Today I am going to share with you my setlist and part of what goes into preparing songs to sing on Sunday. I love the process of thinking through songs and their content and how to make them all flow together. This Sunday I am leading at Restoration Church in Bryan, TX. Since they usually have announcements after the first two songs I'm doing a call to worship at the beginning of the set. I have put links to the songs if anyone is interested in checking them out! Here's the list:
Set List 8/20/17: Restoration Church Bryan
Call To Worship: Philippians 2:5-11
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
The Lion and The Lamb (G) 90 BPM
10,000 Reasons (G) 72.5 BPM
Come Thou Fount (D) 74 BPM
SERMON: 1 Cor. 12:9 God's Grace Is Enough.
Gracious Redeemer (B) 74 BPM
O Praise The Name (B) 72.5 BPM
Nothing But The Blood (E) 72 BPM
I prefer listing the key and tempo (BPM) for each song in order to make sure transitioning between songs is smooth and not distracting. I have learned it works well to base my set around the songs a church congregation typically sings. I may introduce one new song but I have learned to stay focused, not on specific songs, but on singing as a collective body of believers. My main goal is to encourage everyone to sing with one voice and to give us all a reason to do so. Just as we see over and over in the Psalms:
Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright. Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings! Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord
Engaging each other by singing songs corporately is vital to the life of the Church. It is one of the most joyous ways we can encourage one another with the gospel. This is why we sing songs about Jesus together! (Check out this short resource below!)