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Sunday Setlists…7/1/12

This post is part of what is going on over at The Worship Community…specifically with the weekly posts of setlists done in churches all over the world. You can check out the submissions for this past weekend here. For purposes of this post, it involves what occurred at the North Campus of The Woods Church.

Here we go…

1. God is With Us Now…by Gateway Worship in A

I welcomed everyone and set up our July 4th video…here is a link to the video we used…

Next our service host, Christen, came up and worked through the announcements and a turn and greet time…

2. We Are the Free…by Matt Redman in A

3. Your Love Never Fails…by Jesus Culture in A

Lerrin, our campus pastor came up to set up the offering time…

4. Great I Am…by Jared Anderson in C

5. Forever Reign…by Hillsong in C

6. I Want to Know You…by Jesus Culture in C

We had a time of ministry and prayer, handled by Lerrin as well…

Then our series bumper video was played and Lerrin introduced the speaker for the morning. It was our youth pastor from the South Campus, Matt Ciaramitaro.


This past week was a seemed to really fly by! We decided to completely redesign our stage and give it a fresh look. So with the help of a couple volunteers I stripped it all down on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday were spent making the changes and constructing pieces to go on the stage. Here are some shots of the change…

This is a shot from Easter 2012… This is the beginning of our tear down… Measuring, cutting, and predrilling… Constructing..and painting… Side angle of the finished product… View from the booth on Sunday morning…

I found a design of imitation truss on Church Stage Design Ideas…we decided to give it a try and it worked out great! In the end we constructed four 5 foot truss for right at $200. That includes the PVC, screws, spray paint…and the cleaner and adhesive that we bought, but didn’t use. We added some insulation panels to the back wall, that our South Campus had previously used and were going to store away…I was very pleased with how things turned out and with the money that we didn’t have to spend to make it look good! I had numerous people comment on the stage and how they liked the change.

The service went great. We were actually introducing the first tune and the band did a great job! The congregation was very involved in the worship time, especially during our second set. I could really sense God’s presence during our ministry/prayer time and it was evident that God was speaking to people, long before the teaching began. Matt’s message focused in on how we should fear God and not man…with some great real life situations where we all fear men. The congregation was really dialed in to what he was sharing.

(Side note…I hope to have a link or links up soon for the messages and worship sets…)

So there you have it…

Sunday Setlists…7/1/12


Sunday Setlists…6/24/12

This post is part of what is going on over at the worship community…specifically with the weekly posts of setlists done in churches all over world. you can check the submissions for this past weekend here. For The Woods, it was another morning to celebrate. For the McKanna family it was a special weekend, as our new church family officially welcomed us.

But back to the logistics of the service right?!

Our service and setlist at The Woods North Campus went as follows…

1. Tell The World…by Hillsong United in A

Then I gave a quick welcome with a turn and greet time. Pastor Lerrin came up for announcements and offering set up…

2. Counting on God…by New Life Worship in B

3. Let God Arise…by Chris Tomlin in B

Next was our new sermon series bumper…followed by our week 1 message by Pastor Lerrin on how not to stay stuck. He closed up the message by setting up a ministry and response time.

4. Sweetly Broken…by Jeremy Riddle in B

5. Marvelous Light…by Charlie Hall in B

6. Victorious…by Gateway Worship in B

I closed out the service encouraging everyone to go out and live victoriously in the week ahead…but to not leave too soon because there was a cookout/party after the service.


The service itself started out a little slow, if you know what I mean. It’s summer time in Michigan and people up here enjoy the weather when they can. Sometimes that means people tend to take their time coming into the service itself. This week was one of those weeks. But by the time we were taking the offering, the people had filed in.

I tried a more abrupt ending to Counting on God, as opposed to the more acapella ending that slows down. I also asked the drummer to hit the roll and start Let God Arise, right away. This was a little tricky because we were using a click track Counting on God, but not for Let God Arise. He pulled it off perfectly! The energy was definitely there by the time we got to the message. I’m even thinking it was just too much energy to then bring back down right away…but who knows.

