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Today is the day…

…that I give my firstborn away.  I did not really understand what I was getting myself into almost 19 years ago when we had our first baby.  I also did not understand just how incredibly fast this 19 years would go.  I don’t know how many times I have heard people say, “Enjoy them while you can, because they grow up so fast and then they are gone.”  That is the things that old people say.  Not me!  jordanndaniel

She was the first one to ever call me daddy.  That was cool to hear for the first time.  She still calls me daddy, and it is just as cool to me today.  She is the first one that I get to walk down the isle.  Not sure if that is cool or not, we will find out here in a little bit.

She loves Jesus. She is marrying a man that loves Jesus.  That is the most important thing to me. I hope that make a lot of money, become famous and have lots of kids, but that would all mean nothing if they did not love Jesus.  I am praying that the love they have for each other and for Jesus will never fail.  That will be the secret to them having a strong marriage.

I will probably cry sometime during the day.  I am a softy and an emotional person.  I will probably feel like I have lost a daughter (I know, I am gaining a son).  But I am happy for them.  I will continue to pray for them.  This is their day, and I am proud of them!

Oh, and by the way,  enjoy them while you can, because they grow up so fast and then they are gone.

Worship Confessional: December 7, 2008


Today was a big day at Glenville Church.  We planned for a day that we called Connection Sunday, which was just a day that we pushed for visitors from our people.  We had two identical services (well, sort of identical… second service was a little longer, since we had no time constraints).  We had no idea how it would work in December, with the holidays and all, so it was a bit of a risk, but we have had such good momentum that we wanted to try something that would give our people an opportunity to invite people before we got too close to Christmas.  We wanted people to see a “normal” service too, not just a special Christmas service.  Hopefully we will get some of the visitors back that we had today for our special services this season.   Our people did a good job, and we were able to see a pretty decent increase in attendance.  I am not sure as of yet what we had, but I would guess we had about a 25% increase in our attendance.

Service order went as follows:

Today Is The Day –  Brewster/Baloche
Great opener – lots of energy in this song!

Welcome by our Discipleship Pastor

You Are My StrengthMorgan
This has become a favorite of my praise teams

We then did a skit by Nicole Johnson called “Baggage.”  I cannot see how anyone that attended could not be moved by the story portrayed in this skit.  It is VERY powerful, and I think really presents what many people walk around with in this life.  The young woman that played the part did a fantastic job!  My drama director is the best, and did a great job preparing this (as did everyone else involved – My arts team is fantastic!).

We followed the skit with the choir singing “Orphans of God.”  Also a very moving song that set up where we were going with the service very well.

We then finished with:

At the CrossZschech/Morgan
This songs gets to me every time we sing it.  Great lyrics that remind us of what Christ did… wow!

Our pastor spoke on focus.  He certainly left no question as to whether God was interested in each and every person, and that He has a plan for them and can use them, no matter what kind of baggage they may be carrying.

After the message in the second service, we had a time of response to the message.  Many people came forward during this time.  It is so cool to see God work in the lives of people, and to see people respond to Him as He works!
I was just so proud of our people today.  Everyone that was involved did a fantastic job!  The tech team was on top of things.  The musicians were great today!  It was just an awesome day to be a part of Glenville Church!

This post is also part of Sunday Setlists at Fred McKinnon [dot] com.

Worship Confessional: November 30, 2008


Today was a day that I had been looking forward to for quite some time because we were able to observe the Lord’s Supper in service.  It is always a special time as a church to be able to specifically remember the sacrifice that Christ made for us.  Of course, we should remember this every day as we walk with Christ.

We started the service a little more subdued than normal… not dead, just a little quieter.  We started out by singing:

  • The Wonderful CrossTomlin/Reeves/Newton/Mason
  • Jesus MessiahTomlin/Reeves/Carson/Cash

I loved using both of these songs with this service.  The Wonderful Cross brings a little of the old in with the new, which our older and more traditional crowds probably look for when doing a Communion service.  Of course, Jesus Messiah is a newer song, but we have done it with the choir a couple times and with the congregation once, so it was very familiar to our people.  They sang it very well today!

