- Here For You – Matt Redman (B)
- Emmanuel – Martin Smith (B)
- I Am – Crowder (B)
- Waiting Here For You – Hillsong (D)
- Great I Am – Jared Anderson (D)
- This Is Amazing Grace – Jeremy Riddle (B)
As a worship leader I am pitched songs a lot, both from inside and outside of my team.
I really love to hear song suggestions from people and what way it is currently resonating with them. I’m a firm believer in what God can do in someone’s life, in and through a song.
Unfortunately, this does not guarantee we’ll lead our congregation with it. I will attempt to explain why in this post, by breaking down some of the song analysis my brain goes through on first listen.
This post is not about compiling a set list for a given Sunday. It is about maintaining the pool of songs from which we create our set lists. Our song selection process is more about the people (we as a church are trying to reach) and less to do with the individual making the suggestion.
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)
It was really good to be back at STORYCHURCH after being out a few weeks in the UK.