Thanks for coming stopping by from Fred McKinnon’s blog. Here’s the setlist we put together from our Easter morning:(click the song titles to hear samples of the songs)
1. There Is A Redeemer (B/E) – We started the day very differently than we normally do. We began this worship song while everyone was still coming in and being seated. I sang the first verse of this song, and then my son, Jesse, sang the chorus. He sang it beautifully, and then we key changed into E and sang the chorus together. Hopefully we conveyed a small picture of the Father and Son and the importance of the power of their relationship on this Easter Sunday.
2. My Redeemer Lives (Hillsong kids version) w/ My Savior Lives (E) – As we began this, our kid’s choir came in from the side and helped my wife, Felicity, to lead us all in worship. Then, we kicked into the bridge from My Savior Lives and finished off by singing the chorus from My Redeemer Lives. This transitioned nicely into the next song.
3. God So Loved The World (E) – This was another song we found from Hillsong Kids’ CD Tell The World. This is an older Hillsong song, but it went very well and just restates in its lyrics, what John 3:16 tells us – that “…God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” This was a very powerful moment as we finished this song and then sang again the chorus of There Is A Redeemer to close out this first half of our worship service.
4. Jesus Paid It All & Before The Throne (B) – Before I describe this part of the service, I’ll just say that we were looking to include some hymns this morning so that we covered the full spectrum of what helps our multi-generational congregation worship. So we included these “modernized hymns”. One of our altos, Molly, led Jesus Paid It All and did a great job with it. I picked up the new bridge and then went directly into the chorus of Before The Throne. If you have not yet tried this song, you should at least consider it. The verses are pure hymn truth-y goodness followed by a compellingly, simple chorus.
This morning was a beautiful time of remembrance and celebration in our church. Personally, I was moved to be able to sing with my young son and lead our church in worship together. It was a powerful moment for me as a father – looking ahead to the day when Jesse will fully come to realize the Truth of whom we sang about this Easter morning. This was our worship service – how was yours?