Setlist - 8 Dec 2013
Sunday morning at Kings

  • [E] Come, Thou long expected Jesus - Charles Welsey, Rowland Prichard
  • [D] Crown him with many crowns - Matthew Bridges, Godfrey Thring, George Elvey
  • [D] We bow down - Viola Grafstrom
  • [G] Adoration - Brenton Brown
  • [E] Behold, I tell you a mystery - Phil Rogers
  • [A] Jesus, holy and anointed - John Barnett
  • [A] Holy - Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Jason Ingram
  • [A] Everyone needs compassion - Rueben Morgan, Ben Fielding

Rather an unseasonal theme this morning. We're well into Advent, but the preaching passage was 1 Corinthians 15 so the response was about resurrection.

'Come, Thou long expected Jesus' worked well as an opening nod to Christmas. I haven't led it before, but I've been listening to PageCXVI's 'Advent to Christmas' a lot during the week, which features a great arrangement of it. We ran a more traditional harmonisation.

I deliberately kept the dynamics mostly low for 'We bow down' and 'Adoration', with just a couple of big rises. It brought a freshness and reverence to the first block.

Mark asked for 'Behold, I tell you a mystery' as a response to the sermon. It's a song from the 1980's, based directly on the text of 1 Corinthians 15. I didn't know it and I couldn't find a recording, so my limited music reading skills came into play on Friday afternoon. The theme was obviously perfect, but the tune is pretty irregular (unless that was just my reading!) and rather of its age. I had a wide range of feedback afterwards. But in the end, it's healthy for me not to make the final call on every single song. I have to be careful not to make my tastes the be all and end all.

I then made a slightly clumsy segue into 'Jesus, holy and anointed', only realising as we sang that the theme of Jesus' resurrection is definitely distinct from the theme of our future resurrection.

But 'Holy' definitely lifted, people brought good contributions, and we finished with the powerful affirmation "He rose and conquered the grave/Jesus conquered the grave."

It's never the wrong time for Christians to celebrate the resurrection!

Now on to final preparations for leading a carol service this evening...