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a forum for worship leaders or church musicians to share ideas and encourage one another.

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Latest Activity: May 18

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What's your main/only acoustic for worship? 21 Replies

I thought it might be fun to post some pics of your main acoustic that you use in a worship setting.  Here's my Seagull Artist Mosaic  …Continue

Started by Elton Bloye. Last reply by Tony K. Jun 23, 2015.

Following His lead 2 Replies

Just wanted to share what's up with worship in our church:When I joined we were a small conservative evangelical church that worshiped with just one piano or a few guitarists. I have seen our teams…Continue

Started by Elton Bloye. Last reply by Elton Bloye May 28, 2015.

How did you become involved in your worship role and/or how long have you been doing it? 13 Replies

I first got involved when I was in grade 7, so about 12 or 13 years old, and my teacher found out I was taking guitar lessons. He played guitar and asked me to play with him for a class choir of…Continue

Started by Martin van Dooremalen. Last reply by Martin van Dooremalen Mar 27, 2015.

I wrote a new song. 14 Replies

I have written many songs in my life but it's been a really long time since I have. I came up with this neat little melody and it got stuck in my head. Before I new it words started to come as well.…Continue

Started by Alan Cargile. Last reply by Elton Bloye Feb 27, 2015.

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Comment by Elton Bloye on March 30, 2016 at 2:40am

Tony, thanks for the heads up on "Jailbreak" - I'm going to suggest it to the team. Its a great song!

Comment by Tony K. on February 29, 2016 at 2:50am

Had a great morning at church this Sunday.  I was so happy with my praise team.  And man, there was some kind of energy in the air for the morning.  The praise team was SO on, the congregation actually applauded us ( which does not happen often, we all understand it's not about the "performance" but about the worship ) and the pastor's message on Judges 19-21,  ( read those 3 chapters and you can imagine what kind of message comes from that, lol ).  The pastor started with, "You are going to find this disturbing, but I promise you, you won't be bored."  lol.

All in all, it was an incredible morning.  We played the song "I'm Going Free (Jailbreak)" by the Vertical Church Band for the first time and again, wow, did it ever go over well!  I never cease to thank God for the gift of music!   (rofl)

Comment by paul stokes on April 21, 2015 at 9:01am

Well said Robert, I couldn't agree more. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Thomas' story has fascinated me for quite a while.

Comment by Robert on April 20, 2015 at 1:55pm

Paul - love the idea of exploring the spiritual 'psychology' of the disciples.  They all had their doubts, I'm sure, even Peter, who made that great confession (Matt. 16), but it is Thomas' account that is recorded.  And that record, certainly, is for our benefit, for those times when WE doubt.  They were real, normal men (and women) with real, normal ups and downs.  Scripture shows throughout that God uses such real people and not 'superheros'.

Comment by paul stokes on April 20, 2015 at 1:44pm

Thank you Martin van Dooremalen. Its a beautiful tuning, I agree with you 100%. Thomas did much work afterwards and I kind of wanted to do him some justice. "Doubting Thomas" is a really crap legacy to be left with. Take care, and God bless you and yours.

Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on April 19, 2015 at 7:59pm

Hi Paul, great song, great singing and great playing of it. Love the full sound of the tuning you're using especially with the fills you do in the interlude before the end.

We may wonder why some of the disciples were chosen, but they were chosen to do God's will and in that glorify Him in the choices and decisions they made. Judas betrayed Jesus and even though he realized he was wrong he never reconciled his betrayal with the available forgiveness he could have had . Peter denied Christ those three times but recognized he had the forgiveness. Thomas, though doubting, was blessed enough to see the risen Christ and have his doubts turned into belief. I think we are fortunate enough to have these examples to know or to show us what it is to truly believe.

May you be blessed and may your song be a blessing to those who hear it.

Comment by paul stokes on April 19, 2015 at 8:10am

Hi folks, I just recorded a tune today and put it on my page. I thought it would be appreciated here. Being a Christian I chose to write about Thomas (of the doubting variety) Since Jesus chose all his disciples it has always fascinated me why he chose Thomas (who was very logical and scientific in his approach to life). I wrote this song to help me understand and would love to hear your collective opinions. Check it out on my page, believe it or not (no pun intended) its simply titled "Thomas". I will look forward to any opinions you all wish to share.

Comment by Martin van Dooremalen on April 4, 2015 at 10:28am

Good Friday never fails to leave me both sorrowful and thankful. After the part of the crucifixion narrative where Jesus is nailed to the cross we did Chris Tomlin's At The Cross (Love Ran Red).......just a powerful song at that particular time, then closed with How Deep The Father's Love For Us. Many people in the congregation were wiping tears from their eyes.....not from my playing I hope ;-) although my eyes had welled up a bit too. The message of that song just penetrates the heart and is truly a blessing.

My church is combining two worship teams for Resurrection Sunday service, My team and a sort of youth team so about 10 people total. My daughter and me on guitars, piano, synthesizer, two flutes (another daughter on one), euphonium, piano and three singers (one is my wife), a real family affair! And my third daughter would be singing as well except she is out of town for the weekend.

Blessing to you all in this joyous Easter season!!

Comment by Elton Bloye on April 4, 2015 at 3:06am

Hope you guys are having a blessed time this week. I led the service on good Friday, and we played a new rendetion of "Sweet hour of prayer", played finger style on my gull, with some nice piano and sweet female vocals. Sounded great, and I think it really was honouring. I'm off duty for resurrection Sunday, and am looking forward to just praising God without the responsibility of leading the service. He knows how to give us rest!  ;)

Comment by Elton Bloye on March 25, 2015 at 11:33pm

Hi Martin. I like his voice a lot, but that kind of roughness also wouldn't fit well with us. So I would definitely smooth it up a bit for the congregation, even though I personally love that "Springsteen" kind of vibe. Regarding the pace, I actually think they could handle it if they knew the song well. But the first few times we do it, I think you are right, we would need to slow it down a bit. It may be that the slower pace just sticks, and that's how we'll do it.

We'll see how well its received as a special. The structure of the song makes it suited to congregational singing, so I am quite positive that this will be introduced.   


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