Pastor Lerrin did a great job of keeping people engaged and spoke on a very relevant issue for everyone. His message was entitled, Going No Where and the passage that he used was John 21. He set up the ministry time of allowing God to break us free and get us out of being stuck. I played acoustic behind him to set up Sweetly Broken. It was our first week for this tune, which is undoubtedly my favorite to lead, and the band picked it up great! The final three song set went very smooth. Again we used a click track for the final song, but my drummer got that started quickly and I spoke briefly just to break up any dead space.

I would love input on using click tracks and how to keep from having dead space if they are used back to back…! Right now I set up each click track as its own playlist on an iPod classic. Our drummer has to manually start each one. I’m still getting used to using them and how to set them up for smooth transitions…

The welcome party was AMAZING! The church brought in a bounce house and an ice cream cart, in addition to the grilling that was going on. It was great to see about 80% of our congregation stick around and take part in the welcome. I’m not sure which the kids enjoyed more, the bounce house or the ice cream cart. I was all over the Choco Taco, so there was no questioning my favorite. Afterwards as I was driving home, I was overwhelmed at the kindness and generosity of so many people. From the simple kind words and introductions to welcome cards and even gift cards for our family. We are more than blessed!

So there you have it…

Sunday Setlists…6/24/12…

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Sunday Setlists…is BACK!

so it’s now 2012 and i’m posting my first setlist in a LONG time, since 4/1/10 to be exact! it was my second week in a new position that i have taken, as a worship leader for The Woods. i get to work with a great team of staff, not to mention all of the musicians and volunteers. i can’t wait to see what God has in store for all of us. you can read a little more about that here

this post is part of what is going on over at the worship community…specifically with the weekly posts of setlists done in churches all over world. you can check the submissions for this past weekend here

this was our palm sunday setlist, from 4/1/2012…at the woods north campus in chesterfield, mi…

1. rise and sing…by fee

then we had welcome and announcements, done by our campus pastor’s wife, jen.

2. everlasting God…by lincoln brewster

3. our God…by chris tomlin

this was followed up by worship through offering. the set-up was handled by our campus  pastor, lerrin wentworth.

4. forever reign…by hillsong united

5. great I AM…by new life worship

6. i want to know You…by Jesus culture…we just vamped on the bridge of this one

worship was followed by a time of corporate prayer. we also had a hilarious palm sunday video you can preview here

then pastor lerrin gave a great message on the fact that God did not send Jesus to fix our problems or to handle the things the way that we think He should, but He came to SAVE us.


it was a very busy weekend, with rehearsing both for palm sunday and easter sunday…saturday night. (i am still working back in ohio and due to prior commitments couldn’t get up to michigan until saturday…) but the band and tech team came prepared and we worked through everything in three hours time. the run through and service on sunday both went great!

i was doubling as a barista on sunday morning which i enjoyed…it was tough for me not to drink more bean than i was making though! i was also excited to have several family members come up for the first time…kasey’s mom and dad, my mom and grandma…all packed in the mini van with kasey and the kids.

what is impacting me most so far, is the love that the people of the woods have for me and my family, and especially my children. everyone greets you with a smile and could not be more welcoming. molly and cooper are already making new friends and settling in quite well. little izzy even made us all some cookies to eat on our trip home.

speaking of the trip home…i have to say that the 2 1/2 hour drive back each sunday is not so fun…especially when the lawn needs mowed as soon as you arrive! but i’m thankful for being a part of what God is doing in and through the woods and i’m excited to see what He is going to do in and through the mckanna family as we join in this adventure!

sooo there you have it…

sunday setlists…is BACK!

molly’s got connections!!!

not too long ago the mckanna family started a nightly prayer time. we always pray for our meals as a family and i pray with molly in her room every night before going to bed. but without really organizing or planning anything, we just started praying together as a family.

to my surprise cooper does very well at being still. every night he is one thankful little boy. he spends his entire time of prayer thanking God for various things. usually he is thankful for the people that we have seen that day and for being able to go outside. he loves to go outside!

