Weekend Rundown: Be Reliable (Man Up – Wk 2)



What a great weekend we had at The Crossing! Our main text for this weekend was 2 Timothy 2. Shane Philip, our senior pastor, talked about the importance of living a life that can be an example for others.

There were a couple creative elements that we used that were very strong. We found a very good video on YouTube that featured Bryan Clay who is the Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist in the Decathlon. This video on YouTube is in 5 different parts. We played 3 of the 5 parts in the service and it made for a great tie into the message. We enjoy being able to use a story at the beginning of the service and followup the story at the end of the message. This video allowed us to end cap the “Message Elements” section of the service to link everything together. The service flow below shows how we did that this weekend.

Bryan Clay YouTube Video

We did a feature song originally performed by Rascal Flatts called “Stand.”  This was a great song that was an awesome addition to the service.

Stand – Rascal Flatts YouTube Video

Stand Chart – Stand (Rascal Flatts) – B

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Stage Set: Splatter Backdrops




We used this set twice in our former auditorium and remade it so we could use it again in the new auditorium. It is a great go to set. It is easy to make but also easy to hang and it is small enough it can be folded up and stored for a later use. We love the way they backdrops reflect the light and give a cool look.

The set is relatively easy to make. We got a couple rolls of Landscape Fabric at Home Depot and some white paint. You literally go outside (make sure you are in a spot where it isn’t a problem if paint goes everywhere) and just use brushes to throw paint all over the fabric. We made 12 backdrops that were about 20ft. and used 5 gallons of white paint and about 2 gallons of gray paint. However, we put a little too much paint on some of the backdrops.

Make sure to give the drops plenty of time to dry. We learned this the hard way when we brought them inside too soon and the paint had seeped through the holes on the fabric and we ended up scrubbing the stage for 2 hours! Another mistake we made was painting on rocks and the paint also seeped through and thousands of rocks had to be scraped off the back. Our recommendation is to use plastic underneath no matter where you paint to avoid this from happening.

We put poles in the top of the fabric and use an office stapler to make the backdrops hang like a curtain and have a really nice finished look — use lots of staples!

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Featured Song: Awake My Soul (w/ Spoken Word)

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 8.50.38 AMDuring “Truth is Stranger Than Fiction” we spent a week on the Valley of the Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37. We decided to do rendition of “Awake My Soul” by Chris Tomlin and Lecrae with the spoken word and it turned out great! We were able to do this song pretty much as it was done on the recording and it was a very cool element.

We had several conversations about the placement of this song in the service, whether pre-message or post. With the direction that the message it fit really well content wise to go post message, so that it what we did. However, it did not have the feel that we wanted it to have at the end of the message and in hindsight we would have placed the song pre message.

Chart – Awake My Soul – G

Awake My Soul @ The Crossing

You Tube Video


Featured Song: Sad

For a few days we tossed around the thought of doing a rendition of “Sad” by Maroon 5 for the first week of our Man Up series – Be Bold, based in 2 Timothy 1. We ended up putting the song back in the idea hopper because it did not quite fit the message and set a different mood than we wanted for that day.

Our Music Director changed a couple  words in the chorus to help it fit better for a church context.

We thought we would include this, even though we didn’t end up using it, in case it works better in your context or it sparks another idea.

Chart – Sad – G

Youtube Video – Original Song

Featured Song: The Words I Would Say

As apart of our Man Up series we did the song, “The Words I Would Say” by Sidewalk Prophets. We felt like the song was the same throughout the entire time, so we scaled it back for a more acoustic sound at the beginning and then built it into full band.

To make the staging feel different we put our everyone but the Keyboardist on stools and had all of our guitarist come to the front line and put the vocalists in the back. It was a nice way to mix things up.

The chart is attached: The Words I Would Say – A

Youtube Link of the Original Song


Series: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

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Truth is Stranger Than Fiction is a series we did focusing on some of the crazy stories of the Bible. The original idea was taken from a book called “Crazy Stories, Sane God” by John Alan Turner (Amazon Link). We did this series through the summer and it worked well because the weeks did not build off of each other.


In today’s society, we gravitate toward crazy fictional stories. We spend lots of money to watch them and give the writers awards for the best one! However, in the Bible we find several true stories that can top even what the best Hollywood writers can dream up. Join us for a seven week series as we go through these stories in the Bible that show that truth really is stranger than fiction.

Sermon Titles

1. Just a Bowl of Stew – Jacob & Esau (https://vimeo.com/98961730)

2. What Kind of God? – Job (https://vimeo.com/99488768)

3. The Left Handed Way of God – Ehud (https://vimeo.com/100067487)

4. A King, A Prophet and A Talking Donkey – Balaam and the Talking Donkey (https://vimeo.com/100824696)

5. Hosea Loves a What? – Hosea & Gomer (https://vimeo.com/101334026)

6. Brittle Bones – Ezekiel and the Valley of the Dry Bones (https://vimeo.com/101948943)

7. Strange Dinner Guest – David & Mephibosheth (https://vimeo.com/102545585)