Sunday [08.02.09] // No “Little” Thing

I have been absent for a while now, but felt it would be good to get back in the flow of the Sunday Setlists hosted at  I hope this post finds you (and those you are walking with on this journey of faith) well.  It might just be me (being sappy), but I have felt the need this week to say “thank you” and “I appreciate/love you” to many of my friends this week.  This is how it started…

Last Friday we found out the sad news that our sound man and long-time friend John Emerson had passed away after his bout with a failing liver.  I’m quite positive his Sunday Setlist recap would be more than we could even comprehend.  Knowing that I was joining in with heaven’s worship was a comforting thought for me today, but still we will dearly miss him.

After sitting back, and looking at John’s life, I realized how much he did just by being consistent week in and week out.  This in turn led me to think of the rest of my family, friends, & worship team – to see how incredibly faithful they are to the little details that make up this wonderful thing called life.  I know I forget to be thankful for these “little things” (that are truly the most important of things).  So, in honor of my friend’s life – would you take a moment, during this week, to thank those around you for being there, for being faithful, and for doing the little things?

To all of you who are reading this  – thank you –  for your friendship, your service, and your faithfulness to doing what God has set before you.  What you are doing is important and it truly makes a difference in the lives of those around you.

Below is a recap of our Sunday sets.  You can preview the versions of the songs we did by clicking on the song titles:

1.  (Eb/F)   Forever
2.  (F)         No Sweeter Name
3.  (F)         Jesus, Name Above All Names w/Here In Your Presence

4.  (C)         It Is Well
5.  (C)         Great Is Thy Faithfulness

1.  (Ab)       Filled With Your Glory
2.  (Ab)       We Cry Out
3.  (Ab)       Son Of God

4.  (D)        Lord I Seek You
5.  (D)        Cry In My Heart

Sunday Setlist [05.31.09]


After a beautiful “pink and melon” outdoor wedding yesterday, most of our team (including my fairskinned self) came in today pink-and-melon-sunburned. Everyone was a bit sore, but practice was amazing. Because of the planning and serving that went in to this weekend, we came in without a planned setlist today. For our team, not having a setlist is a very rare thing. So we sat down as a team and quickly put together what you see below.

The morning went smoothly from practice until we lead it live in the service. Our various worship leaders and young worship band did an awesome job of working together and quickly learning the songs – so good job team! Also, our soundman, John, gave us a clean, strong mix this morning and the congregation was all in from the start. It was a great morning at HACC and you can preview the versions of the songs we did by clicking on the song titles.

1. (A) Everlasting God
2. (A) Everyone (Praises)
3. (A) Great Is Thy Faithfulness

4. (B) Jesus Paid It All
5. (B) Overcome

Hope your week was great and thanks for stopping by to peruse, say hi, or ask a question. Today’s setlist was brought to you by the letters A, B, the number 5, and Fred McKinnon’s Sunday Setlist fun.

sunday setlist [05.10.09]

Sorry for missing last week, but we are back and had an excellent service today.  The church jumped right in at the top and had a lot of energy which made for a great morning.  We revamped Open The Eyes Of My Heart and changed a few chords to give it a little more “spice” and had very positive responses to it.   (sidenote: this song would go perfectly with Friend Of God (which we did not do) because it has a similar chord structure).  For our setlist today, Open The Eyes moved seamlessly into Forever.  Also, if you would like to hear a fresh, new version of this song – click here – to open up a link to the creativity that is Russ Hutto.

I ended up leading only 1 song today, which was a lot of fun for me because I was able to help train & backup our newer worship leaders.  Today they – Shabaka & Mark – did an excellent job and the response from the church showed me that they are beginning to trust them. ** I will be posting more about this later in the week, so check back to hear about our new training methods and how they are working.**

The rest of the set was equally great, and you can see the rest of it below.   Thanks for stopping by and be sure to click on the song titles to listen on iTunes.

1.  (E) Open The Eyes Of My Heart
2.  (F) Forever
3.  (F) Grace Like Rain


4.  (C) Great Is Thy Faithfulness
5.  (D) Here I Am To Worship

As always, this is a part of the Sunday Setlist craze that is sweeping the nation!

for the dreamers


This week my son, Jesse, had to write a short essay in his class that answered the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  After our Wednesday night service, his teacher caught me out in the hallway to show me his paper because she was so amused by his answers.  I asked her if I could borrow it for the night since it would still need to be graded the next day.  She said “yes” and when I got home, I called various family members to read them his thoughts.  We all laughed at Jesse’s ability to describe, in such detail, his plans for the future.  Here is what he wrote –

I want to be a football player.  I want to be a wide receiver and make 15 touchdowns in one whole season.  I want [our] team to be ranked #1 in the nation.  Guess what team I want, Nebraska! Ya baby.  There’s one thing I want to tell you I’m gonna be number 8 on my shirt.  I’ll rock every city we play.  They’ll get their buns beat off.  When they run after me it’s hello then bye-bye.  But I’ll have a move and call it the Big J.  I’ll also have a celebration but I don’t know what I should [call it].  I think it should [be] J.D.W (his initials).

