STORYCHURCH Set List – 27 Jul 2014

  • My Guardian – Ben Cantelon (F)
  • The Same Love – Paul Baloche (Bb)
  • Everlasting God – Brenton Brown (Bb)
  • Lord I Need You – Matt Maher (B)
  • God Is Able – Hillsong (B)

Here is a little of the thought process behind the song selection.

We’re all human and we all have weaknesses, every one of us. God knew (and knows) all about our weaknesses and yet loves us all the same. In fact, God can use our weaknesses for His glory in ways only He knows how.

He calls us to do great things in His name, while at the same time knowing full well we cannot do it without Him. We are truly dependent on God whether we realize that or not.

In Him is our strength and sustenance.

In Him is our joy and peace.

In Him is our worth and identity.

Even if we know those statements to be true, at times it can be so hard to let go and trust God. From our limited perspective it can look like things are out of control, but we have to accept that we will not always understand what God is doing. He has already gone before us and made the paths straight.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

New Original Song: With All Of My Heart

I wrapped up a new song last night. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, having only one verse and a chorus. It wasn’t until recently when I was inspired by a verse in Ruth, that I sat down to complete this version of the song.

I wrote three further verses a couple of nights ago. Then last night it all came together: the original verse became the chorus and the original chorus became the pre-chorus.

I’ll try to make a video of this when I polish it up a bit more. Let me know what you think (listen below).

This draft is recorded in Garageband, with a Focusrite audio interface, an SM58 microphone for the vocals and the guitar plugged direct.

The lyrics and chords are here: With All My Heart.

If you have trouble with the player, you can download the mp3 here.

Video: Guiding Light by Foy Vance (Cover)

Well the road is wide,
And waters run on either side,
And my shadow went with fading light,
Stretching out towards the night.

‘Cause the Sun is low,
And I yet have still so far to go,
My lonely heart is beating so,
Tired of the wonder.

But there’s a sign ahead,
Though I think it’s the same one again,
And I’m thinking ’bout my only friend,
And so I find my way home.

When I need to get home
You’re my guiding light,
You’re my guiding light.

Well the air is cold,
And yonder lies my sleeping soul,
By the branches broke like bones,
This weakened tree no longer holds.

But the night is still,
And I have not yet lost my will,
Oh and I will keep on moving ’till,
‘Till I find my way home.

When I need to get home,
You’re my guiding light,
You’re my guiding light.

So leave me whole, leave me strong
Like the road I walk on

When I need to get home,
You’re my guiding light,
You’re my guiding light.

Guiding Light Chords

Video: Come As You Are by Crowder (Cover)

Come out of sadness from wherever you’ve been
Come, brokenhearted let rescue begin
Come find your mercy, O sinner, come kneel
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal

Lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
O wanderer, come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t cure

Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in His arms
Come as you are

There’s joy for the morning
O sinner, be still
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t heal

Why I’m Excited About Our New Building


These are thoughts from a worship/media team perspective. They are thoughts, future dreams, could be’s, hope so’s, wish for’s. Let me know if there’s anything you would add.

I Don’t Deserve It!

My reading plan landed in Ruth 2 this morning, and verse 13 stood out to me.

She said, “Oh sir, such grace, such kindness – I don’t deserve it. You’ve touched my heart, treated me like one of your own. And I don’t even belong here!”

What struck me about Ruth’s statement is this – in a sense, God has done the same for me. He’s touched my heart, grafted me into His family even though I didn’t belong. I didn’t deserve this, not even close. This is grace.

Bonfire of the Insanities

Tonight they will light this. Reminds me of an old Give My Head Peace episode where Red Hand Luke wants to build a bonfire for the aliens to see. If I were living anywhere near this thing I’d be kind of worried about my house melting. Insanity.

This is one time of year that seems to tarnish the reputation of Northern Ireland, and I’m glad I don’t have to endure it. For those that do, I pray it’s a peaceful one.