam- Harmonica
  • Ben- Acoustic guitar/vox
  • Myself- Acoustic guitar/vox
  • Rose- vox

This was definitely a different kind of morning for us. On the stage was a large table made to look like the painting of The Last Supper, and a large cross. That was it.

All of the band was off the side and on the floor. In fact, the band stayed in their spots the whole time, because we mixed in songs throughout the message and taking of Communion. I thought it added a level of continuity throughout the whole service that is sometimes hard to get.

My favorite moment was at the end with Amazing Grace. It was harmonica and then we added in violin and then ended just a-capella. It was killer.

For those of you that were there I’d be really curious as to what you thought.

For those of you who weren’t there I’m curious if you have ever taken the band off the stage and how it came off.

(Sunday Setlists)

  • windbag

    We did Nothing but the Blood this morning. Great song. Jesus Paid It All…my mom wrote the chorus to that just before she died. It was the last thing she communicated to us before she went to see our Savior. You can’t go wrong singing about the blood of Jesus.

    • Tyler

      Just clarifying for everyone else that “windbag’s” mom did not actually write the lyrics to Jesus Paid it All, he was referring to something else.

  • Dave Stewart

    As soon as I walked in today it was totally clear that we would focus on the Lord’s Supper. It was great having the table totally empty at the start and then filled with the elements of communion. To me it symbolized getting down to the most basic essentials, the kernel of our relationship with Christ. The acoustic band was a perfect accompaniment to this deconstructed stage set up. Nice

  • Yonas

    It was good ‘change’ from our usual set….

    But let me just say that the church needs to have a policy for those people who don’t turn off their phones (particularly the ones with crazy songs ringtones..)….are these people more important than president Obama, they can’t turn the phones for just ONE HOUR?? Or they love being called so much that they have to listen to those crazy ring tones and drive everybody else crazy in the process…..the church should fine them eight million dollars every time they don’t turn off the thing during the service….it disrupted an otherwise-more reflective service.

    Rant over 🙂

    btw…wake up Tyler…it’s 3:14…..time for the 5 o’clock service!! 🙂

    • Tyler

      I hear ya Yonas. And 99% of me wants to grab their phone and break it. But I know I need to offer grace.

  • Debbie Stewart

    I was in the NINE…came in after the opening but really liked the whole service—-but then, I am a big Jar’s of Clay fan..Loved the mandolin, harmonica, vocals (yeah for Rose and Tyler together in the band!) Loved the mix of singing and communion. Communion often feels like it gets “tacked on” to a service/message. Really liked it all being integrated together. Different but in a good way.
    Yonas—I hear your rant but I think that people just forget that their phones are on and don’t expect them to ring…I just smile when I hear it and say a little prayer of thanks that I remembered to turn mine off before I came in. We used to run a slide before the service that “reminded” people to turn their phones off, but if they come on late, they don’t see the reminder. And they don’t really pay attention to the “no food and drink’ message on the doors all the time too. I just chalk it all up to my needing to extend some grace again to folks—while they were yet sinners, Jesus died for them…

  • jim Drake

    sounds like you had a good day Tyler.. Did you get pictures of the table and stuff.. I’d really love to see it.

    I totally missed that Rose sang with you when I read this the first time in my reader.

    Take care– have a great week and keep the Seminary thoughts a coming.. I’m enjoying watching you grow as you learn.

    • Tyler

      Yes I was blessed to be able to sing with Rose. I love getting to do that. Doesn’t happen to often these days because I make her work too much. I mean…she gets to work a lot 🙂

  • Melinda

    For me, as a hearing impaired person, having it so very visual was a strength. I liked having the sanctuary darkened at the launch of the service. Set the mood very well. Appropriate for a service where we are called to have intimate conversations with God and time of repentance. Equally as apt was having the house lights slowly spill into brilliance at the end of the service. To me, that represented grace having happened and been accepted.

    Another perk, for me, was having the musicians so much closer (though it may not have felt that way, sitting on the other side). One reason is that it made it more likely I would catch some of the audio. The second was of musicians participating with (rather than separate from) the the other congregants. Very nice.

    The team is great about keeping it fresh. Thank you!

  • Tyler

    I love hearing the thoughts of all of you who were there. Thanks for sharing.

  • Yonas

    Extend grace….got it….I’ll just look at them and keep sighing next time….

  • Steffanie Oltmans

    Love “Jesus paid it all” great hymn! Haven’t heard “Yes I will” I’ll have to check that one out. Sounds like a cool set-up with the band off stage we’ve never tried that.

  • Kendall Massey

    Nice set list. You should post pictures up of your stage. I think many of us would like to see it.
    I love to see hymns creeping back into our sets. I’m a young worship leader, but I love hymns.
    We can’t let our past go…

  • Jon Morris

    I’d love to see the pictures of the stage.

    Sounds like a killer day. I love mixing worship, word, and communion. I have never really figured out why the traditional evangelical church made communion such a separate and rare thing. I love how often and fluid the Catholics take communion. and I’m not even Catholic : )

  • Elaine

    Seth and Ethan were sick, so we didn’t make it. I’m sorry we missed it. I would have taken pics!

  • David

    We are getting closer to taking the band off as we head towards two morning meetings. I’ve been discussing with our pastor going acoustic for one meeting, a bit more mellow, emphasis on the beauty of the voices we have, rather than the instruments, and it looks like it will happen, maybe mid year. I’m excited. We have a lot of great older generation musos/singers who could be part of this ministry who currently don’t ‘fit’ the rock band thing we have going on for our current services.

    I still want your mandolin player given what you’ve said about his ability. But I’m not trading him for our didg player, just to make that clear… 🙂

  • bjc70x7

    I had to laugh when I saw that first comment, since “Jesus Paid It All” was written in the middle of the 19th century!

    We have that painting you’re talking about in the narthex of one of my churches – right as you are about to walk into the sanctuary – it is the last thing you see. Love the idea of recreating that scene on the worship platform… I love the hymnody of the church too, so I have a real appreciation for the songs in your list this week.

    B.J. Collins