10.14.12 Worship Rewind


Crazy day! Our church was blessed with a drum shield last week. When I put it up, it caused the slack in my monitor cord to be short because it runs over it. I needed a 1/4 female to 1/8 male to lengthen it and found one that simply fell apart in my hands a minute before rehearsal this morning. There was not another in the church nor did I have one at home. My mind began to race in search of one at 8:15 this morning and decided to run a powered monitor from the monitor unit. I have been so used to my in-ears that I had an awful time hearing with a monitor that needed some serious EQing.

We started off with Everlasting God. In the first service it was slow and felt like it was dragging so we had to make a correction for the second service. (No we don’t play with a click track, I know that surprises most worship leaders these days). I also speculate because my mind was racing as much as I prayed and tried to calm it down, I just couldn’t get settled and even though I have the lyrics in front of me, I kept mixing up “defender’ and “deliverer” in the song. I think it was a mind trick Brenton Brown played on all worship leaders when he wrote the song. Two “d” words that sound a lot alike.

I really like the song Let The Worshipers Arise. I also think I’m the only one that likes it. We’ve been playing it a while and it really feels like it hasn’t caught on. It has a great message and I used it for a point today but looking out I really think it’s not resonating with most folks. I’m trying not to make today a barometer reading because we had so many new folks at church today.

In the first service, we had a very bad transition from the Let The Worshipers Arise to What A Savior and I thought I had forgotten if there was a transition. We didn’t get to rehearse it because I was gone looking for a connection piece till twenty minutes before church. So the transition sounded horrible. Basically put, there was no transition. So we corrected in the second service and I had Heather on piano start the song because I was busy removing my capo.

Today was the first time we did 10,000 Reasons and we still need work. I mean it sounded good but the dynamics still need to be tightened up. When we listened to this song, there are various version even by Matt Redman so finding the one we want to use is proving a little difficult. I did notice so many people singing and worshiping to this song. Kudos to Heather for leading us on the piano. Sometimes I intentionally quit on guitar and maker her lead us. (I hope she doesn’t kill me for that, Lol)

We had a visitor Dr. Dale Brown and the EQ on his mic was wearing me out too. I spent the whole first service working on that. Finally was able to nail that down. Somethings you have to do on the fly. Sometimes there is no sound check. So it was the case today.

We all had our miscues and messups. Thankfully we serve a God who is more concerned about our worship than our performances. At the end of the day I will sleep with that in my heart. But the next morning, I will wake up with the question, How can I do it better next time. Because Sunday is coming!

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Associate Pastor of GraceLife Church, author of Faith Debugged, musician and baseball enthusiast

2 Responses to 10.14.12 Worship Rewind

  1. Marcus says:

    Loving 10,000 Reasons because there are so many ways to approach it. Our guest leader this week changed it up which confused some at first but then it also became fresh because of that once we were together.

  2. Kevin Riner says:

    Thanks Marcus. I think we’re gonna play with it and make it our own.

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