I’ve been following a few different worship leaders who are a part of a group that post their notes from their past Sunday’s worship services. It’s been a great help to me to see what others out there are doing and I decided it was time to jump in on the action, so watch for regular reviews of the Sundays at Journey, and follow the link below back to the others who contribute their set lists and check out what they’re doing!
Sunday, January 11 at Journey
Series: Real Life – Real Stories
In this series, we’re getting to know a few people around Journey and getting to know their story of how God has worked in their lives. This was the second week of the series.
Title: “Because Someone Cared“
We got to know Gena, a senior at Calvin Christian High School. She had a rough childhood with a mother who made poor choices, an abusive step-father, exposure to drugs and crummy living situations… all before the age of 9. When she was 9, she moved in with her aunt and uncle and has since been given a new outlook on life and shared how God has placed people in her life who cared enough to help and the difference it has made.
[Side note: While we’re only 2 weeks into the series, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorites so far. I’ve heard from a lot of people that they really like the raw reality of this series and how much it’s opening their eyes to the stories of the people around them – very cool!]
This week, Matt (our drummer) was gone, so we moved Greg (one of our guitarists) to the djembe. It was a great change from the usual sound we have each week. The run-through in the morning seemed a little empty at first, but the team kicked up the energy and it was an awesome week with some powerful worship.
Salvation is Here, Joel Houston (Hillsongs)
- Kicked off with this one. We haven’t done this song a lot, which is strange because it’s a good song with lots of energy.
Holy Moment, Matt Redman
- An oldie but a goodie. Actually, it’s not all that old – 2000 – but I’ve been doing this song since it came out, so it seems like it. We added an instrumental break after the second chorus and used it as a prayer time. We came out of the prayer time into the bridge (the “let this be a holy moment now…” part) and doubled the bridge, singing the line 8 times. Ordinarily, I’d think 8 times singing one line would be too much, but we built it enough to really create some tension and then launched into the chorus with just vocals and drums through the first half. Really powerful.
Hallelujah, Brenton Brown
- Another one that’s been around for a while but it’s still a great song. We pulled the tempo back a bit and gave it a real deep groove. It made for a nice contrast from the previous songs and set the mood for the message.
Majesty, Martin Smith (Delirious?)
- After the message, we did Majesty. Initially, I struggled a bit over what song to place after the message, but kept Majesty. It ended up fitting perfectly with what Pastor Bob shared and Gena’s story. This song was probably the highlight of the service – at least for me.
Let the Praises Ring, Lincoln Brewster
- This one was really fun, even without the full drum kit. German, our guitarist, has a really great touch when it comes to, well, anything, but he really did a great job on this song. And it was nothing special, just a light rhythm that picked out a bit of the melody but stayed out of the way of the song. Just goes to show that, more often than not, simple beats flashy.
I also have to give a nod to Josh Rubino, our worship leader this week, who did an excellent job. It takes skill to speak from the heart and lead in worship in a way that doesn’t distract or shift the focus from God to the speaker, and he did a great job.
All-in-all, a great week at Journey!
Were you there? I’d love to hear your comments!