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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Setlist - 12.05.10

Week #124 of Sunday Setlists. Here is our setlist for Sunday, December 5th.

- Holy is the Lord by Chris Tomlin
- O Little Town of Bethlehem by Phillips Brooks
- Jesus Paid It All by Kristian Stanfill

This morning we officially began our Christmas series, Changed by Christmas. We began the series this morning in Matthew 1.18-25, where we get a glimpse of Mary and Joseph. Now there is a young couple that was completely changed leading up to the first Christmas. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.

Now to those other worship leaders out there, where do you find your music for the Christmas season? I know there's so many standard Christmas carols out there, but what arrangements are you using with the contemporary music setting? Part of me still loves the traditional setting of carols with piano and organ, but that's just not available right now. I'd really like to find some great contemporary arrangements of the Christmas carols. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Ryan,

    You asked about Christmas arrangements. I'm doing several this year from Chris Tomlin's newest Christmas CD, Casting Crown's Christmas CD from last year, and I've also used several of the Praise Carols at Praise Charts. Praise Charts is a good place to get both contemporary and traditional carol arrangements.

    Looks like a great morning!


  2. Hi Ryan,

    I do ALL Christmas carols during the four Sundays of the Advent season. Crazy, I know, but it's fun! I use a combination of Christian artist arrangements and my own stuff. This week I did:

    - O Come All Ye Faithful (transcribed from Third Day)
    - O Come O Come Emmanuel (my arrangement in 6/8)
    - Angels We Have Heard on High (pretty straight forward, just pulled the chord progression out of a hymnal and gave it to the band).
    - Emmanuel (just the chorus, brief)
    - What Child Is This? (simple arrangement)
    - I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (my remix of Mercy Me's remix)

    I've found that younger people don't know the classic carols very well. So I try to focus on them so they don't lose touch with all the history and theological richness that the old carols carry.

    Mark Sue