Coffee for Dad

Kevin Riner:

Was reminded of this post I made four years ago and still rings true today. Now I’m a ball of mess… again!!!!

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Pansy alert: I was watching this video this morning and started crying cause I can only wait till Levi wants to crawl in bed with us and tell me he loves me, or he wants to make some coffee because I “need” it. Maybe God cries too with joy when we reciprocate that love to others like that of a child.

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Money by The Beatles

I found this in my voice memos and thought I would share it with you. I just hit record one day and this is what I played. Sometimes I amaze myself with my guitar playing. I’m not saying it’s flawless because there a couple of spots I wished I could take back. Nevertheless, I like it.

7.20.14 Worship Rewind

Worship Rewind 2013

  • Everlasting God – Lincoln Brewster
  • God Is Able – Hillsong
  • Came To My Rescue – Hillsong United

Real quick because my day is booked with loads of stuff. I thought church was amazing this morning. Worship was great. The message rocked. We had communion. I love my church!

We started off with Everlasting God. I played the guitar lick Lincoln plays and Tony sang it. I tried some background vocals but really could find the pocket to sing in.

After welcome, we played God Is Able. I enjoy leading this song. It’s fun and the message is powerful. Tony played the signature guitar lick for this song while I led it.

After the second song we took communion. I usually handle leading this and for the first time, I felt so comfortable leading our church in communion. I thought it was a powerful moment and very unified. One thing that I learned this morning is how to get out of my traditionalism. I grew up taking communion in the little small cups usually that fit in the communion plates that get passed around. Our church doesn’t utilize communion plates. We put it out on a table and everyone comes up  to get it.

When Kevin was pouring the grape juice in, I noticed he was using small like solo cups similar to cups used for drinking water in. I asked him why he wasn’t using the small communion cups and he said because they tend to tip over when they move the table out front. He then asked me if I wanted to use the small cups instead, I quickly realized this was not an issue. It was a “we’ve always done it that way” issue. So I told him no, continue on, that I need to get over myself and my traditionalism. ‘Nuff said, we had communion in small water cups. It was still awesome!

After communion, we sang Came To My Rescue. Great song. Awesome moment. Powerful. Impacting. I watched people crying being moved by the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Carlo did a great job sharing with us about Psalm 134. I love that Psalm and what he had to share with us.

Alright, I gotta go get some work done. Schoolwork, housework, brianwork.

7.13.14 Worship Rewind

Worship Rewind 2013

  • This Is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham
  • Cornerstone – Hillsong
  • Indescribable – Chris Tomlin
  • New Doxology – Gateway Worship

Church was so good today. I believe God showed up and spoke to us. He did me. I got to preach today and Tony led most of the worship with the exception of the first one. I really enjoyed getting to share the word and felt good about it unlike last time. I did have one person tell me after church she listened to the last message I gave and really enjoyed it so that makes me feel better about that one. Today’s was fun to preach and I got to use a camping lantern to drive my point home.

Big Idea of today’s message: If you can’t see where you are going, turn on the light! (Psalm 119:105-112)

Here’s Tony’s words on how worship went.

This is Amazing Grace- we introduced this song last month and I really do enjoy playing it.  Kevin plays the synthesizer part that’s on the original recording on his guitar and it sounds really good.

Cornerstone- we introduced this song last Sunday but this Sunday I lead it. I think this will become a regular song in our church.

Indescribable- when I was tuning this morning I broke a string. That threw me off playing this morning and the song went kind of roughly.

New Doxology- this is one of my favorite worship songs and I love it when I get the opportunity to lead it. I think this song had a great impact on the congregation.

Despite the minor mishaps, worship was great overall. The lesson I learned today is that, even though some things go wrong you can’t let that take away from the main focus.


It’s nothing these days to find crossover artists or musicians doing their personal favorite genre stylings of a cover song from another genre. This is a classic (and not bad if I may say) example of a pop tune turned bluegrass. I had never heard of Hayloft (forgive me) until Nickel Creeks version showed up in my YouTube feed.

Original version by Mother Mother. The music got me. I loved it… Until they started singing. It’s catchy but it takes a few listens to find the appreciation it deserves.

Here’s the quasi-bluegrass version from the newest album of one of my favorite bluegrass bands, Nickel Creek

Here’s Nickel Creek doing Hayloft live. Definitely more bluegrassy but like one of the commenters stated, “This is not your grandaddy’s bluegrass.”




Make War On Your Excuses

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7.6.14 Worship Rewind

Worship Rewind 2013

  • All We Need – Charlie Hall
  • Cornerstone – Hillsong
  • Mighty To Save – Hillsong
  • Nothing But the Blood – Hymn

Great day at GraceLife. This month I’m working with our backup Worship Leader to strengthen his craft and his skills at leading worship. He did great and I’m so proud of the musician and song leader he’s becoming. In this post I will give my thoughts then provide some of his thoughts at the end.

My thoughts

All We Need started a little rough. We lost tempo a couple of times but after we got moving it sounded fine. We both determined the dynamics of that song truly are missed without the full band.

Today is the first time we’ve used Cornerstone at GraceLife. I’ve led it for other events though. Tony keyed it down from “C” to “G” and it was a lot more comfortable at that range. I thought it went well too.

It was great to see everyone connecting during Mighty To Save. This song (I guess) is considered a classic now. Tony keyed this one down from “A” to “G” and he sang this one. During rehearsal I had to encourage him to make sure his voice was declaring what he was singing. During the verse it’s ok to sing softly about God’s compassion, mercy and forgiveness but make sure your voice is declaring during the chorus God’s strength to move mountains and save. There’s a lot that goes into worship leading most folks never think about.

Lastly, we tried something different with Nothing But the Blood. Tony sang it normal but I played up high on the neck of the guitar to give the song some flavor over top his chords. I thought it sounded great but looking out at the congregation it seemed that folks weren’t really connecting with the song.

Tony’s thoughts

All We Need – I thought this song was a little rough I lost the tempo a few times but it didn’t bomb.

Cornerstone – This is a song we’ve never led before at church and I think it went very well.

Might To Save – This song had a great impact on the congregation It always makes me glad when I see a great response in worship.

Nothing But the Blood – I feel like this song didn’t really connect this morning but it happens sometimes.

Overall, I think worship went fairly well and nobody had any major screw-ups.


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