Sunday Summary – Music: January 18, 2009

I tell you – you want to get out of a rut? Shake things up, baby!

We’re all still adjusting to the learning curve of having Andy’s message live at all 3 campuses, and the growing pains associated with that.

If you’ve attended North Point, Buckhead Church of Browns Bridge over the last few weeks, hopefully you’ve experienced a seamless and satisfying worship service. Just know that there’s been a whole lot of planning and miracle working behind the scenes to make that happen!

Just like a good Quaterback and Offinsive Line can call an effective audible, so too have our 3 campuses been learning to adjust quickly and effectively.

Now obviously good planning means a minimal amount of chaos on Sunday, but still, the need and ability to be flexible in the small (yet crucial) things has presented itself as a more important skill set for our producers, Worship Leaders, musicians, and production volunteers.

Fortunately we work with some absolutely amazing people, so it’s been more of a fun adventure than a tragic endeavor!

It’s the balance of the host campus planning ahead and (also trimming as needed – including live!) so Andy is on stage and speaking about 3-5 minutes before the other 2 campuses need. The other two campuses buffer the message on a TiVo-type device, and then begin playback as needed.

BUT!!! The other 2 campuses also need to be prepared to stall / stretch if the host campus is late or if there’s a technical issue.

So that was us this week!

We planned some lengthy stuff at the top of the service that needed to be done anyway (a missions video, lots of beginning-of-the-year announcements, worship, baptisms, and even a prepared tag of a worship song).

Unfortunately a 3rd worship tune got left off that list, but some of the other stuff had to be done (missions video, announcements, baptism).

We did:

You Are by Todd Fields

Wonderful The Love by Mike Gleason

So we mixed up the tunes a bit – one familiar tune and one relatively new one. We also realized that the last couple weeks’ music have been a bit in the melancholy department, so we did a fast tune and an upper-mid tempo one. And one was written by one of yesterday’s Worship Leaders, and the second was written by the other WL.

See how much thought we put into song selection! And that’s just for two songs!

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East Band – Todd Fields, Ashley Appling, Pat Malone, Brad Avery, Ryan Stuart, Me

West Band – Mike Gleason, Mike Hines, Jeremy Moyers, Rachael Gillis, Earl South, Wayne Viar, Chris Arias

OK, a few stage shots from East during announcements (fed from West).

Ashley Appling (drums), Pat Malone (bass)


Brad Avery:


Todd Fields, Ryan Stuart:


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What are YOU adjusting to this New Year?

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One thought on “Sunday Summary – Music: January 18, 2009

  1. How about replacing four band members on the fly due to an ice storm? That takes some adjusting! I actually always love Sundays like that for some reason. It brings a little critical thinking into the equation and keeps you on your toes!

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