Sunday AM Set List 7/13/14

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!



Sunday AM Setlist 7/6/14

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!