Rock It

Today’s Setlist for CVC:

  • All Because of Jesus – Steve Fee
  • No One Like You – David Crowder
  • I Am Free – Jon Egan
  • You Never Let Go – Matt Redman
  • We Fall Down – Chris Tomlin

It was a slim crowd today. It always hard to engage people where there’s 5 empty chairs between each person.

Then, afterward a friend told me, “Great job Billy! Worship felt like a rock concert!” That was pretty encouraging.

This post is part of Setlist Sundays.

17 Responses to “Rock It”

  1. 1 HL October 5, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Billy, be encouraged that God was there no matter how many people where there, or how much you looked or sounded like Bon Jovi today ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that we can’t make him leave. God is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 2 dorothy (vicar of vibe) October 5, 2008 at 8:46 pm

    So agree with HL. Well said.
    I know it can be discouraging…
    Until we remember it is all about worshiping Him.
    Keep rocking your heart out to Him!

  3. 3 Dean Lusk October 5, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    I feel your pain. We have two services, and the 9:30 is never packed. But today it was painfully non-packed. I think that we were about 1/4 of the way full in it. I can personally think of 20 people who were out of town, so it wasn’t skip day. Just low attendance everywhere due to fall break, I assume.

    I’m trying to put myself into your shoes, wondering if I’d find it encouraging if someone said those words to me. I’m afraid I’d feel like we had put on a performance for people rather than led them to the throne of God. But I’m not sure. It is possible to do both, and I think that if we use our gifts with excellence, we’ll arrive at that place.

  4. 4 Dean Lusk October 5, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    By the way, excellent song list!!

  5. 5 jan owen October 5, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    We opened with “I Am Free”! And yes, it is tough to lead worship with so much space……I just gave up leading clapping and worshiped. There were worshipers there, just not as many as I’d like. I had a good friend (my age about) whose 75 year old mother is remarrying and they were in the 2nd service. It was sweet to see Kathy and her mom standing side by side raising their hands praising Jesus! And I had two sub band members, which should have been 40% challenging but they did a great job! Shout out to Wendel and Sheila!

    Sometimes I think it’s my attitude that is the trouble on these low weekends when I know we’re just NOT gonna rock!

  6. 6 Mike October 6, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Where two or three are gathered, right, Billy? I get so discouragesd when I look out from the stage and see who’s NOT there. But then I remember that God IS there, and that’s what counts. Just be sure someone is reaching out to those who should be there…


  7. 7 Billy Chia October 6, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Bon Jovi huh? ok.

    Actually, I can’t take credit for the “concert” feel – the band was ON POINT. I’ve turned my guitar up loud a thousand times and not gotten comments like “today rocked.” The whole team has to pull through to make excellence happen.

    My friend meant it as a compliment and I took it as such.

    It goes to the whole “feel” of the worship. “Concert” speaks to the excellence of the sound guy and the media tech. It’s a wholly different comment from “Billy, you were such a rockstar today.”

    I think we had the same type of crowd. All the regular “worshipers” were super into it (way more that average). We just didn’t reach the critical mass to engage everyone collectively.

    Yeah, I think what was encouraging was that the team didn’t give up just because attendance was down. They threw their guts into it. We praised God like nothing else and totally rocked the house. If you were just watching the band you’d have never known how many were in the audience.

  8. 8 Dean Lusk October 6, 2008 at 7:14 am

    “‘Concert’ speaks to the excellence of the sound guy and the media tech. Itโ€™s a wholly different comment from ‘Billy, you were such a rockstar today.'”

    Ah, yes! perspective, perspective! ๐Ÿ™‚ I get it now.

  9. 9 Paul J. October 6, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Dude…I had like 40 empty chairs directly in front of me. I know the whole where-two-or-more-are-gathered thing, but it STILL sucks the life out of a room…

  10. 10 fmckinnon October 6, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Dean voiced my thoughts, Billy answered them for us both. Well done.

    For the Kingdom,
    Fred McKinnon

  11. 11 brent(inWorship) October 6, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Keep it going Billy. Your doing it for an audience of one and you do it well. So keep pleasing Him.

    Have you found that there is a new perspective to your worship times, now that you are bi-vocational?

  12. 12 Eric M. October 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Everything we do is for an audience of ONE. 1 Cor.10:31

  13. 13 Kristin October 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Dude. It’s Fall break! And our church is in an area where EVERYBODY takes a vacation for fall break. Don’t take it personally.

  14. 14 Billy Chia October 6, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Yeah Bivocational is different. I personally wasn’t as rehearsed on the music as I like to be. That’ll take getting used to.

    God is still God so that doesn’t change.

    In all honestly there’s not any real big change in our Sunday morning worship.

    On the one hand that’s good – I take pride in what God is doing through my team and what he allows me to personally accomplish. I feel good that the caliber of our worship ministry has remained high and is in fact increasing.

    On the other hand it feels “fake” like I’m playing pretend. Nothing has changed from the perspective of the person in the pew. It feels like something should be different – like that would be more honest.

    Amen and amen.

  15. 15 Steve October 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Hope your transition into the world of bi-vo continues to improve. The amount of practice time may never be the same, but that might make your limited practice times even better.

  16. 16 Peter Park October 6, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    Isn’t it funny? Sometimes when the church isn’t as full or the worship isn’t as loud we get discouraged. Then God sends one of his people to say that it was awesome. Strange but awesome.

  17. 17 Billy Chia October 6, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    You totally hit the nail on the head. God is awesome despite how many people show up.

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