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Worship Gathering March 22, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized on March 23, 2009 by anthonymccormick

The Set:

  • Happy Day (Hughes)
  • Sing, Sing, Sing (Tomlin)
  • I Am Free (Desperation)
  • You Are Here (The Same Power) (Hillsong London)
  • Majesty (Martin Smith)

The Band:

  • Kinsby (Drums)
  • Daniel (Bass)
  • Pierre (E.Guitar 1)
  • Jr. (E.Guitar 2)
  • Jeremy (Keys/Synth)
  • Anthony (Ac. Guitar)

The Front Line:

  • Anthony (W.L.)
  • Evelyn (Sop)
  • Gail (Sop)
  • Yanique (Alto)
  • Myrtha (Alto)
  • Luis (Tenor)

We had a good day. We began our missions week today. Yeah, that means a busy week so I’m keeping it short today. Enjoy.

This post is part of the worship discussion which can be found HERE.

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Worship Set for Sunday January 25th, 2009

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2009 by anthonymccormick

Craig was at the helm of the worship set again today. We had a rough sound check this morning but I think things panned out. Craig is officially the king of breaking guitar strings. He snapped the D during the 2nd service and then the infamous G during the third service. No problem though. The set went off well. Here’s the list

  • Blessed Be Your Name (Redman)
  • Take All The Glory (Abundant Life Church/England)
  • Mighty To Save (Hillsong)
  • A Medley of Our God Reigns (Delirious), Awesome God (Rich Mullins), Came To My Rescue (Hillsong United)

This post is part of the worship set discussion that can be found HERE.

Sunday Set List 12.14.08

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 15, 2008 by anthonymccormick

It was a good weekend. We had our Music/Media Dept. Christmas party Saturday night so some were a little late for their call time but none too bad. The party was a lot of fun. Nikki (my lovely wife) did a great job planning it. The people all came together and got tickets for Nikki and I to go see Chris Tomlin and Isreal Houghton just over the river into NJ in January. That was a GREAT surprise.

Our list this weekend wasn’t incredibly difficult but I thought the songs came together really well. We had 5 songs rehearsed but just couldn’t get to the 5th one within the time we had for worship. That’s what having 3 services back to back will get you though. Oh well. Here’s the list:

  • Always (Generation Unleashed) – We added this song to the rotation last week and it’s a keeper. Very nice opener. Kinsby Jr. did really well with that Electric Guitar Wailing 🙂
  • My Savior Lives (New Life) – Been in the rotation for a while but a great song to jump in to from a fast song. We ended “Always” on a 4 and the drums went straight into the rhythm for “My Savior Lives”. Nice transition . Pierre (lead guitar) just had to sync with the drums and then it was off to the races.
  • Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin) – The song has really grown on me. I can say, I Love It and think our congregation does too. Lyrically and melodically it’s a simple song with a great message.
  • Overcome (Desperation Band) – Vamped on a 1 from “Jesus Messiah”, drummer clicked “Overcome” and Kinsby Jr. (electric guitar) went into the intro. Time wise, this song can go on forever. This song is the reason we never got to the last song on the list but that’s ok, this song needs time to let it develop. Another great song with a great message that really challenges us to celebrate the testimony that God has given us and to not look at our past failures a blemishes on our lives but something that Christ has washed away with His blood and turned it around to work for good. Awesome song.

Great set list this week. Next week…Christmas songs. AAAHHHHHH!!!!!

This post is part of a Set List Discussion that can be found HERE.

Sunday Set List Recap 12.07.08

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2008 by anthonymccormick

This post is a part of the set list discussion that can be found HERE.

December is always a tricky month when it comes to the songs we sing in our worship experiences. Many people want to sing Christmas songs when December rolls around. The problem is that, if you’re not planning any kind of Christmas production, you still have to dedicate some amount of rehearsal time Christmas songs. Many of them are not just easy 1, 4, 5, 6- songs that can be done on the fly (unless you are going it solo). As great as it is to have those songs during Christmas I just don’t see the benefit of spending a lot of time on songs you are only going to sing once, maybe twice. Sorry, I’m just venting a little bit.

For the past couple of years we have arranged some classic Christmas songs to fit our needs. Luckily we have the charts from those years and can pull those out and refresh ourselves and bring the new people on the team along with us. This year. We are not planning any big Christmas production for a couple of reasons. So, we will be dedicating the service on December 21st to Christmas songs, pulling from the arrangements we have done in the past.

Now that that is out of the way, here is our recap.

  • Always (Scott, Jeremy) – This is the first time we’ve done this song. My take on it: pretty good for a first. The lyrics are a good opener with a declaration that, “I will live for You, always”. For our third service, I didn’t realize one of our electric players was not in place and started the service without him. Ironically, he plays the main part of the intro for this song. It was only after the drums clicked in and the part wasn’t there that I realized he wasn’t in place. Kind of funny to see him running up the side aisle. That made me laugh.
  • Counting On God (Anderson, Jared) – we did a straight transition into this song with the guitar lead part and drums. Good transition.
  • Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:25-29 – This passage was really on my mind last week and I felt like it tied into our set list really well so I shared it with the congregation.
  • Here In Your Presence (Egan, Jon) – Love this song. We did it for a while and then put it on the shelf for a few months. It’s great to have it back.
  • Fire (James, Jonathan) – 2nd time we’ve done this one. It starts kinda reverently and then builds. The progression for the bridge seemed a little off, I think what I was playing on the acoustic didn’t quite mix with the electrics. Oh well, we’ll fix that for next time.
  • You Saw Me (Fieldes, Mia | Fielding, Ben | Morgan, Reuben) – We led this song as the elements for communion were being distributed. Good song for communion. It was kinda rusty, as we haven’t played it in a while.

That’s it. A good week. Coming up on Christmas in a couple of weeks. Get out those red and green reindeer sweaters.

The Holidays

Posted in Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 19, 2008 by anthonymccormick

My parents are going to be in town for Thanksgiving this year. Nikki and I are in the situation that many people in this country are in. We live away from both of our families. We’re away, meaning, too far to just get in the car and drive home for a holiday. The definition of “away” here in NYC is Staten Island or New Jersey. Away, where we come from, is a couple hundred miles or more. Of course, there are many benefits to living away from family during the year but on the various holidays throughout the year when many people just take it for granted that they spend time with extended family Nikki and I are not as fortunate.

This holiday season will be different. I actually prefer Thanksgiving over Christmas. No, not because I think food is more important than celebrating the birth of Jesus, which actually occurred closer to late September rather than late December. I prefer Thanksgiving because there’s a focus on being thankful for what we already have and not stressing about what ELSE we can get. My parents will be here for Thanksgiving and we are heading to the great white north (Wisconsin) for Christmas. We’ve never been with both families in the same holiday season since we’ve moved to NYC (4 holiday seasons).

This is going to be a great end of the year.