Sunday AM Set List 7/13/14

16 Jul

Hey everyone!

It was another great worship service last week at Tomball Bible Church. We had Pastor Skeet back with us after being out last week with our Honduras team. It was an awesome team of volunteers on deck as well. Really fun for me as leader to hear everyone singing too! Great time worshiping our amazing God together!

Here were the songs we sang:

Opening Set -

“Here For You” by Jesse Reeves, Matt Maher, Matt Redman &  Tim Wanstall
Get the Chris Tomlin version on Amazon Mp3 here.

This was a new tune for TBC, but it is one of my favorites that I brought with me from Baton Rouge. I have been doing this one for about a year and a half, and it has become my go-to opener. I read Psalm 100 to open the service because it is such a great, biblical call to worship. This song, like Psalm 100 focuses on the reason why we gather together to sing. It’s the worship of God. Just as in the temple worship of the Old Testament, we should come into the house of God together with thanksgiving and joy in our hearts proclaiming that we are here for God, to praise his name. I love this as a call to worship because it speaks of the activity of God through the Holy Spirit to move in the midst of our worship.

“Forever Reign” by Jason Ingram & Reuben Morgan (Hillsong)
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

A great tune to remind us that even in our sin, when there is nothing good in us, God has shown his kindness to us. As I was preparing for this set, I was going over the passage in Genesis 3, which served as the text of Skeet’s message. Though we sinned and fell, God continued to be good and gracious to us, and ultimately, he would provide a way back to Him through Christ. This song serves as a wonderful response to that radical goodness of God demonstrated to us in Christ.

I’m running to Your arms
I’m running to Your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the World, forever reign

Message: “Origins: Fall” – Skeet Alderson
Genesis 3
You can listen to it here.

Second Set -

“Marvelous Light” by Charlie Hall
We did the soft arrangement, which you can get here.

This is a softer, more ambient version of the song “Marvelous Light.” This rendition exchanges the lyrics of the verses for a simpler refrain:

I may be down, but I will rise
Where there is dark, God is light.

It then moves into the normal lyrics of the song. I like this arrangement as a more reflective take on a wonderful truth. Coming out of Communion, having had an opportunity to reflect on the Scriptures concerning the Fall in Genesis 3 and about our sinfulness in light of God’s holiness, it seemed like a perfect response for us who have received the gospel.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 ESV)

Once we were fallen, in utter darkness, but by God’s grace through Christ Jesus, we have been called into His marvelous light! Praise God!

“Lord I Need You” by Daniel Carson, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, and Jesse Reeves
We played the Chris Tomlin Version, which you can get here.

This is a song loosely based on “I Need Thee Every Hour” and took inspiration from the refrain of the 150+ year old hymn. Confronted with the reality of our sinfulness, this song of confession of our continual need for God in every circumstance fit well with the rest of the morning. This song is a great anthem for all believers,

“We Believe” by Matthew Hooper, Richie Fike, & Travis Ryan
We do the FIKE arrangement of this killer song. That one is tough to get right now, because it hasn’t made its way online yet. You can download the Newsboys version, but I am not gonna link it, because it is way less cool ;-)

This song has made its way on to Christian radio via the Newsboys, so many have now heard it. Richie Fike, one of the songwriters is a buddy and an amazing worship leader. His version is on his upcoming live album “More Than Anthems.” Look for it soon. This song is like so many of the ancient creeds and confessions of our faith, distilling essential Christian tenets into a powerful statement of faith. My favorite part is the bridge, a bold prayer that asks:

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised
In the here and now, let love invade
Let the church live loud, our God will save
We believe! We believe!

And the gates of hell will not prevail
For the power of God has torn the veil
Now we know Your love will never fail
We believe! We believe!

AMEN! It’s my prayer as a leader that those lyrics would stir up our hearts to live out boldly those truths every day!

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Sunday AM Setlist 7/6/14

7 Jul

Hello again, my wonderful readers. It’s time another set list blog. Below you will find the songs that we sang yesterday at Tomball Bible Church. It was an awesome morning as we continued in our new series Origins: A Journey Through Genesis.

Here are the songs we sang:

Opening Set -

“This is Amazing Grace” by Jeremy Riddle, Josh Farro, & Phil Wickham
(We did the Jeremy Riddle version)
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

This song is actually not one that I had ever done before. I had heard it loads of times, but it had never made it into my regular rotation of songs. But this was a TBC favorite, so it was a no-brainer that I would be learning it. The radio plays the Phil Wickham version, but we did the Jeremy Riddle version, which is just a little more my style and speed. It is a wonderful song to open any time of worship because it points us straight to the gospel of grace and gives us the right way to respond, proclaiming the worthiness of Christ, the Lamb who slain and the King who conquered the grave! Great tune.