After the opening songs, we had a quick little welcome from our Pastor, and then he took a few minutes to talk about our special Connections Sunday next week (kind of like a friend day).

The choir then sang “Sheer Beauty” from the Christmas musical Everything Glorious that we will be doing this year from our Christmas Concert.  They did a great job!

Right after the choir, we went into:

  • At The CrossZschech/Morgan

I love this song.  We had one of our women lead it with the solo part. This was the first time we had done this song.  Many people already knew it though.

We had the previous Worship Pastor, Nate Harmon (who is now at First Medina) with us today.  It was great to hear his testimony.  He and his wife also sang the song “Glory” for us, and did a great job!  It was good to see Nate!

Our pastor then took a few moments to talk about the Lord’s Supper and what it means.  We have a congregation with a huge diversity of backgrounds, so it was important to us to explain what we were doing and why we do it.  We then had a few moments to pray and contemplate.  The entire congregation came forward to pray and meditate at the altar, on the stage, or wherever they can fit.  Everyone then takes the elements and goes back to their seats.  After everyone was seated, we all took it together.  The pastor prayed, and then we sang our last two songs of the day:

  • Once AgainRedman
  • MajestySmith/Garrard

Both of these songs fit the day perfectly.  By this time the people were so focused and the Spirit of God moved in a big way as we lifted up these last two songs.  It was just an awesome worship experience!  It was also my first time to participate in the Lord’s Supper at my new church.  They are a wonderful people!  I thank God for them!

This post is also part of Sunday Setlists at Fred McKinnon [dot] com.

Worship Confessional: November 16, 2008


Ok, so I am a little late getting in on the action this week.  Sunday was my wife’s birthday, so I never got around to posting, and yesterday, I spent most of the day trying to get my son in to the Dr. so he could cough and play basketball.  So, here it is Tuesday, and I am just now posting.  We shortened the music up just a bit so we could get everything else in for the day.  Here it is:

We had a decent day.  Attendance was up, and the spirit was very good.  First service we did:

  • A New HallelujahSmith
  • Let Everything That Has BreathRedman

Second service sets included:

  • A New HallelujahSmith
  • Let Everything That Has BreathRedman
  • Jesus Messiah – Tomlin/Carson/Reeves/Cash
  • Famous One – Tomlin/Reeves

Our choir sang in both services, and did a fantastic job!  Their energy was fantastic!  We had to switch songs that we were going to sing due to our soloist getting sick.  I had a lot of people comment on how good they sounded!

We also had a goofy little skit to promo and upcoming Murder Mystery dinner that we are doing.  It was corny, but our people liked seeing our pastor involved in the skit.

We are in our missions emphasis month, so we had a missionary with us to give a testimony.

Sunday night, we had an all-church Chili feast and Hay Ride.  It was very well attended and we had a blast… well, everyone but my youngest son.  he ended up in a pond… but that is for another post!

That pretty much sums it up.  Hope everyone else had a great day!

This post is also part of Sunday Setlists at Fred McKinnon [dot] com.

Passion and emotion? What is it good for?

I was just sitting here thinking over the last several days.  Our nation has certainly witnessed some passion_worshipincredible things with this election.  People were passionate about the political process.  They were passionate about their candidate, their beliefs, and the change that they believe needs to come to this nation.  Emotions ran high… sometimes too high as people argued and displayed behavior that was childish and immature.  The passion and emotion that was shown during this process at times was even inspiring.  I think it is awesome to see people so motivated and inspired about the country, but I sit here and wonder what would happen if that same type of passion and emotion was displayed by those that are part of the church and call themselves Christ-followers?

Are we suppose to have passion and emotion about our faith?  Are we suppose to show that passion and emotion as we walk this life?  Are we, God forbid, to show passion and emotion even in our church services?  I think we do God, other Christ followers and those that are not Christ followers a great disservice if we do not.  Why should we contain passion and emotion as we worship our God?

