12-28-2008 Collision

Worship Recap
A Part of Fred Mckinnon's Blog Carnival

I am happy to report that I am on vacation. :)

However, Carla Vanderbilt stepped in for me and led the worship. Here was her set:

Marvelous Light
Grace Like Rain
We Fall Down

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Christmas Eve

Well, it is Christmas Day and I am heading home from the church. This was my first Christmas Eve at MUMC and five services later, I am wiped. It was really neat for me to see all the diversity that took place in the different services. This is the run down:

4pm- Children's Service; chaotic and totally fun! They did a retelling of the Christmas story withthe kids silently acting out the parts as the story was read. I did some graphics and ran the booth for this service. It was really fun and everything went very well.
6pm- Carols and Hymns; I wasn't at this service save the beginning because I was doing a final runthrough with the Collision team.
7:15- Collision; this was a cool moment for me. We did an original narrative of the Christmas story called, "I Can Hear You," with songs interwoven. I wrote monologues for various people that were a part of the original Christmas story and then interfaced it with the voice of today, trying to understand and believe. Jason was with his family so we did a Rob-Bell-Ish video of Jason teaching, that turned out amazing. We had a record high attendance and people were truly affected.
8pm- Communion- I just caught the last of this service after Collision finished up.
11pm- Carols and Communion- I did the Advent reading for this service, which was cool. Kathi, Gwyn, Kerri, and Jay showed up and sat on the front row with me. It was a fun time and the service ended by candlelight outdoors singing Silent Night and Joy to the World.
(these are my summations, not the church's)

I will now go home and sleep and then drive to my parents' for Christmas, where I will stay through New Years.

Merry Christmas!


12-21-2008 Collision

Worship Recap
A Part of Fred Mckinnon's Blog Carnival

Sermon: God's Answer to Hurt is Love

This morning was a lot of fun. We sang some Christmas songs and looked at God's offer to us of love. I can't believe that Christmas is upon us! Where did this year go?

Worship Set:
Let God Arise- Chris Tomlin- B
Angels We Have Heard on High- G
O Holy Night- G
Away In A Manger- D to E
Here I am to Worship- E

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Crazy Christmas Weekend!!

So this weekend was absolutely insane, but incredibly rewarding. Here's the rundown:

Josh and Coty came into town and joined up with Mat and Carla and I as we played for the City Rescue Mission's Christmas Party. This was a blast. The show started at 6 and we wrapped up around 7 with "I'll Fly Away." I've never seen a room full of people more excited about a song. It was awesome!

After we broke down and packed up (I had to provide PA) Kathi and Gwyn and I headed over to Murray Hill Theatre to see Coming This Fall play for Rock for the Rescue- a benefit concert for the City Rescue Mission. It was really a great time. See- Korey, who plays drums for Collision on Sunday mornings, plays guitar for CTF. It was great to be able to support him and cheer him on! They had an awesome show.

I got home around 11:30 and proceeded to hang out with my company... the good hostess that I am (haha). Finally retired around 1:30am.

I had a miserable headache Friday night so on the way home I chose not to stop by the church and set a CD out for the men's prayer breakfast, but determined I would do that in the morning. Stupid me.

I awoke at 6am to be at the church by 6:45, unsure of whether the breakfast started at 7 or 7:30. Of course it was 7:30. I then went down to Famous Amos (amazing homecooked food) for some panfried breakfast goodness, followed by a brief nap upstairs in the youth room before Cantata rehearsal at 9:30am. Rehearsal was good... minus the part where I jumped the chorus and got "the look" from Sandy as I quickly got back in line. :)

Kathi then helped me setup chairs and tables for tonight's Coffee House.

Next Stop: The Avenues Mall. Here I was looking for an outfit for the cantata and seeing Josh and Coty off after a nice lunch at Ruby Tuesdays. Well... after trying on everything Ann Taylor had to offer, we headed for lunch with no purchases made. We were with Kathi and her daughter (8) and her neice (4ish) and nephew (2). The poor nephew got tripped and busted his lip, so I was playing mom to him trying to get that under control... we got back out to keep waiting for a table just in time for the 8 year old to accidentally spill water in his lap which sent him into meltdown. (Really unimportant details, but they just helped color in the weekend.)

Kathi dropped me back off at the church and I continued setting up for the Coffee House that would start at 8pm tonight. I left there at 3:30pm ran home, swung by Kohls and bought a shrt, did some miraculous ironing, straightened my hair, did my make-up, and was off for the cantata. First I helped get the band for the Coffee House loaded in. Then I got a call to report to the sanctuary where I was informed that the music director hadd changed the key of my song (6pm). This was a good thing becuase by the 5th key change of "My Grown Up Christmas List" in Eb, it was pushing my range. However, I am a creature of habit and I'd been singing through the song all week starting in Eb, so I was a bit thrown.