“Hallelujah What A Savior” by Aaron Ivey, Matt Carter, Halim Suh, Philip Paul Bliss
(From Austin Stone Worship)
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

This is Aaron Ivey’s modern update of the classic hymn of the same name. Some small changes to the melody of the verse and a wonderful new chorus breathes new life into these wonderful, gospel-centered lyrics. This is a personal favorite of mine; I love this song because it is easy to sing and has an amazing new refrain that sings of Christ’s love and sacrifice for us.

Hallelujah, praise to the One
Whose blood has pardoned me
What a Savior, Redeemer,and King
Your love has rescued me

Also, Ivey does a nice homage to the title of the hymn by beginning the first line of the chorus with “Hallelujah” and the third with “What a Savior.” Nicely done.

“10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman & Jonas Myrin
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

Only time will tell, but I am fairly certain we will still be singing this one in 50 years. Every few years, a new “modern hymn” comes out that resonates so broadly with the Church across much of the world–”How Great is Our God” is an example, I think. Another one is sure to be “10,000 Reasons.” This song is also more than a little “hymn-like” in its melody. It also has wonderful lyrics that speak of God’s worth in every circumstance and across all time. No matter what comes to pass, His name is worthy to be blessed by unhindered worship from his people. And if we look (and often even if we don’t look!), we are always finding more reasons for our hearts to praise His name!

For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
10,000 reasons for my heart to find

Message: “Origins: Vocation” – Carl Karr
Text: Genesis 1:26-30; 2

Carl Karr is one of our teachers and leaders at the church. He delivered a message on our vocational call as image bearers of God to fill the earth. He showed how this call has been renewed in light of the gospel for us as believers to make disciples of all nations. You can listen to or download the sermon here.

Second Set -

“God I Look To You” by Jenn Johnson & Ian McIntosh (Bethel Live)
Find it on Amazon mp3 here.

Kelsey led this new tune that we introduced last week. As I said last week, this song is great because it proclaims God’s sovereignty over all things for all time, yet it also shows his nearness to us as our help and strength.

On the screen, we shared some scripture passages that highlighted these truths:

The LORD is my strength and my shield;
   in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
   and with my song I give thanks to him.
(Psalm 28:7 ESV)

I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.
(Psalm 121:1-2)

“Look and See” by Michael Bleecker & Ross King
Get it on Amazon Mp3 here.

This was another new one to me but a favorite at Tomball Bible. I am really a fan of this tune though. It just slipped passed my radar. I am really glad to have learned it and plan on keeping it as part of the rotation. Michael Bleecker and Ross King weave lots of scriptural and lyrical ideas together to create a very full picture of the gospel and a great response for its recipients: “Look and see our God!” For all He has done for us and for who He is. We are redeemed, we are free! So let’s live and speak in such a way so that all will know!

Those were the songs we sang! I hope you got to be there with us! If you did not, I hope you can join us next week. It is always a joy to worship together and rally around these wonderful truths in these songs!

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The Media Center Dream (Part 1)

4 Jul

Happy Fourth of July!

To honor the occasion (not really), I have a fun set of blogs coming your way about Media Centers:

Gear and Electronics don’t get as much attention as I had envisioned when I started this blog all those years ago, but hey, the blog itself hasn’t either, so I guess it’s par for the course. Still, I did undertake a small project in the realm of electronics several months back and never got around to writing it up. Today, that changes. In fact, the content of the post really encompasses both the “why/what” and the “how,” so I have decided to break it up in to two parts.  Here is part 1.

The Dream: All your media content in one place

You will find that I did a post about media centers early on the history of this blog, just a little over four years ago. It’s really amazing to see how much the landscape has changed since that post was written. But my definition of media center is still basically the same as it was four years ago: a one-stop-shop for all your video content. Four years ago, Apple TV and Roku were still two of the main contenders, but the boxes and features (or lack thereof) have completely changed. The market has become much more crowded/competitive over the last four years and all of the boxes, Apple & Roku included.

The technology has also changed. Companies have all doubled down on streaming shows and movies directly from the internet as their main way accessing content. There are some great set-top boxes out there that do this. Google has even thrown it’s hat into the ring with the Chromecast, which is not even a box, just a dongle that plugs straight into the TV. Amazon’s Fire TV & the Apple TV represent a more closed-system approach, while the Roku is a bit more open since they don’t have an ecosystem to try and lock people into. Chromecast is sort of a different beast all together, but it gets lumped in. But because of this single ecosystem/streaming approach, one thing that these devices still do not do well is play back your entire DVD/Blu Ray collection digitally. Sure these devices can stream almost anything provided it is available on some type of service, but if you have something that you own that’s not part of its various streaming apps, good luck.

