Sunday Setlist - June 7
This week, Gospel Light Community Church celebrates its 27th anniversary. There will be a lot of changes in the coming year, so this was a very special celebration for us. It is the last time that Pastor Miller will be celebrating the church anniversary as its senior pastor, as the Millers leave next month to formally begin a church plant in the Bronx, NY.
Fitting, then that this week's list was assembled by Celia Miller:
Agnes Dei (Smith)(G)
Father, Spirit, Jesus (Cates/Hunt/Hall)(B)
Blessed Be Your Name (Redman/Redman)(C)
My Savior, My God (Shust/Greenwell)(E)
Oh Lord, You're Beautiful (Green)(D)
Lord I Lift Your Name on High (Founds)(G)
You Are Good (Houghton)(E)
I don't usually add the offering songs, but they flowed really well with the service. We did the Rick Founds classic with a Carribbean vibe to it, and then straight-up rocked out "You Are Good."
Being our church anniversary, it is fitting that we have some older tunes in the set. "O Lord, You're Beautiful" was a fairly new song when Gospel Light was planted in '82, and "Give Thanks" was already on it's way to being a classic. The rest of the songs all came to life during GLCC's time in Bridgeport, and have all, in their way, become part of the congregation. The set was a little short today due to the other events, but it still packed a punch!
If there was one word to describe the worship service today, it was "joyful." There just seemed to be great joy abounding in everyone. "Father, Spirit, Jesus" is a good song to get people up and out of their seats, and get their hands clapping, but "Blessed Be Your Name" took it to another level. As I looked out over the congregation during that song, just about every single person was up on their feet, jumping and clapping, and the aisles were full of people just dancing and worshipping.
We really switched up the voicing and feeling of "My Savior, My God" this time. Justin was using this cool woodwind-style patch on the keyboard to play the melody line, which sounded like a tenor-sax voice, and I was using a lot of chorus and a reverse delay which gave me a violin sound. It made for a really moody, mellow kind of sound. I switched from delay to OD in the chorus, which added a nice dynamic to the song.
Send Judah First also shared some song during the service with two songs. I drew bass duty on those, which included "Come Thou Almighty King."
We had a guest speaker on Sunday, Pastor Randolph Stanley from Light of the World Christian Fellowship in Maryland. LOtW is one of our sister churches. They came up with a group of about fifteen people, and shared some West African-style worship with is as well. They then joined us for an outdoor fellowship meal under beautiful clear skies.
Sunday was also our annual worship team family cookout, where the worship and sound team and their families get together for some fun and food. We had the cookout at my house, and I'm glad to say that just about everyone showed up. The festivities went late into the night, complete with s'mores over the fire.
How did your weekend service go? Check out Fred McKinnon's blog for more.