I had the opportunity to lead yesterday morning at Nicholasville United Methodist Church. This is where Meredith and I attend normally, and it is a great place full of friends and a caring community. Our service this week was part of a series on apologetics, and yesterdays service was focused on prayer and when our prayers aren't answered.
Because of this, I wanted to sing songs that dealt with suffering, but specifically how our God is faithful throughout our life. This meant dealing with a variety of emotions, and I also wanted to make sure that we sang about how God as Father, Son and Spirit interacts with us. Part of this intention is understanding faithful acts specific to both the Triune nature and the overall character of God.
Blessed Be Your Name
In Christ Alone
Your Grace is Enough (Maher version)
Wonderful Merciful Savior
I think that it went well. I always try to make sure that a good overall picture of who God is will be presented in the musical section of worship. This means trying to use specific Triune language and not emphasizing one attribute of God to much. I also try to make sure that we sing about a specific picture of Old Testament and New Testament. With that in mind, it sometimes knocks out some songs...and you always have to design around needs of the congregation, but I think this did a good job of that. I wish that I could have dealt with Pentecost a little more, but that might have been cramming a bit to much in. It is always great contributing to Sunday Setlists.