Which tiny black thing do you choose?!

“But Evan, my DVD library is made up of physical discs. You can’t play back DVDs and Blu Rays on a streaming device!” Exactly. If you are like me, that DVD collection ain’t growing like it used to, but it is large. Yes, Blu Ray’s are awesome and probably still deliver the best picture (over streaming), but Blu Ray as a technology has to compete with streaming, whereas DVD was really the only kid on the block in its day. So you have a few Blu Rays, but mostly, you just don’t buy movies as much. But let’s just say there was a way to rip all your DVDs and Blu Rays to some sort of open digital format (there is). And suppose these legal digital files (you are allowed to create one back up copy of any physical disc you own) now reside somewhere on your hard drive. Just how would you get them to play on that big beautiful screen you’ve got if all you have are these streaming boxes? Answer: not easily. Not without some work.

The Reality: Piecemeal Hodgepodge Content

So because of this, many of us are still using some strange combination of physical disc players, smart TVs or streaming boxes/services and some type cable/fiber/satellite/over the air antenna for live TV. So instead of an all-in-one do-everything machine, we have a box for this, a box for that, and another box for that other thing. The only way to truly build a media center that can attempt to be all of these different boxes at once is to build an expensive computer and hook it up to your TV along with some special software and hardware. While that can integrate everything into one place, you are talking at least $500 to do it well and maybe more if you want that hardware to still perform well for more than a few years.

But really, it can be your everything box–Netflix, Amazon Video, all your streaming content, TV Tuner & DVR (cable or OTA), and a place for all your movies that you have created digital copies of. The thing is, while everything is now in one place, it’s still a computer, and it will feel like one. Most people that build these things just admit as much and buy a wireless mouse and keyboard and operate at it as such to navigate between the necessary programs that do everything. My brother Zac is one such person. He mostly uses his for gaming, but he stores his movie collection it as well. He still has Comcast Cable and XBox One, though for streaming and TV, so his far from an “everything” box.

The fabled “everything” box. All the complications in one place!

Now what? Embrace the piecemeal!

That’s where I landed. Andrea and I have been “cord cutters” for about 3 years (no cable/uverse/satellite). We have firmly subscribed to the “box for this, box for that” philosophy, and believe it or not, it has served us pretty well. We use a Tivo Premiere for DVR of OTA broadcast stations ($15 per month for guide data). This fee is a necessary evil. There are cheaper/free solutions out there, but none as slick as Tivo since Aereo is now kaput. Tivo itself halfheartedly tries to be your everything box, giving you hulu and netflix and a few other apps, but its attempt is, well, halfhearted. So, it is the “Live TV/DVR Box.”

Then there is the Blu Ray player, which doesn’t get much use except for Redbox movies (still the cheapest rental rental out there). It also has some apps. Amazon Prime is on there (nice!), as well as ANOTHER Netflix app, similar to Tivo’s but less clunky, and a host of others.

Then there is the Apple TV. Why? Airplay. Tivo can kinda do it with certain things like YouTube, but Apple TV makes throwing your computer or iPhone up on the screen amazingly simple. It’s also my preferred Netflix player and VOD rental service because the interface is very clean and, well, Apple. And it has subtitles on most content, which I also like. But that still means there is one type of box that has been left out: the movie box. The one that plays all the content that I own: my digital library of movies from my DVD & Blu Ray collection.

Enter the FINAL PIECE: The Raspberry Pi

Behold… this thing… what is it?

How I turned this thing into the final piece of the media center puzzle will have to wait for part 2 of this post. What you need to know now is that this little guy is about the size of a credit card only costs around $35. Stay tuned for part 2 to see how it was integrated into our setup.

Sunday AM Set List 6/29/14

29 Jun

Hello again!

For those of you who are new readers (folks from Tomball Bible), there is a bit of a back story to this kind of post. At The Chapel, I had begun a practice off and on (mostly off) where I would post the songs we sang from Sunday. I am going to make the effort to get back into the habit of doing so now that I am at TBC as well. Most of us are pretty content to let the worship leader pick and sing songs without much additional thought. If he (or she) plays songs that we know and like, great. If not, that’s okay too by and large. But if having the names, authors, and reasons behind the song choices is important to you, or you are just curious as to my process of song-selection, this post is for you.

