Red Letters Wk. 4 (Nov. 22nd)

FearRedLettersThis weekend is our bi-annual Child Dedication experience. A huge DNA decision for us as we grow is to continue these family moments. It serves to remind us who we are, enhances community, and is a powerful teaching/sending moment for parents.

Set List:

This Is Amazing Grace

Good, Good Father

Trust It All

Special (Child Dedication): With All I Am

Forever Reign

Run List:  November 22, 2015


Special Music: Us For Them

Sometimes your plan collides with the world in ways you could never HAVE planned. The week prior to this service a terrorist shooting took place in San Bernardino, CA that shocked all of us. This song had already been planned in the service as our theme was “Judgment”. Little did we know this song would have such a powerful impact based on the events and emotions of the moment.

Ben Kolarcik : Us For Them

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Gungor Lyric Video

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Red Letters Wk. 2 : Doubt (Nov 8)

Week 2 of Red Letters Series centered around some of the difficult words of Jesus. This week our topic was Doubt. As a part of that we included the song “Never Once” and added a spoken word to the middle of the song.

Spoken Word Text:

As I kneel upon this battle ground
I look back and see all the times I should have drowned
I should have drowned
But I found you were faithful with my every move
Knowing Your power works within me, how could I lose
So I’ll get back on my feet, knowing you’ll meet
my every need for grace and peace
Yes Your grace gives me hope to face all that’s broken
And your peace helps sustain me as I face this open ocean
Now I can’t drown with the sound of your loving voice beside me
Abide in my love you say,  now that’s the only place I wanna stay
And you said you were the only way,
truth and life enough to face each day
So I will let your faithfulness sustain
You’re the one who overcame
You’re the one who won’t let me walk alone
The one who’ll never leave me on my own
God is faithful

Set List:

This Is Amazing Grace

No Longer Slaves

From The Inside Out

Special: Never Once

Came To My Rescue

Run Sheet:   November 8, 2015

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Weekend Rundown: Beginnings (The Story – Chapter 1)

Sunday, September 7th marked The Crossing’s very first week of The Story series–a currently popular sermon series based on the book of the same title, which is essentially an abridged, novel-esque version of the Bible that is easy to understand and study.  As the creative team, our goal is always to effectively and creatively support the theme of the message, and the brainstorming around this particular weekend was no different–the main theme centered around the story of creation, and so we wanted to find an attention-grabbing way for that to be communicated! Keep reading to see if you think we were successful…

Buttermilk…a word that has rarely even come out of my mouth, let alone to be used in the context of…painting?  Fun fact:  a layer of buttermilk is great for turning a clear/see-through surface opaque, and as is often the case in our creative team meetings, a fact that was mysteriously stumbled upon in the quest for a way to make, essentially:  1) a giant, mobile projection screen on stage that could 2) be interacted with during 3) an emotionally-moving, live instrumental piece 4) while being narrated by an inspirational voice over.  Simple!  Once we had established that as “the plan” for the creative element of the service, execution began to take place.  Buttermilk was purchased and tested as “paint”; three 8’x4′ sheets of clear plexiglass were purchased and installed in a custom-built, rolling metal frame (thank You, Lord, for skilled and willing volunteers!); the back-projection of carefully selected time-lapse images of creation was tweaked and practiced to near-perfection; the musical piece (the song “We Will Run” by the band Gungor, including a three minute instrumental overture that’s on one version of the song) was adjusted and precisely timed (as well as expertly rehearsed by our amazing team of volunteer musicians); the voice over was written and recorded to match the projected images, which were brought to life live onstage by a charismatic painter who didn’t mind enduring buttermilk-splatter as we rehearsed the piece over and over.  If this sounds like it was an over-the-top undertaking, that’s because it WAS!  Below are a few links/resources to some of the specific elements of the whole piece; check back soon for links to related posts where I will further break down the process/”secrets” of some of the elements!


Link to a Youtube video of the piece in its entirety: 


“We Will Run” by Gungor –  YouTube Video

Order of Service:

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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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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