Setlist - 18 Dec 2016
Morning Carol Service at Kings

Tags: carols

  • [G] O come, all ye faithful - John F. Wade
  • [F] O little town of Bethlehem - Phillips Brooks, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • [G] We three kings - John H. Hopkins Jr
  • [F] Angels from the realms of glory - James Montgomery
  • [F] Hark, the herald angels sing - Charles Wesley

A modified rerun of last week for our Family Carol Service this morning, featuring less Old Testament and more kids drama.

It was very tangible as the band rehearsed that we'd all played these carols together very recently. Everything sounded great!

The content of the service felt even more cohesive this week. I'm really pleased with how we managed to draw the challenge of responding to the refugee crisis deeply and directly out of the Gospel texts. John's spoken word was powerful again (video below). This time we sang 'We Three Kings' instead of 'Joy to the World' which made more thematic sense.

By contrast, the level of know-what-I'm-doing was much lower. I think I messed up lyrics and/or guitar parts in every carol this morning. It's definitely the end of term! But, of course, no one really notices such things, and a small amount of chaos only adds to the general merriment.

That's my last time leading worship this year. I haven't led as many services in a year since 2009. Feels like it's time for a holiday!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

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