Several months ago we held an open audition night at CVC. We asked people to bring any instrument that they could play, whether it matched our "style" or not. Well...did they ever bring it! We ended up having someone come to audition with a banjo, dobro, and mandolin...and they were awesome! We weren't too sure how it would work with our typical weekend service, but I think we came up with the perfect place for them! We wanted to make sure to utilize these amazing musicians that God had placed into our congregation...but we weren't sure just how....so this is what we did...We had a BLUEGRASS weekend at CVC this weekend...and man was it full blown AMERICANA!!! I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to see the smiles on the faces of people in our congregation, they were absolutely loving it...every single service. Our bluegrass band consisted of a banjo, a fiddle, a mandolin, a stand-up bass and an acoustic guitar.
The Worship Set (bluegrass style)
Praise the Lord (complete bluegrass/gospel feel)
Our God Saves by Paul Baloche
Worship You Forever
Bluegrass Medley: I'll fly away, This little light of Mine, Will the Circle be unbroken..This song was my absolute favorite! We sang each of the three songs with a banjo, mandolin, and fiddle solo in between each, and then we did a medley of them all together! Absolutely fun STUFF!
Weekend highlight: One of my favorite moments was when Pastor Mark, who led this weekend, walked up to Johnny (our blind bass player), and put his arm on Johnny's shoulder...Johnny beamed from ear to ear, and I imagined Jesus in that moment...two of his kids, having fun bringing their Father joy!
This post is in collaboration with other worship leaders over at Fred McKinnon's Setlist Carnival. Be sure to check it out!