I've had a few different people ask me about songs played during worship sets before Bible Study on Saturday nights, so I thought that I might as well list them out on ye olde blog.
The drill is as follows: early arrivals get to Koinonia for setting the place up for later in the evening, or to merely relax and enjoy a meal before church. Around 5:30, we have a little praise & worship moment that usually has either me picking some songs or someone handing me a CD. I can't lie ... I prefer the former, even though I know my own taste in music limits the optionsavailable for this. Around 6, it's time for Bible Study, and that breaks up just before the Saturday night service starts.
The last two weeks have had the following set-lists spinning from my cellphone.
1. Glory in the Highest (Chris Tomlin)
2. Love (Above the Golden State)
3. I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)
4. My Deliverer (Chris Tomlin)
5. Salvation is Here (Lincoln Brewster)
1. Holy Spirit, Come and Move (Ryan Bell)
2. Unfailing Love (Chris Tomlin)
3. Come Alive (Robbie Seay Band)
4. Glory in the Highest (Chris Tomlin)
Yeah, very heavy on the Chris Tomlin. As is the case with my non-Christian preferred music, I tend to steer clear of whatever's popular or current, but there are some exceptions. Here, it's definitely Tomlin. Who knows ... maybe one day I'll get sick and tired of listening to him.
If it were entirely up to me, I'd definitely love to work in some more Lincoln Brewster, and I may yet make another attempt at finding a song that fits nicely in this sort of list for next week. Most of the other material that I tend to listen to for a similar effect consists of too many different styles of music to play for good effect on Saturday nights. I've tried, for instance, to play some Erin O'Donnell, Jonathan Butler, and Jacque DeShetler (all of whom I love), but the musical style just clashes, ever so subtlely with anything more "traditional" that I put in the list.
The latest news on tunage for this section of the evening is that Koinonia may ultimately be getting a budget in order to have some live music for this. That's usually preferred and I'm hopeful that it works out. In the meantime, I'm making a concerted effort to include a tune from Israel Houghton's latest for next week.