then molly takes her turn. we don’t prompt her to pray for things, but simply allow her to pray. so we can take NO credit…she will pray for cooper to share and not hit. she prays for the whole world to be a good family. but then she pulls this request out of no where that is just AWESOME!

recently she has prayed for her great grandma, “grandma ruby”, and that her back would get better. she prayed for our friends paul and jen to have strength for their work. (jen’s step-father had passed away, just two weeks after her grandfather had passed.) she prayed for grandpa’s throat to get better because he had a cold. she prayed for mommy’s neck to get better because it was hurting.

then she got me!

molly decided to start praying for “daddy’s voice, his heart, and his singing at church.” she has continued to pray for me in this area, every night this week! she asks God to help me be ready and for my voice to be strong…due to a long dramatic story that isn’t for the blog-osphere, i have only lead worship a handful of times in the last eleven months, in a public setting anyways…so i wasn’t real sure what i needed to be ready for, but i was VERY THANKFUL for her prayers and her concern for daddy!

then i had lunch yesterday…it looks like i may start leading worship twice a month, through a couple different opportunities. COOL! i woke up this morning and after getting ready i checked my cellphone. i had a text message telling me to take a look at facebook. my friend tug at WillRock4Food had posted an announcement…

Just opened my email to an offer that has been accepted…NICE…Kristian Stanfill will be in Lima, Ohio on November 6…

this was followed by instructions for two guys to put together bands for that night…i was one of those guys!?! who…WHAT?!?

this morning…thankful doesn’t come close to where i’m at! i can’t even begin to tell you! NONE of this may come together…it may ALL fall through…but it has reminded me that God is far from done with jon mark! He created me with a gift and wants me to use it!

it has also shown me that…

molly’s got connections!!!

ONE God…ONE Voice…ONE Night…

sooo, it’s over…kind of sort of…but not really…i’m still processing all that has taken place in the past month and especially yesterday as we gathered to worship ONE God, with ONE Voice, on ONE Night…

i’m not going to lie, there was a lot ton of work involved…and i’m sure that there are more than enough people annoyed with me at constantly asking for equipment…time…finances…TIME…and more equipment…but i needed every last bit of help that i could get…and i’m amazed at how God was able to pull everything together…in the end the entire thing cost less than $300…there were printing costs, the sound system, and a CCLI Event License…that was it!!!

i put together a 19 song setlist…NINETEEN…and had no clue if there would even be 19 people that would show up…but everyone pulled it together…no, GOD pulled it together…and i can say with confidence that we all gave it everything we had…

in the end somewhere around 350 people showed up to worship…with the exception of a few blunders on my part, i was able to worship freely in a way that i haven’t in a while…it was awesome to simply be a part of whatever God was doing…and He was doing something…as of this morning there was a total of $3,870.00 raised for Royal Family Kids Camp of Allen Co…i’m told that is the largest single donation ever for them…GOD is sooo good!!!

but just in case i tried to take some credit…or get a little prideful…molly had to give me her critique of the evening…”good job daddy. why did you sing so long?”…she even asked me that again this morning when she woke up…NICE!!!

here is the setlist we used…(90% sure on the artists)

1. we stand…by lee mcderment

2. Hosanna…by starfield

3. salvation is here…by hillsong united

4. reign in us…by starfield

5. our God…by chris tomlin

6. stronger…by hillsong united

7. how great is our God…by chris tomlin

8. how He loves us…by john mark mcmillan

9. revelation song…by gateway worship

10. awakening…by chris tomlin

11. ready now…by desperation band

12. from the inside out…by hillsong united

13. arms open wide…by hillsong united

14. mighty to save…by hillsong united

15. sweetly broken…by jeremy riddle

16. Jesus paid it all…by kristian stanfill

17. marvelout light…by charlie hall

18. rise and sing…by steve fee

19. our God is love…by lee mcderment

HUGE thanks to everyone that helped out…to the band…to the singers…to all of the techies…to the UNOH Event Center…and to ALL who gave to Royal Family…i am truly amazed and encouraged to look back and see what God has done!!!

there you have it…

ONE God…ONE Voice…ONE Night…