So here they are–the songs from this Sunday’s Set List.

Opening Set

“All Creatures” arr. by David Crowder *Band
Find it on Amazon mp3 here.

Since we began our new Gensis Series “Origins” this week in Genesis, it was appropriate to pick a lot of songs dealing with the creative nature of our God and worshiping Him as Creator. This modern interpretation of the song is by David Crowder and has been my go-to version for the last decade. Most folks think the song itself is centuries old and written by Francis of Assisi, but the hymn that we all know is by William Henry Draper and is just shy of 100 years old. Draper’s lyrics are indeed a setting of the much more ancient poem by Francis, first composed about 800 years ago. Francis’ words themselves are an adaptation of Psalm 148. In any service, it is a great call to worship, but in one centered around the truth of God as Creator, it’s a no-brainer.

“God I Look To You” by Jenn Johnson & Ian McIntosh (Bethel Live)
Find it on Amazon mp3 here.

This was a new one for TBC but one I have been doing for the last couple years. I love this song because of the huge view of God that it has. It proclaims God’s sovereign rule & reign over all things for all time. It also shows the nearness of such a huge God to the believer, speaking of Him as someone to whom we can look for help, string, vision, and wisdom. Skeet’s message touched on this incredible truth. What a comfort! Meredith, our female singer led this one for us, and you can expect for it to become part of our regular rotation.

Message: “Origins: Creation” – Skeet Alderton
Genesis 1 & John 1
Listen here.

Second Set

“Indescribable” by Jesse Reeves & Laura Story (Chris Tomlin Version)
Find it on Amazon mp3 here.

We dusted this one off this morning. I jokingly apologized to my team for having to do this song, since to many worship leaders, it feels like this song won the award for “most overplayed song of 2004″ and clinched the same title for the next 3 years ;-)  But it really is a great song, and speaks so well to the thrust of the morning that this all-powerful, Creator God sees our hearts and still loves us. Skeet’s charge to us at the end of his message was to remember that the same God that created all things is at work within us by His Grace.

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 (ESV)

“The Stand” by Joel Houston (Hillsong United)
Find it on Amazon mp3 here.

This is one that TBC knows well, and it also speaks to the same truth that the same God who stood before all creation and spoke everything into motion has made himself available to us through Jesus Christ. The only appropriate response to such an earth-shattering truth is to offer our hearts to God completely and say, “all I am is Yours!”

“Hallelujah Tag + How Great Thou Art” (Stuart K. Hine &  Carl Gustav Boberg)
My arrangement, sorry ;-)

This was just a mash up of the “hallelujahs” from both “All Creatures” and “God I Look To You.” We tagged the first verse of the classic hymn “How Great Thou Art,” to finish it out. It’s an incredible song that’s been sung in churches around the world for the last 130 years, and it’s easy to see why. On a morning like today’s, it made sense to sing of God’s “power throughout the universe displayed” and proclaim his greatness together with one voice. A fitting end of our songs together for this Sunday.

It was really a joy to worship in His Presence together this morning. I hope you feel the same. See you next week!

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Greetings from Tomball…

28 Jun

Hello internet!

Home sweet home.

As most of my readers (do I actually get to call you readers?) know, we moved back to our home town of Tomball, TX at the end of May, and on June 1st I took a job as Tomball Bible Church‘s New Worship & Communications Pastor. I felt that my friends who read this were owed at least some sort of acknowledgement or timestamp that commemorates the move on the blog before I just start writing posts about nerdy/more important things as if nothing has changed. A great deal has, in fact. Moving to a new state, selling our house, starting a new job, and Andrea has started as a consultant for Rodan + Fields (super proud of her– y’all should check it out).  We are now living (temporarily) with my parents as we get settled into Texas and nest egg for the purchase of whatever Texas house God has in store for us in a few months.

I am happy to report that four weeks in, I still have said job and things are going splendidly. Last week, they stuck my pale face on the website, and I even have a fancy name plate outside my office now. It’s as official as it can be! So, it’s just shy of one month, and I am pleased to say all is well. As you have heard me say often throughout the process of making this move, God has been extremely gracious! Andrea and I love our new church home, and we love being close to our family. God has already shown me how much more I am going to learn and grow in this new place. Thanks to everyone who prayed for us through the transition. It has been incredible.

Stay tuned for more on the blog in the coming days/weeks as I talk about summer movies, gear & electronics, and of course, thoughts on worship. Seminary is on hold for the summer while we get our bearings, which means more time for recreational reading and writing.

So look for more posts from me soon! And thanks for checking in!

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