7pm: Cantata a.k.a. mild personal disaster.
Really it wasn't that bad, but I couldn't remember the last line to the chorus... at all. I made it through and to someone who didn't know the song and wasn't musically inclined... it would have been okay.

8pm: Coffee House; here we hosted Experiment Theory (a.k.a. The Dundies) and Steve Collum. It was a great night- the music was excellent and it was one of our biggest crowds. I left the church at 10:45pm after breaking down and was in bed by 11:30pm.

Sundays are usually chaotic, so this was not too much in and of itself, but the combo was potent. I arrived on the scene at 6:45am (again) to finish up bulletins, videos, and to get the stage setup. 7:30am, run through of my song with Sandy... flawless. I was in the sanctuary at 8am. Show started at 8:15am- I sang pretty well. I was still pretty nervous, but did well overall.

Then, I headed over to the fellowship hall to have worship practice for Collision. That went well and then I swung in the sanctuary to see how things were going for the 9:45 service. All was well so I caught a few alone minutes in my office to detox. I was then in the sanctuary at 10:55am for the final run of the Cantata. This was my homerun. The Kings Kids (7-10ish in age?) sang 365 days of christmas first and then sat on the steps as I came out and sang to them. My favorite part of this recipe was that for this final time I had two of the little boys turning around and sticking their tongues out at me. Hysterical. It was all I could do to not die laughing. I guess it is true that what goes around comes around... I should write apology letters to my old music directors!

Finally, I slid into Collision at about 11:25, just in time to catch my breath and begin worship, which went really well.

1pm- Lunch at Moe's with Kathi, Kerri, and the Kids.

2pm- Home watching football with Judah.

4pm- went to Kerri's and made Christmas cookies, pizza, and fajitas with the kids. It was a trip. I broke her blender and so she had to go buy a new one. Coincidentally she forgot to buy several ingredients for the Neiman Marcus Cookies and so we had to half the recipe, which really was fine because it still made over 50 cookies.

11pm- sleep.



12-14-08 Collision

Worship Recap

Sermon: God's Answer to Sorrow is Joy

Frankly- this was an absolutely insane and amazing weekend that I am still recovering from! Our Christmas Cantata was this weekend and the last round of it was at 11am this morning, so I had to sing and then sprint, yes literally sprint in my heels (I have witnesses... unfortunately) and slide into Collision to begin worship.

Continuing with our series, "Answers" we talked this morning about God's offer to us of Joy. Jason did a great job of walking through the story of Lazarus. The point that is sticking with me from this week is when Martha comes to Jesus and says, "if only..." How many times and in how many ways do I throw up my "if only's?" Sometimes they are directed at God, but many times they are directed at myself. Instead, I am challenged to believe that God is who he says he is and that I don't need to waste my energy on things I cannot and should not change. By letting God be God I think it makes joy more accessible.

Worship Set:
Joy to the World- My own arrangement- Key of G#m
Lead Me to the Cross- Brooke Fraser- Key of Bm
I Want the Joy- Rita Springer- Key of D

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12-07-08 Collision

Worship Recap

Sermon: God's Answer to Worry is Peace

This morning we began continued our Advent series, "Answers." Pastor Missy came in and offered a fresh look at God's offer of peace to us. It was a bit of a chaotic morning for me personally, but it ended beautifully. We wrapped the service up with New Doxology and a video from Google earth zooming out from the church to the greater world at large. That was the whole idea- that everything is so much bigger than me.

Worship Set:
You Lifted Me Out- Chris Tomlin- Key of Db
Not to Us- Chris Tomlin- Key of E
The More I Seek You- Zach Neese- Key of E
New Doxology- Gateway- Key of D (closed with this one)

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Hanging of the Greens

Last night was my first go at the church's Hanging of the Greens service. It was such an encouraging evening, watching everyone decorate the sanctuary and enjoy each others company. I was a little disappointed not to have had the opportunity to participate in the service musically. I think the Collision worship team would have done an excellent job leading in a song or two- maybe next year. Instead I ran the helm of the sound booth and from a technical perspective executed a perfect service.

whole day was a bit interesting technically. I got a phone call at 7am that the regular sound guy wouldn't be there. When I arrived at the church to get things going at 8am, I discovered that the sound system and the projector were both not working. Apparently they had been experiencing some power surges and such. It took me until half way through the first service to get the sound up and then it wasn't until after the last service that Gary could get the ladder out and reset the projector. Thankfully, that is all the problem was and it wasn't permanently damaged.