Jesus said that the greatest command was to love God with all our heart, soul and mind.  I love this, because in saying it the way He did, Jesus was saying that we are to worship our God with our entire being.  With all of who we are.  The soul certainly is the seat of our spiritual longing, that which causes us to yearn for something greater than ourselves.  The mind is the part of life that processes truth, that deals with facts. The heart is the seat of our emotions.  I am SO glad that the Scripture puts it the way it does.  Many try to tell us that emotion has no place in our worship.  But to say that, we are denying the fact that God has made us emotional beings… and He did that for a reason.

  • If we only love God with our soul, we will find ourselves latching on to many things that call themselves spiritual, and will find ourselves worshipping things that have nothing to do with God.
  • If we love with only our mind, we find ourselves loaded down with facts and we can dupe ourselves into thinking we are great Christians because we know so much.
  • If we love God with only our emotions, we can substitute a feeling for obedience and rely on that to drive our Christian experience.

So, any one of these by themselves is not enough.  I believe that our spirit drives us to know the true God, and when we find Him, and realize who He is and what He has done, we worship Him with a passion and emotion that he has designed us for, and that is contagious to those that do not know Him.  Remove any of this, and you do not have a full love for God.

Before you read any more, I am not pastor bashing here.  I do not face this situation where I am at.  I have an awesome pastor to work WITH (emphasis added on purpose!).  He is awesome!

I have heard preachers say that you should not show emotion during the singing part of the service.  They say that it lets the flesh get involved (uhh, hello! emotion does NOT equal flesh), and when you get emotional, it puts the focus on you rather than God.  How stupid is that?  How contrary to how God made us!  Should we not get emotional about the cross and what Jesus had to go through there?  Should we not get emotional about the fact that we have been allowed to come into a relationship with God, and there is absolutely no reason God should have done that for us?

It seems many preachers only apply this to the music in a service.  Why only the music?  From what I have seen, the pastor usually feels intimidated because there is no response to his message.  He gets intimidated because people get excited in their worship of God through music (and other things in the service), but then offer no excitement when he speaks and there is no response during the invitation.  He should be asking himself why is there no emotion and passion from the people during his preaching or at the invitation?  I think many times it is because there is so little passion, preparation and prayer from the pastor in the construction of his message.

Think about it.  It is hard to get excited about a message that is ill-prepared, or that you have heard before… maybe even 2 or 3 times before.  So, instead of asking himself the hard question of why, he just decides if they are not going to be passionate and excited for the message, he does not want to see excitement, emotion and passion at any other time.  God forbid!  It is all about him after all.  That is called personal kingdom building, and has nothing to do with building the Kingdom of God!  Think about it, when is the last time you heard a preacher say that you should not say “AMEN” during his preaching?  Is that not an emotional response?  You bet it is, and it is no different than being emotional during music or any other time during the service.   Why would someone want to suppress something that God has made us to be?  We are emotional by design!   So, go ahead, be emotional!  God gave you permission, you do not need the pastor’s permission.

Oh, one other argument some pastor’s have made about this: showing emotion brings attention to a person and not to God.  That can happen.  People can seek attention in their worship by being emotional, and that is a wrong motivation and expression of emotion.  But do we dismiss all emotion because of someone like that?  I think not.  I have known more than one pastor that draws attention to himself in (or out of) the pulpit by trying to get the affection or sympathy of his people.  Is that any different?  Actually, I think it is worse.

Jesus said,  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Love Him with all your being.  Be passionate!  Be emotional!  If we can do it in politics, we can certainly do it when it comes to the worship of the Creator of all things!  God made us that way!

Congrats to my daughter!


She has been dating this young man for quite some time now, and last Saturday at the Marine Ball, he asked her to be is wife, and she accepted.  I am proud of her.  She was a great student in school, she has been a responsible teenager (oxymoron, I know) and I know she will make Daniel a great wife.  Daniel is a great young man, and is a Marine who serves our country in the Reserves.  He is set to be deployed next Spring.  Pray for his safety.  Pray for their current relationship and future marriage.   And pray for my wife and I as we decide what to do with her room!