I love this about Jesse – his confidence that he will succeed (even though he has never actually played organized football – yet) and his ability to dream big.  After I finished laughing over this little boy’s smack talking essay, I realized something important.  There are a lot of us out there who keep our dreams to ourselves, and not just that, but we never stop to write them down, talk about them,  or hand them in for a teacher to see.  This is my little challenge for all of us – share your dreams with someone you trust, write them down, or maybe just dream for a while about your answer to what do YOU want to be when you grow up?  Who knows, maybe the answer to that will “rock every city” that you play!

sunday recap [04.26.09]

Welcome to another weekly installment of Sunday setlists as part Fred McKinnon’s blog party. We had a great morning today with another one of our bands in training. The morning was very powerful even though I made a last minute switch and threw in the old song “He Touched Me” by Bill Gaither. I have been singing that song for a few days now and felt it would be a good fit for this week’s morning list and the response was overwhelming.

Our best transition of the morning was from “Glory” to “Need You Here”.  Here’s what we did – since “Glory” ends on the 4 chord in E (an A)  we all stayed on that chord for a few seconds.  Then, while holding a pad sound on the keys, I faded in a rhodes sound underneath and as it was established, the band all kicked into “Need You Here” which just happens to be in A.  Just this simple hold and sound change caused a very easy key change for us.  Plus, we did not distract our congregation with an abrupt change, but a seemless transition helped this moment to not drop.

This morning we only had 2 lead singers, plus myself and band, which made for nice tight harmonies.  Kendra, one of the best part singers I know, lead “Glory” and “He Touched Me”; while Farah Abu Saada, our wonderful soprano this morning, (sidebar:  she is also the sister of Ben (from Overland Park, KS)) did an incredible job on “Need You Here”.  Overall, the congregation’s response was very strong to the entire set.  Below is our setlist and you can click the titles for links to iTunes.

Thanks for swinging by my blog – feel free to leave a comment, ask a question, or just peruse for general merriment.

1. Meet With You (A) by Lamont Hiebert
2. Glory (E) by Reuben Morgan/Hillsong United
3. Need You Here (A) by Reuben Morgan/Hillsong United
4. Your Name (Bb) by Paul Baloche & Glenn Packiam
5. He Touched Me (Bb) by William J. Gaither

(last week I promised to post a song written in our house, but have not done it yet.  Be looking for the chart and mp3 to “Consume Me” this week, as we attempt again to get it up.  thanks, dj)

“There Is A Redeemer”

Last week, in response to the Easter Sunday setlist post, I promised that I would eventually post a video of my son and I singing “There Is A Redeemer” by Melody Green-Sievright.  Thanks to our whole wondeful TV crew (and specifically James Powell, who finished this up today) for capturing this moment.  Here we are singing together:

There Is A Redeemer from danieljohn on Vimeo.

or click here to view it on your mobile device.

sunday setlist [04.19.09]

Welcome to another installment of sunday setlists.  As always, this is a part of the worldwide interweb fun from over at Fred McKinnon’s site.

We had a good morning worship service at HACC and our congregation was very responsive. Today saw dead batteries everywhere, tempo fun, and a new song written in-house.  Just before going on stage, one of worship leaders’ batteries died (this is a plague upon us lately – possibly due to rechargeables) in his guitar.  We all quickly re-battery’ed up and were ready to start this set:

1. God of Wonders (A/B) – good song, we played it a little slow, but the thought behind it was to help our people jump in comfortably and warm-up.  Recently, we have been noticing that there are some mornings where we RUN past our congregation at the beginning of service.  So, we are trying not to leave anyone behind by entering around a 3 (on a 1 to 10 scale) before we rev the music up to 5 or more.  🙂

2. Everyday (B) – our obligatory Hillsong song – ha!  Actually, we have not done this song in a long, long time.  As such, it was well received and this helped us get moving closer to that 5.  Also, major props to our young drummer – James.  He found the perfect tempo on this song (which seemed to allude us all during practice) and just played it perfectly.

3. Knowing You (C) – an oldie, but a goodie.  Not much more to say on this other than it was a nice worship moment in the set.

4. Consume Me (E) – this was the new song we taught/sang this morning.  It was written by one of our newer worship leaders, Jordan.  It is encouraging to see our team begin to write and sing from the life they are walking with God.  Check back later in the week for the chart and mp3 of this song.

5. Bless The Lord (E) – We went straight out of the chorus of Jordan’s song into this older chorus –

“Bless the Lord, oh my soul

and all that is within me

Bless His holy name”

Then, near the end of singing this song, we key changed up to F, and everyone just seemed to go right UP (no, not that “UP” – but the same basic concept) with the intensity of the song.  It was a strong moment and felt as though our earlier “warm-up” helped bring along a large portion of our local house.  In my opinion, I think we ended up around a 7 on our little intensity scale (see song #1’s description for the explanation).

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a comment, or question, or just say hi.  And if you need more pretty things to look at online, then head over to Fred’s blog to see what other worship leaders and their teams are doing.  Have a wonderful Sunday and rest of the week!