- (B) Say Say – Kristian Stanfill
- (B) Everlasting God – Brenton Brown
- (G) Mighty To Save – Hillsong
- (G) Consuming Fire – Tim Hughes
- (C) You Bled – Rend Collective Experiment
Today was a little different than normal. We didn’t have a rehearsal this week due to thanksgiving holidays and me being out of town. We switched around the service layout from our normal 2-3-1 song structure to a 3-2-1 structure. Also, we used djembe in place of a drum kit which I was a little apprehensive about. Ha!
In the end, Daniel banged out the beats on the djembe pretty well. I think Say Say still suffered a bit from lack of a full kit, however the rest of the songs sounded good with it, especially the second set with Consuming Fire and You Bled.
Consuming Fire was definitely the best song of the morning I thought. We jammed on it a bit and just worshipped. Katie did a great job of improvising as we extended the song. There was real freedom in that moment that I’d love to see more of.
I made a complete hash of Mighty To Save and we ended up playing in some complex time signature I couldn’t have played had it been the intention. We somehow managed to keep it together but it was way slower than we would have liked. I like rehearsals for this very reason, but sometimes it’s not always possible.
We started our advent series this morning with the theme of ‘Hope’.
Say Say was a key song for me because of the lyrics in the first verse – “Some hope in what their eyes can see / We hope in a Glorious Unseen / In a risen and returning King!“. Everlasting God has similar lyrics – “Our God, You reign forever / Our hope, our strong deliverer” and Mighty To Save describes Jesus as the “Hope of nations“.
Consuming Fire played more into ‘We Wait’ theme, which wraps up each of the advent message parts, while You Bled made the set list because I simply love this song right now.