Men’s Conference Setlist

September 14, 2011

Here are the setlists from last weekend’s “All-In” Men’s Conference at Compass Bible Church.

Friday Night

Awesome is the Lord Most High (Passion– G)
Our God (Passion – G)
Lead On Oh King Eternal – (Enfield – D)
From the Inside Out – (Hillsong United – A)
Hallelujah to My King (Baloche – E)

Saturday Morning 1

Holy is the Lord – (Passion – G)
Chosen Generation (Passion – G)
O Church Arise (Getty – D)
Take My Life (Passion – C)
Lead On O King Eternal

Saturday Morning 2

All the Earth – (Brewster – E)
O Worship the King (Passion – E)
Give us Clean Hands – E
Maranatha – (E) (This is an original song. Hopefully we will have a recording soon.)

“Lead On Oh King Eternal” was a new song for our group and in a way our “theme song” for the weekend. The Bible clearly calls men to be leaders, but we cannot effectively carry out this God-given task unless we are following his lead. The song beautifully employs military language to remind the singer that the Christian life is a battle and requires courage and trust in the Lord. I am excited to do this song again and prayerful that the lyrics of this old hymn (excellently redone by Enfield!) describe the people in our church.

(For the weekend service, we played the following songs from the conference: “Awesome is the Lord Most High”, “Holy is the Lord”, “O Church Arise”, “Lead On Oh King Eternal”, and “O Worship the King”.)

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Compass Bible Church is a happening place. We keep a pretty full ministry schedule all throughout the year. The closest thing we get to a lull around here is mid-to-late August. And yes, if you just looked at your calendar you realized those days are over.

Last week I was busy preparing for the fall kick-off of ministries at CBC. It felt like the days were flying by. Even on days when I had time it still seemed like there were too many things I needed/wanted to do. In short, the constraints of time felt like a pretty hefty ball-and-chain last week.

All this busyness made me thankful that I serve a God that is not finite like me. I am limited by a lifespan, but God is eternal. The more and more I thought about this, the more I realized that these were crucial truths for us to be singing as a church. Therefore, this was our weekend set (the letter in parentheses at the end of each song is the key in which we sang the song):

Everlasting God” by Brenton Brown/Ken Riley (A)
Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt and Beth Redman (A)
10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman/Jonas Myrin (E)
–Announcements/Offering–
Rock of Ages” by Augustus M. Toplady/Thomas Hastings (somewhat like the Chris Rice arrangement) (G)
Your Love Oh Lord” by Brad Avery/David Carr/Mac Powell/Mark Lee/Tai Anderson (G)

Our closing song was more tied to the sermon than the rest of the set. We did a simple version of “Blessed Assurance” by Fanny Crosby.

I started the service with Psalm 90:1-2, and I’ll end this blog with them as well:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Shock and awe. It seems to be a popular strategy for starting wars (see “Gulf War II”) or getting dates (see “Hitch”) but not so much for the Christian’s pursuit of personal holiness. Rather than to be shocked by the sinfulness of sin and in awe of the purity of Christ, many Christians opt for complacency and comfort.

Ezra did not buy this lax approach. He stuck with shock and awe. Check out his response to the sin of the people of Israel: “As soon as I heard this, I tore my garment and my cloak and pulled hair from my head and beard and sat appalled.” (Ezra 9:4) He goes on to pray, “O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift my face to you, my God, for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens.” (Ezra 9:6)

In addition to his clear grasp of the seriousness of Israel’s iniquity, Ezra goes so far as to include himself in the situation with the first person pronouns. American evangelicals are often quick to be shocked when some state approves same-sex marriage or when Lady Gaga releases a new single yet so slow to be disgusted by the sin in their own lives.

We should be appalled by sin – it is rebellion against the King of the Universe. We should be amazed at the cost required for our redemption – the precious blood of Christ. In fact, these emotions should build up a hunger for holiness. We should thirst for righteousness. This weekend at Compass Bible Church, we sang a couple songs that expressed these desires.

“Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like you have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks yours
Everything I am for your kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity”
-“Hosanna” by Brooke Fraser

“Give us clean hands
Give us pure hearts
Let us not lift our souls to another”
-“Give Us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall

Let’s be shocked over our sin. Let’s be in awe of both God’s justice and love. And let’s long for holiness.

Worship Resources

September 15, 2008

Last week, my life was dominated by Ball Tag (the game formerly known as Gotcha) here at The Master’s College, so I fell behind in my blogging. Hopefully, life will make a move back toward normality this week.

One thing I have been enjoying over the past few weeks is the internet and the worship resources it provides. From music to videos to chord sheets to blogs and articles, the world wide web is a great tool for anyone who leads worship. Here are a few things I found particularly interesting recently:

-Phil Wickham put a free, live worship album on his website. It’s very simple–just him, his acoustic, and the congregation–but the melodies and the sound are great. And did I mention that it’s FREE? Worship leader or not, check it out at Phil Wickham’s website.

-John Piper wrote a good article on “The Importance of Corporate Singing.” He describes his church’s process of deciding how to lead singing and what instruments to use and how they decided that the most important thing was to hear the people sing. A good reminder to a worship leader.

-One cool thing I got to do in Uganda was attend one night at a Passion Conference and see Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, and Louie Giglio. Redman played one song that I really liked, but had never heard before and could not find anywhere when I got back. Finally I ran into a blog about the song that had a link to the a YouTube video of it. Check it out. It’s called “You Alone Can Rescue.”